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  •  Ryan's Medicare Privatization Plan is awful. (3+ / 0-)
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    However, I think it's best to leave Ryan's personal story out of it.  Far better to explain how the Republican plan will hurt all of us under 55. Make it personal for the voter. That's how we'll get votes.

    •  A politician's hypocrisy is absolutely fair game (10+ / 0-)

      We're not talking about his own family, but himself. That's fair game.

      "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" --Alexander Hamilton

      by kovie on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 11:58:08 PM PDT

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      •  Nobody is saying its not fair game (0+ / 0-)

        The point is how effective it will be.

        Its better to make it about the voter and how the legislation effects them.

        If you attack Ryan for being a hypocrite receiving SS survivor's benefits, his response is simple: "Yes, I did receive Social Security benefits.  And I am a big proponent of everyone receiving social security benefits and I'm a believer in the social security program as a whole.  That is exactly why I'm trying to make some changes to both Social Security, and particularly to Medicare -- because I want to ensure that these programs are available to the next generation of Americans. Currently they will not be, and if we don't make some reforms, future generations will not have these programs available to them."

        I'm not saying he's right, I'm saying... this line of attack gives him the opportunity to dive right into his talking points and the message gets lost.  And you know this is the American media -- there will NOT be follow up questions, therefore he wins.

        The better attack is... "Mr. Ryan, how will privatizing medicare through a coupon program effect seniors who have always been very difficult for private insurers to afford to insure? And by removing the patient protections in Obama healthcare reform, doesn't your program subject at-risk seniors to the abuses of the private health insurance market?"

        The attacks need to hit Ryan on the things he doesn't have easy talking points for.

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