|Suddenly jobs is off the table and|
Medicare is the talk of the day.
Florida on the edge
- - - - The Ryan pick may have cost the GOP the White House.
The bottom line, Comrade Obama carried the mega-state of Florida in 2008. If the GOP cannot carry Florida then the election is over.
The current average of Florida polls shows:
Obama - 47%
Romney - 46%
It is too early to tell if the Ryan pick for Vice President has doomed the GOP ticket by taking the focus off jobs and the economy and getting everyone mired in mindless healthcare details that make your eyes glaze over.
But for sure, the weekend buzz on TV was all about healthcare, and not about the economy.
The mammoth and unpopular Obamacare program weighed down Democrats in 2010 when Republicans helped turn seniors to their side. And now Democrats have unexpectedly had to play defense over Obamacare’s Medicare cuts even as Mitt Romney picked Congressman Paul Ryan as a vice-presidential running mate and drew attention to unpopular Republican plans that cap future Medicare spending.
"Facts" - Obama Medicare attack on GOP
Obama is hitting hard on Medicare
Central to the Republican attack: Obamacare cut $716 billion in anticipated Medicare spending over a decade. Republicans are driving the message home in TV ads and robocalls bashing Democrats.
“This could cost us the election,” Kelly Ward, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s political director wrote in a fundraising email last week. “We have to get the facts out to voters immediately.” It is a little early for Democrats to panic, but the charges and counter-charges make you dizzy.
The first Democratic talking point: Ryan’s Medicare plan signed off on the very Obamacare cuts that Republicans are now bashing.
Republicans charge Democrats with “stealing” from Medicare to expand government, namely Medicaid, the expensive health insurance program for the poor that would be capped under Romney and Ryan, whose plan trims about $810 billion from the program over a decade
Democrats charge Republicans with “shredding the social safety net” to pay for tax cuts for millionaires. Medicaid, they note, has paid for up to two-thirds of daily nursing home expenses in Florida, where 3.3 million people receive $21.4 billion of the program’s benefits.
Suddenly talk about the poor economy and jobs is off the table. For reasons beyond my understanding Romney appears to have decided to make the 2012 election a referendum on Medicare.
The Romney pick of the Ryan-Medicare line of attack was a deliberate one. It was also deliberate on Romney's part to ignore the Marco Rubio-Hispanic line of attack. Romney sent a clear signal to Hispanic voters that he has no interest in their issues or the state of Florida. So much for building a GOP Hispanic base.