Medicare Debate Presents Huge Opportunity for Gutsy Republicans

There is a story today, “Anxious GOP Vows to Improve Medicare Message After New York Loss — A day after a crushing defeat in a New York special election, House GOP lawmakers defended their vote to reform Medicare but grumbled that their leaders must do a better job of messaging. ‘If we’ll just stay with our argument and do a better job developing it, we’ll be fine,’ said Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), one of many Republicans blaming GOP candidate Jane Corwin’s loss on the presence of a Tea Party candidate who siphoned away votes in a three-way race. The defeat of Corwin was a stunning blow in what had been seen as a reliable Republican district won less than a year ago by GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, who was trounced statewide by Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Democrats credited Kathy Hochul’s victory to a flood of ads targeting Corwin for supporting the GOP budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan.”

That’s not what happened. Now, the Democrats would love for you to think that Medicare reform lost, but it didn’t. Dirty tricks won, pure and simple. Now, you can say that the Republican message was weak and it probably was. The Republicans are reluctant to say anything, hoping that the less they say the better off they’ll be, political correctness and so forth, worried about offending somebody. But they do have to do some work on the messaging.



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