Aug 17, 2012
The Truth about Special Elections on Medicare
In competitive special elections this cycle where the debate has focused on Medicare, and the Ryan plan to end it, Democrats won Republican-leaning seats in NY-26 (Kathy Hochul) and AZ-08 (Ron Barber). On the other hand, in the NV-02 special election, the Republican candidate wasn't committed to the Ryan budget and the race wasn't competitive.
- SHOT: Jon Ralston wrote, "While natl media is getting all gaga over @MarkAmodeiNV2's strategy, he waffled on @PaulRyanVP's budget in that race" [Jon Ralston on Twitter, 8/16/12]
- SHOT: Jon Ralston wrote, "Amodei's ad in special election he almost could not lose did not make the difference natl media think. He was a lock." [Jon Ralston on Twitter, 8/16/12]
- CHASER: Former McCain manager Steve Schmidt, told MSNBC that House Republican strategists are "worried" about the Ryan pick. Schmidt specifically cited the losses of Republican-leaning seats in special elections over the Medicare issue. [MSNBC, 8/14/12]
Even Republicans know that having Paul Ryan’s Medicare-ending budget as the ticket-mate is a disaster for them.