McConnell wants Democrats to bail out the GOP for their bad decision on the Ryan budget. If Democrats agree to a deal with big Medicare cuts, the political potency of running against the Ryan budget largely dissipates.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 27, 2011 2:15 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:45 pm|
With almost no predictive power and no effect on the balance of control in Congress, this victory will only affect our government if most people assign a shared meaning to it.
|By: Blue Texan Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:30 am|
No matter how real and humiliating the defeat, it’s always a victory for conservatism.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday May 25, 2011 6:59 am|
One corner of real America just made it very clear they don’t want anyone messing with Medicare. And yet Obama’s off negotiating just that.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 25, 2011 6:10 am|
Democrat Kathy Hochul’s victory in NY-26 last night shows the impact of a tremendous House GOP overreach, one that could easily cost them control of the chamber next year.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:25 pm|
The special election in NY-26, which has been dominated by headlines about the Paul Ryan budget to end Medicare, will end at 9pm ET tonight. Jane Corwin isn’t waiting to take precautions: she’s already got herself a court order barring certification of a winner.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 23, 2011 6:55 am|
A second poll confirms that Kathy Hochul is likely to win the special election tomorrow in NY-26, an upset pickup in a red district in upstate New York. Like the Siena poll, Public Policy Polling finds that Hochul has increased her lead over Jane Corwin even as third-party candidate Jack Davis drops off.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 11, 2011 9:31 am|
With all three candidates financially viable, how will the race shake out? The presence of Davis makes it harder to claim that this is a referendum on Medicare privatization. However, I do think you can say what Josh Kraushaar says, that this has refocused attention on the actual desires of Republicans, which are broadly unpopular.
|By: David Dayen Saturday April 30, 2011 7:00 pm|
This race is a test case, if a somewhat imperfect one because of the third party effort, on the potency of the argument against dismantling social safety net programs. Clearly, voters are on Hochul’s side on that issue, and she has been working to frame the race entirely around that. We shall see if that will carry the day. The election is May 24.