It appears that the results of the NY26 race have not yet sunken in with the GOP…
Republicans woke up Wednesday and began rapidly reworking their message on Medicare in the wake of a stunning defeat in an upstate New York special election Tuesday night.
With another potential setback looming in September in a House election in Nevada, GOP leaders are trying to counter attack by playing up Medicare cuts Democrats embraced in last year’s health care reform law. They’re also attacking Democrats for not being willing to do anything about Medicare solvency. And, not surprisingly, the GOP is trying to write off Democrat Kathy Hochul’s upset victory as an anomaly.
Across the board, House Republicans were both defiant and defensive Wednesday, yet behind the scenes they are warning their rank-and-file lawmakers to be prepared to aggressively justify their support for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program.
“The lesson for Republicans is that if you voted for the Ryan budget, you better be prepared to defend it,” a top House Republican aide said on Wednesday morning.
Another GOP insider added: “It doesn’t change anything except for serve as a reminder to our guys this isn’t 2010 and they are going to have to get their [act] together to win these kinds of skirmishes.”
Republicans in the 87-member GOP freshmen class – elected last November with on a wave of tea party support – said they won’t back off on Medicare, even if it costs them next year at the polls. One senior House Republican aide suggested backpedaling on the Ryan Medicare plan would be “worst possible move we can make.”
“I know that the other side is going to look at it from a political viewpoint and try to exploit it,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), whose district is adjacent to the 26th in upstate New York. “I will tell you as a member of the freshmen class, we’re down here to deal with the problems [of the country], and we’re going to deal with the American people honestly… The issue is bigger than my seat or the reelection effort. It’s the critical issue of our time.”
- GOP defends Medicare plan after N.Y. loss (marketwatch.com)
- NY-26: Republicans See Medicare as Continuing Issue (blogs.wsj.com)
- NY-26: Hochul Wins by Tarring Corwin with GOP Medicare Phase-Out Budget (news.firedoglake.com)
- Medicare overhaul proposal causing GOP stress (sfgate.com)
- “Democrat Kathy Hochul Beats Republican Jane Corwin In New York?s 26th District” and related posts (thehollywoodliberal.com)
- Medicare overhaul proposal causing GOP stress (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Steve Israel, DCCC Chair, Turns Sights To 97 Republicans And Unseating Paul Ryan (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ryan: ‘Mediscare’ Campaign Cost GOP the NY-26 Race (blogs.wsj.com)
- New York Special Election: Medicare Will Be Issue Of 2012 (huffingtonpost.com)