Johnson sees himself as the Republican best positioned to put a "voice to the national outrage over being bankrupt" -- and the candidate best positioned to deliver on tea party demands for a balanced budget. Or, as he put it, he is "serving up a plateful of truth."
I believe there's a truth, but I told him I am uncomfortable when anyone proclaims himself a "truth" teller. It's the conundrum of modern American politics. The more certain and consistent the politician's message, the harder it is to believe he's for real.