Like Shea-Porter in the first district, Kuster is leading in recent polls. But Bass, who represented New Hampshire's second district from 1995 to 2007 and returned to office in 2011, is going to have help. The NRCC has reserved $1.14 million in ad time to defend him this fall, and he has the backing of a Grover Norquist-allied, pharmaceutical industry-funded front group called RetireSafe. They'll have trouble putting lipstick on the pig that is Bass's support for Paul Ryan's budget turning Medicare into vouchercare, but I'm sure they'll give it a shot. That's why it's so important for Kuster to run a strong campaign now and right through to election day.
In New Hampshire's first district, Republican Rep. Frank Guinta received that same RetireSafe backing. Like Bass, Guinta voted for the Ryan budget, but Guinta first supported the even more extreme Republican Study Committee proposal. When it comes to Social Security, this year, Guinta is all about preserving it. This year, he says that in 25 years he hopes to be able to tell his children, "Because Americans acted responsibly back in 2012, you will be able to count on Social Security and Medicare being there for you when you reach retirement age." But in 2010, arguing that "future generations should seek different private-sector solutions" he said that "my kids are six and five. They shouldn't know what Social Security is."
That's the choice: Social Security or retirement accounts that can crash with the stock market. Medicare or vouchercare. Carol Shea-Porter or Frank Guinta. Annie Kuster or Charlie Bass.