If Kathy Hochul can win in a district that voted for John McCain in 2008, Democrats should look forward to retaining the coveted office of the Presidency in 2012 -- and maybe even taking back control of the House.
A real solution to the Medicare math problem is going to involve dealing with a lot of thorny issues, whether you call it "Hillary Care," "wither on the vine," "Ryan Care," "ending Medicare as we know it", "Obama Care" or "Death Panels."
Republicans are so desperate to distract Americans about their plan to end Medicare that they plan to pull the same trick play: purposely scare and mislead seniors into believing their Medicare benefits are getting cut under the new health care law.
Now it's official. The 2012 campaign will be about the future of Medicare. This spells trouble for the GOP. Polls show an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans want to preserve Medicare. They don't want to turn it over to private insurers.
Paul Ryan still doesn't get it. He blames Tuesday's upset victory of Democrat Kathy Hochul over Republican Jane Corwin to represent NY-26 on Democratic scare tactics. Scare tactics? Seniors have every right to be scared of Ryan's plan.
Suppose you send me to the grocery store to buy you a gallon of milk. Milk costs $3.50 a gallon but you give me $2. I spend the whole day "denying business to inefficient providers" and at the end of the day, bring you back a pint. That's the Ryan Plan.
The Republicans repeatedly say "F you" to everyone in this country except for the elite wealthy and big corporations. The party has moved so far to the right, its core policies are far out of the American mainstream.