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This was the headline.

This was Krugman's headline on December 17, 2011:

Ron Wyden, Useful Idiot
And, once again,   Krugman was absolutely spot-on.  Wyden gives the "bipartisan" cover to the Ryan "End Medicare" plan.

Paul Gigot, Peggy Noonan, Tim Pawlenty.....all are citing Wyden's asinine support of  the Ryan Plan on today's Talking Heads Circuit. "Bipartisan, blah, blah blah..."

Bipartisan fairy dust................Ezra Klein always cites the evidence:

When I asked Sen. Ron Wyden to give me examples of programs that made him confident that competition could work, he mentioned the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Rep. Paul Ryan has also pointed towards the FEHBP as a model for his plans. The only problem? Neither system controls costs — a fact that poses difficulties for both conservative efforts to reform Medicare
Oregon Democrats know Wyden is wrong here and have told him to repudiate Ryan.

Wyden is home this month touring Oregon.  Make sure he knows that being the Useful Idiot of the 2012 campaign  is not what Oregonians want from their Senator.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."

    by oregonj on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:10:29 AM PDT

  •  Useful? (6+ / 0-)

    That might be stretching it. He's good on a lot of issues, but this is really fundamental.

    What the hell was he thinking?

    Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

    by peacearena on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:16:14 AM PDT

  •  Not an idiot, have met Wyden and can say that (2+ / 0-)
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    oregonj, psnyder

    for sure.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:21:05 AM PDT

  •  Nice diary, and great sig line! n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  There is always a turncoat. (3+ / 0-)
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    oregonj, Mr Robert, Idaho83702

    It is a role that any Dem can have, and it carries with it both political risks and rewards. As soon as it was clear that Lieberman was retiring, it was only a matter of time until some underachieving Democrat bit the bullet and grabbed the ring. This whole thing started with Benedict Arnold and will continue long after Ron Wyden is gone.

    •  Wyden is very smart (2+ / 0-)
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      Idaho83702, chimene

      ..as cartoon peril said in a comment above.  But Wyden has been played as a tool by the Republicans on several resource issues.  He thinks he is appealing to the more rural voters in Oregon, but he could accomplish so much more for them if he decided to play the politics a little more hardball.

      "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."

      by oregonj on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:56:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wyden wasn't alone. This is easy to shoot down. (2+ / 0-)
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    oregonj, chimene

    The GOP have tried to play this bipartisan game with people from Brookings too. They simply said that Ryan would abandon seniors.

    So...what is Wyden waiting for? Is this the Senator upset about trade deals with Asia?

  •  Going way back to privatizing Ma Bell, Wyden (2+ / 0-)
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    Idaho83702, chimene

    has been a corporate kinda guy. This is not an anomoly but a pattern.

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    by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 12:38:37 PM PDT

  •  From an in-outsider (0+ / 0-)

    As a native Oregonian, I am stuck between liking the Senator and having a slight distaste towards him. Although at the end of the day I will continue to support him due to the two decades that he has dedicated to public service in the state, his actions on Medicare frighten me quite a bit.

    As I am involved in state politics, I have worked with some of his local and legislative staffers - who are quite proficient at what they do - and must say that the office is committed to a strong platform (one that most of its progressive constituency agrees with).

    I do not understand why he took the position that he did on Medicare reform, and his statements this week have made it even more confusing as he never argued the "Ryan-Wyden Plan" title when it first came about (most of us Oregonians were infuriated).

    I think that a large part of this is trying to gain some camaraderie with other bills that were (and many still are) pending attention on the floor. One of them is a bill that Wyden has adopted as his primary project (i.e. cyber security). I do not state this with any internal comprehension of their discussions, but I have a feeling like jumping on board with his name on the (Medicare) bill (something that would never pass - and one that he did not vote for either) was a condition to gaining support for taking the next cyber-security bill to the floor.

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