Dem wins one in NY, as “strikingly large numbers” turn out to save Medicare from Tea-bag loonies

This Democratic victory—like Obama’s in 2008—was due to voters coming out “in strikingly large numbers,” as the Times reports below, to vote for Medicare. (Such high turnout tends to make it hard to steal elections.)

It seems the Tea-bag right has finally gone too far, by threatening an entitlement that too many Americans
will not give up. Thus Kathy Hochul won for the same reason that Paul Ryan’s now afraid to leave his house
(and he’s not the only one).


Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan
Published: May 24, 2011

Democrats scored an upset in one of New York’s most conservative Congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.

The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether they should rethink their party’s commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability heading into the 2012 elections.

Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser in the race against the Republican, Jane Corwin. But Ms. Hochul seized on the Republican’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.

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