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  •  The 700B lie is part of the official (3+ / 0-)
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    GOP plan to break a tie with the Medicare issue.  This is how they won over seniors in some of the Nevada congressional races they ran in 2011.

    I read a piece on Politico the other day about this.  NRCC political director Mike Shields' outlines how the repubs can address Ryan's Medicare anvil.

    “We can’t just walk away from this,” Shields explains. “We can’t just play defense or even ignore the issue.  We’ve got to do something about it. We also know that Republicans have a strong message that’s capable of fighting Medicare to a tie.”
    Here are the NRCC’s “lessons learned:”

    < Inoculate by pledging to save and protect Medicare; use credible third party validators (mom or seniors)

    <  Collect hard evidence that your Democrat opposes repealing 'Obamacare'

    > Create a clear choice with your Democrat for backing 'Obamacare' and $500 billion in Medicare cuts

    > Republicans can actually WIN the Medicare fight

    >Once Medicare is litigated, the race focuses on economic issues

    So, while the Repubs don't necessarily believe they can win over the Medicare fight,  they do believe they can force it into a DRAW.

    My question is, given the variables of the other races they are emulating this strategy from, particularly a congressional race like the one in Nevada, can they accurately draw up a game plan to mimic the same results?  

    “Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.” ― Jon Stewart

    by zoebear on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 01:38:37 PM PDT

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    •  That was a very cynical strategy that might have (1+ / 0-)
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      made sense before the supreme court ruled in favor of the ACA.

      Now it's just an arbitrary and cynical line drawn at age 55.  

      Most of those people over age 55, have kids who are old enough to talk sense to their parents about Medicare.

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