Zito: Will Medi-SCARE Tactic Work Politically?

Salena Zito
Townhall - With the 2012 election approaching, you wouldn’t expect to hear one of Washington’s savviest Democratic strategists praise Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., for his budget plan on Medicare. “Any time you hand your opponent a club, knowing full well he is going to beat you over the head with it for 18 long months, that is courageous,” the strategist says. Democrats’ 2012 slogan will be that Ryan – and everyone else with “Republican” attached to their names – is taking Medicare from seniors.
Kathleen Sebelius
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius began late last week, saying that Ryan’s proposal will lead to early deaths among seniors. One Republican strategist says his party can’t allow Democrats to “get away with the fundamental dishonesty” of frightening “every senior on Medicare today” because “they know darned well the program will remain unchanged for anyone 55 or older.” Yet “Medi-scare” is a strategy that worked for Democrats before. Will it work again? Read full column here: News New Mexico



Anonymous said...

A great number of voters know that Democrats always accuse the Republicans of trying to kill grandma and grandpa with medicare cuts. That's not why the democrats won big in 2006 and 2008. Voters also know that republicans always accuse democrats of over spending, even though they too go along with the spending. So what happened in 2010? Only the republicans were serious about deficit reduction. So what about 2012? The republicans are still the only party interested in deficit reduction. That's why big spenders will get crushed and democrats are the only party not resisting the temptation to spend taxpayer's money and raise taxes. The economy continues to be on shaky ground the democrats don't seem to be too concerned with this. They will probably lose again.

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