If the Democrats had half the skill of the Republicans of framing the issues they would be able to demolish the Republicans in upcoming elections due to the GOP Medicare plan. It remains to be seen as to how successful the Democrats will be with this issue, but it paid off in a traditionally Republican district. The Caucus reports:
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 the party should rethink its commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability as 2012 elections loom.
Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser. But Ms. Hochul seized on her Republican rival’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.
It is far too early to say for certain, but 2012 could wind up being yet another wave election, reversing the Republican dead cat bounce of 2010.