Wow! It just keeps getting better and better, folks.
Democrats were actually salivating in the first moments following Mitt Romney's announcement naming Paul Ryan as his running mate. They were certain that they would be able to hang Ryan's plan to reform Medicare around Romney's neck like an albatross and waltz to victory.
My how the worm turns.
The first blow to White House plans was the overwhelming popularity of Ryan's pick with Republicans. Republicans were instantly rejuvenated and now have an "enthusiasm gap" of over 10% compared to Democrat voters.
Next, was the unexpected tactic of the Romney Campaign to go straight at the President on Medicare by publicizing the fact that "Obamacare" cuts over $700 Billion from Medicare. Democrats were sputtering mad. Why, how dare Republicans start telling the truth!
The Obama camp immediately began sending out their flacks in the White House and in the MSM to deny that Obama was cutting Medicare and attack the Romney camp for lying. They immediately began calling the Ryan/WYDEN plan, the Romney-Ryan plan [Interesting approach, no? Imagine the gall it requires to take a plan that one of your most strident liberals CO-AUTHORED and lay it at the feet of a man who had absolutely nothing to do with it.]. Then they began demagoguing the provisions of the already defunct Ryan plan (it was rejected by the House) with lies, solely intended to frighten senior citizens and convince them that Romney and Ryan were the devil incarnate. [I find that an interesting behavior coming from "compassionate liberals."]
Meanwhile, as the Obama Campaign busied itself with sending out their Democrat Party and MSM flacks to refute Romney's claim, up pops another one of those "inconvenient" recordings that lying politicians so hate. It seems that President Barack Hussein Obama not only agreed with the description of "cuts" to Medicare, but confirmed that he would defend those "cuts" against any attempt to eliminate them.
This is from ABC (shocking I know):
By Jake TapperAs Democrats attack Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for their proposals regarding Medicare, Republicans are circulating this clip from a November 9, 2009 interview we had with President Obama in which he not only acknowledged that one third of his health care bill was paid for by cuts to Medicare, but that he would veto attempts to undo those cuts.Watch the video below. The exchange on Medicare occurs at 2:15:
Oh my! Here you have Robert Reich, Soledad O'Brien ("news anchor" arguing with John Sununu in support of her beloved Obama), and all the rest of them denying there are any cuts and here come the Republicans with that pesky old truth again.
Oh yeah, and what do some of the leading lights in the Democrat Party think of Ryan (when they're not playing election politics, like now)?
- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR): “Paul Ryan shares my belief that we don’t hold election certificates to sit on the sidelines and that the only way to tackle some of the big challenges facing our nation is to work together on big solutions. Paul has also long-shared my view that the best way to hold down health costs is to give all Americans the ability to hire and fire their insurance company.”
- Erskine Bowles (former Clinton chief of staff: Bill Clinton’s
former chief of staff was a co-chair of President Obama’s deficit
commission, on which Ryan served. Bowles sang Ryan’s praises in
September 2011 during an event at the University of North Carolina):
“Have any of you met Paul Ryan?” he asked the audience. “We should get him to come to the university. I’m telling you this guy is amazing. I always thought that I was okay with arithmetic, but this guy can run circles around me. And, he is honest. He is straightforward. He is sincere.”
- Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK): Rep. Boren, a Blue Dog Democrat from
Oklahoma, is the first cousin of Ryan’s wife, Janna. Though Boren, who
is retiring at the end of the year, did not vote for Ryan’s budgets, he
has praised his Republican colleague as a man of impeccable character:
“Paul has a firm moral compass and has always approached his job as a congressman with diligence and honesty. Having many friends on both sides of the aisle, he is an effective and talented leader. Although we belong in different political parties, I see Paul as a friend, a fellow hunter, and most importantly a family man.”
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): “I don’t disagree with Paul Ryan saying we have got to look honestly at Medicare,” Durbin said in July 2011. “If we don’t touch Medicare, in about 10 or 12 years, it goes broke. We can’t let that happen.”
- 5) Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT): “I thank Chairman Ryan for having the courage not just to talk frankly about the danger America’s national debt poses to the American people but also to propose a comprehensive program to cut the national debt. One does not have to agree with all or most of Chairman Ryan’s proposals to be able to applaud his serious commitment to reduce the debt that threatens our nation’s future.”
More bad news for Democrats, Gallup is now reporting that seniors (those 65 and over) are now polling 48 percent in support of Ryan’s plan over President Obama’s whereas 42 percent back "Obamacare."
I keep telling you folks, Romney by 10%.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!