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Hill: Republicans Worry Ryan Could Cost Seats

From The Hill:

Republicans concerned Ryan could cost party House and Senate seats

By Cameron Joseph and Alexandra Jaffe | Monday August 13, 2012

Republicans strategists are worried that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) addition to the presidential ticket will cost their party House and Senate seats this fall.

Their concern: Democrats will successfully demonize Ryan’s budget plan, which contains controversial spending cuts and changes to Medicare.

“There are a lot races that are close to the line we’re not going to win now because they’re going to battle out who’s going to kill grandma first, ObamaCare or Paul Ryan’s budget,” said one Republican strategist who works on congressional races. “It could put the Senate out of reach. In the House it puts a bunch of races in play that would have otherwise been safe. … It remains to be seen how much damage this causes, but my first blush is this is not good.”

Obama-Care is far more unpopular than Ryan’s Medicare plan. How come we never saw any articles from The Hill or the rest of the media about how Obama-Care would hurt the Democrats in 2010. Even though Obama-Care turned out to a major factor in their historic landslide loss in the midterms.

Many Republicans in tough races this year, especially in the House, voted for Ryan’s proposal, which makes it hard for them to distance themselves from it…

And never mind that Obama-Care, which is now the law of the land, is far more unpopular than Ryan’s Plan. And never mind that Democrats are going to have to run again on Obama-Care. And that by Romney picking Ryan, it will be even harder for Democrats to avoid talking about Obama-Care.

And never mind that Romney is not even running on Ryan’s Plan. Romney has his own five point plan to save Medicare. But the media has been studiously avoiding it. Just as they have studiously avoided mentioning the fact that Obama does not have any plan at all.

A number of senior Republican House and Senate strategists, speaking anonymously so they could be candid about their party’s vice presidential pick, acknowledged Ryan was good for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney but expressed concern about his effect on congressional races…

Does this even pass the ‘smell test’? Why would Republican strategists tell The Hill this? What possible good would it do them? Isn’t it more likely that this is just some creative writing on the part of The Hill, to try to create internal tensions where there are none?

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) circulated a memo to lawmakers and candidates on Monday, obtained by The Hill, that they say offers a road map for winning the debate over Ryan’s proposal.

It calls for candidates to follow the model the party used to win an open seat in Nevada last summer in which now-Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) hammered his Democratic opponent on the spending cuts.

The main focus of such a strategy, according to a slideshow and video circulated by NRCC Political Director Mike Shields, is to stay on the offense and tie Democrats to Obama’s healthcare law, an argument Republicans believe they can win.

So all of the previous stuff in the article was all just made up?

But one Republican strategist who’d seen the NRCC’s memo worried that the plan offered little new advice, and having Ryan at the top of the ticket lent additional credibility to Democrats on the issue…

Ryan is at the top of the ticket? Who knew? We thought Mitt Romney was at the top of the ticket. And we thought he had his own five point plan for addressing Medicare.

Unlike the person who is at the top of the other ticket.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Hill: Republicans Worry Ryan Could Cost Seats”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Why do I suspect Chris Matthews was the source of this Valerie Jarret interview?

  2. River0 says:

    From the National Gazette of 1776: “Colonists worry that the Declaration of Independence will cost American merchants millions, and fatally damage relations with King George and his Parliament.”

    From the Philadelphia Enquirer of 1860: “Americans tremble at the prospects of a Lincoln presidency, and the shamefully extremist abolitionist views of the upstart Republican Party.”

    From the Boston Globe of 1940: “War with Germany and Japan will destroy world trade and ruin plans for a peaceful solution to the Jewish problem and growing pains in Europe.”

  3. Chrispbass says:

    RiverO….you are my hero

  4. Tater Salad says:

    Here is how and why Obamacare is initially funded by raiding/gutting and stealing from Medicare & Medicare Advantage to the sum of almost of $8Billion dollars. Most seniors do NOT know they are about to get shafted by The President…..until after the election. Here is the proof of what is going on as we speak.


    1. http://www.jammiewf.com/2012/sad-president-who-cut-700-billion-from-medicare-attacks-paul-ryan-over-medicare/

    2. http://marathonpundit.blogspot.com/2012/08/video-obama-surrogate-cutter-lauds-700.html

    3. CBO reports go from $500 to $700 and the trickery by Obama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiH0gf7mFn4

    4. Right out of the horses mouth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCEgidipc5g

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    RRR: Rinos?! Really?! Really…

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