Getting Republicans to sign onto a deal could enhance Obama’s personal brand. It would show him to be a serious “deficit hawk,” able to rise above partisan politics and cut a deal. But he would be helping himself at the expense of everyone else in the party. By giving the Republicans the political “out” they want on Medicare privatization, he could be dealing a devastating blow to everyone else in his own party who hoped to use the Ryan vote against their GOP opponents in 2012.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 28, 2011 11:19 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 23, 2011 10:36 am|
More proof that the Republican plan put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to privatize Medicare is a massive political liability. Another poll, this time from Bloomberg, finds that the American people think it would make seniors worse off.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 15, 2011 6:14 pm|
There is a reason that the Ryan Medicaid ending vote was political malpractice. The fact is that when you are trying to take apart the social safety net in the middle of a major recession. When middle-aged folks are wondering if they will work again, putting a further burden on them is going to be a loser.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 9, 2011 4:14 pm|
It is hard to read the tea leaves sometimes, but when a major Republican crosses his party on Ryancare, then his campaign staff quit, well that is not that tough to read.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 1, 2011 5:52 pm|
The poll indicates that 58 percent of the public opposes the Republican plan on Medicare, with 35 percent saying they support the proposal. The survey’s Wednesday release comes as the president met with House Republicans to discuss, among other things, Medicare reform.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 1, 2011 4:25 pm|
In 2010 Americans could show support at the ballot box for the Affordable Care Act by voting for Democrats. Unfortunately for Democrats, they were so terrible at handling the politics, policy, and framing during the health care reform battle, ACA ended up very unpopular and will remain so for long time.
By the House Republicans putting Paul Ryan’s proposal to privatize Medicare and block grant Medicaid to a vote, and then making support of it a litmus test among candidates seeking the party’s presidential nomination, the Republican party has established an official GOP health care plan.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:14 pm|
In the NY-26 special election, Democrat Kathy Hochul managed to win a plurality victory despite the Republican leanings of the district. From a balance-of-power perspective, change in control of this one seat in itself should not have much impact on policy. Before the election, Republicans had a large but not veto-proof majority in the House, [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 16, 2011 6:36 pm|
Politico is out with its latest Washington battleground poll, and it found a strong trend of support moving back toward Democrats after their big losses in the 2010 election. From the Democratic analysis by Celinda Lake, Daniel Gotoff, and Matt Price: The Democrats lead in the generic Congressional ballot by a single point, 42% to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 25, 2011 2:43 pm|
The Democratic party has made it very clear they intend to make a big issue out of the House Republican budget that would end Medicare and replace it with a privatized voucher program. The DCCC has put together another ad hammering Republicans for this vote. (via Huffington Post) This is a solid improvement over the [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 15, 2011 4:13 pm|
The House passed Republican Paul Ryan’s budget that would end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a privatized system of vouchers. While it is good to know not a single Democrat was actually stupid enough to vote for it, on a purely political level, I’m actually stunned that four Republicans, Walter Jones, [...]