Since Barack Obama won only a modest victory for president in 2008 – and even then only with 100% media complicity and an utterly lackluster campaign by John McCain – the electoral record of the Democrat party has been abysmal.
In November 2009, Republicans won key governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey. In January 2010, Republican Scott Brown won ‘Ted Kennedy’s Democrat’ US Senate seat in Massachusetts by running strongly against ObamaCare. In November 2010, more than 680 Republicans won Democrat-held seats in state and federal elections, including governorships in four crucial electoral states – Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.
On May 24, 2011, however, a Democrat won a special US House election that is being touted by the liberals as a positive bellwether for Obama’s re-election. Except it hardly can be said to favor Obama. In fact it could be said to be quite the opposite.
Kathy Hochul won the seat in a very Republican area in New York state’s 26th congressional district near Buffalo. Democrats were ecstatic. After all, they have had little to celebrate since Obama was elected.
Hochul won her seat with with about 48% of the vote while Republican Jane Corwin got 42%. But self-proclaimed Tea Party candidate Jack Davis got 9% and leftist Green Party candidate Ian Murphy got 1 %.
Only problem is that Davis was a shill. He is a 78-year-old wealthy industrialist and a former Democrat who ran as Tea Party. He ran in order to drain votes from Corwin. This is going to be a Democrat strategy going forth.
So the actual election result was that Hochul/Greens got 49% and Republicans/Tea Party got 51%. And this still came only after Democrats used total demagogue tactics to say that Republicans were going to destroy Medicare. Yet it is the Democrats’ continued advocacy for the current Medicare system that already has destroyed it. Medicare is functionally broke today. And its fiscal profile has been going straight downhill since the day Medicare was established in 1965, i.e., for 46 years now, people have been paying in more and more and getting out less and less.
So Republicans need to fight the Democrats’ demagoguery on Medicare in anticipation of the 2012 election. Because Democrats are going to lie about Medicare and about Republican congressman Paul Ryan’s reform plan, and they are going to run fake Tea Party candidates in every district they can. Because this is the only way that Democrats can regain power – lie, cheat and steal.
Hochul said we need to “balance the budget the right way, not on the backs or our seniors.” This is an emotional pitch that is full of holes. Because Medicare is unsustainable as currently configured. And the elderly had better realize it sooner rather than later.
The Democrat approach simply keeps the floodgates open for more and more Medicare spending as the elderly population is growing, more people are drawing on Medicare, yet fewer and fewer people are paying in. Thinking seriously, any rational person knows that the system must be reformed.
But this is how Democrats and liberals always play the game: Run the economy into the ground until it is too late. This has happened all over Europe as well. But even the Euros are seeing the light. The socialists just were drubbed in Spain after promising, promising, promising for decades. Until the money ran out.
National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete Sessions said the NY 26 race does not have national implications. “If ‘special’ elections were an early warning system, they sure failed to alert the Democrats of the political tsunami that flooded their ranks in 2010,” he said in reference to Democrat wins in just a handful of ‘special’ elections after Obama was elected.
‘Special’ elections are held in districts where an elected candidate quits or resigns for personal or political reasons, or dies in office. The NY 26 election was held after the incumbent Republican Christopher Lee quit after he was found to have posted a shirtless picture of himself on the internet.
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said, “With this election in the rear-view mirror, it is my hope that Republicans will accept the message being sent by voters in this race, in the polls and at town hall meetings across the country and work with Democrats to get our fiscal house in order while protecting Medicare and other initiatives vital to our economic recovery.”
What Schultz is really saying is that Republicans should “agree with Democrats”’ on Medicare, which is what she means when she says “work with Democrats”. In other words, no reform at all.
Medicare and Social Security used to be called the “third rail of American politics” because nobody wanted to touch them. Yet if 51% of voters in NY 26 apparently agreed that Medicare must be reformed, then it truly is a new day dawning, and Democrats should be running scared.
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