Via Greg Sargent we learn of a plan devised by Democratic strategist Paul Begala to ratfuck the Republican Presidential primary with this ad, being aired in the early state of South Carolina:
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Sargent explains that the goal is to:
do everything possible to ensure that Medicare is central to framing the Presidential race at the outset — by getting all the GOP candidates to talk about it.
Following in the footsteps of Leader Pelosi, Begala believes that Democrats win when Republicans are fighting over how best to support a Medicare-to-voucher program.
This strategy of playing in the Republican primary is clever, but not novel. The greatest modern example comes from 2002, when a politically ailing Gray Davis waded in to the other side's gubernatorial primary ,
unveil[ing] a scathing television ad . . . attacking Republican Richard Riordan as a flip-flopping candidate on the emotional issue of abortion.
I applaud Begala for employing this historically effective strategy. As another old Democratic hand likes to say, "when your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil."
I will donate five bucks to Mitt if he will just answer the question: Would you have voted for the Ryan budget plan - the plan the Wall Street Journal said would "essentially end Medicare"? Jon Huntsman answered the question this morning when George Stephanopoulos asked him on "Good Morning America," why won't Mitt?