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That's the second in a round of ads the DCCC is running against vulnerable Republicans who voted for the Ryan budget. The first largely focused on the Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher plan. This one hits them for the big giveaway to the wealthy and big corporations in the plan, at the expense of everyone else.
The ads open with Ryan describing his budget as the GOP’s “vision” and an “expression of our governing philosophy,” before cutting to clips of pundits describing the policy as “Robin Hood in reverse” that would adversely affect “the poorest people in the country” while giving “huge tax cuts” to corporations and the highest earners.

“Help the rich get richer. Soak the middle class and seniors,” text from the ad concludes. [...]

The ads are targeting GOP Reps. Tim Griffin (Ark.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), David Valadao (Calif.), Gary Miller (Calif.) Mike Coffman (Colo.), Larry Bucshon (Ind.), John Kline (Minn.), Erik Paulsen (Minn.), Lee Terry (Neb.), Jon Runyan (N.J.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), David Joyce (Ohio), Jim Renacci (Ohio), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Scott Rigell (Va.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.).

The NRCC's Andrea Bozek responded to the ad predictably:
“If Democrats believe they are going to win Republican House districts on a platform of touting support for ObamaCare and a budget plan that never ever balances, then please – hit the campaign trail,” she said. “In 2012, Republicans won our second-largest House majority since World War II precisely because Democrats are in denial about our nation’s spending problem and ObamaCare’s job destroying taxes.”
They think the words "balanced budget," otherwise known as Paul Ryan's magic asterisks, and Obamacare repeal trumps everything. And never mind the fact that Democrats actually received well over one million more votes in House races in 2012 running against the Ryan Medicare proposal locally and against the Romney/Ryan economic plan nationally. They've got their vision and they're sticking to it.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 10:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 10:01:24 AM PDT

  •  Is NRCC's Andrea Bozek braindead? (10+ / 0-)

    Republicans won the second-largest House majority?  They didn't win anything!  They lost a considerable amount of seats!

    I think Bozek needs a new job.

  •  Great GOP Spin On 2012 Elections (8+ / 0-)

    Their majority was weakened. Add up all the votes in the 435 races and the Democrats got more. But they won their "second-largest House majority since WW II" donchaknow. Best spin since Gingrich bragged of "consolidating" their majority after the 1998 midterms which eventually led to him losing his speakership.

  •  Paul Ryan Is A Great Foil (7+ / 0-)

    Focusing on his unpopular budget is probably the best way of strengthening Democrat chances in these races. Would love to see a focus on building up resentment against the sequester in these districts and the GOP hand in it. Important that the recovery be in full force in 2014 and the sequester will prevent that from happening. Pressuring the GOP in these vulnerable seats on the sequester could result in them jumping ship on sequester votes.

  •  Actually, Joan, (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Zadie
    "They've got their vision and they're sticking to it."

    they've got their tunnel vision, and they're sticking to it.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:14:03 AM PDT

  •  If only the DCCC would fund (7+ / 0-)

    opponents to Ryan, Cantor, and Boehner.

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:15:34 AM PDT

  •  I have often wondered who (1+ / 0-)
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    watches web ads.   No doubt DCCC and NRCCC justify the payments to consultants and wages by such doings, but how often do they persuade anyone?  

    And Dkos picks them up (because content is always needed).

    I wonder the same thing with the "Rush-said" or "Republican-outrage-of-the-day" stories.  

    But for Daily Kos and other left leaning blogs, I would never knwo about such statemnts.  I sure don't listen to Rush or read red state.

    No doubt the right wing blogs do the same.  And then bloggers get in arguments with each other over it.

    There is a constant need for content.  

    And the "outrages" drive donations.  I suspect there is more ouytright fraud on the right, but the political campaign complex eats up money on all sides.

    I think of Carville and Matlin.  Just political pros making a good living.  

    And the inequality among people grows each year.  

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:17:04 AM PDT

  •  DCCC is doing its part. (1+ / 0-)
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    Are we doing ours?
    How many of us have written a LTE or something else against the nearest Republican who voted for this mess?

    •  What's an LTE? (0+ / 0-)

      April fool. I'm old enough to know what an LTE is. I even recall having written some several decades ago.

      Now, for those who are too young (?) and impatient for the slow and uncertain LTE medium, most newspapers, even small, local ones, have provisions for posting comments at the end of articles. Our progressive POV should be represented there.

      I decided to see if that was happening in my local online news during the 2012 elections, and found ample opportunities to chime in. In the process, I also developed an interest in local policies and politics which I think is important for someone like myself -- inclined to be more attentive to US foreign and domestic policies. (HT to the Wisconsin Kossacks for their inspiration.)

      Finally, there are the special interest sites where our POV should be represented. I'm thinking of sites like AARP and some of the health sites, but I'm sure there are more. From what I've seen, the RWNJs have found those sites. We progressives need to take individual responsibility to counter the BS, tiresome as that is.

      So, I agree with you, Frank, just trying to get people to think specifically about what you called "or something else."

      •  Balanced view (0+ / 0-)

        Letters to the editor are often read, but you have problems getting yours published.

        Posting on a neutral blog is easy, but they have so many posts on some of them that i doubt that many people read much of what is posted.

        (I spend a good deal of my writing time on the blogs at WaPo.)

  •  it is curious that in this context (3+ / 0-)
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    the White House keeps talking about chained CPI and "entitlement reform" which we all know is doublespeak for "cutting benefits for poor people while not means testing for rich people and not increasing taxes for anyone but poor people"

  •  i'd ask for bloombergs ppl's advice on ads (1+ / 0-)
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    this one could be a ton better.

    just keep using the guy and his gun on the back of his pickup.

    'with rights come responsibilities.  that's why everyone has to pitch in and help the middle class get back on it's feet.  Valardo is gambling all in with Paul Ryan and wants to to soak the middle class and thinks tax cuts will lead to jobs.  Republicans tried that for a decade and crashed the economy.'

    what lincoln said

    by rasfrome on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:26:08 AM PDT

  •  GOP is doubling down and wanting to repeat 2010. (0+ / 0-)

    From the look of it, they've already managed to crash the economy.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:30:24 AM PDT

  •  "Sheriff of Nottingham budget"? A better term? (0+ / 0-)

    At least in the TV series I watched in the 1950's, the Sheriff of Nottingham was Robin Hood's archenemy.  

    If you use the term "Sheriff of Nottingham budget," and the listener comes up with, "Oh, you mean Robin Hood in reverse," the listener can feel like he helped invent the term.  He'll remember it better, and use it more.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:34:46 AM PDT

  •  I'm a yellow dog Dem, but even I admit (0+ / 0-)

    there have been times when my vote has gone to a particular Democratic candidate only because s/he was better than the really terrible alternative. I'm always happy when Republican policies get shoved into the spotlight.

  •  Why, if it isn't...DENNIS MOORE! (0+ / 0-)

    Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
    Riding through the land
    Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
    Without a merry band
    He steals from the poor
    And gives to the rich
    Stupid Bitch.

    "When and if fascism comes to will not even be called 'fascism'; it will be called, of course, 'Americanism'" --Professor Halford E. Luccock of Yale Divinity School; New York Times article from September 12, 1938, page 15

    by demongo on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:39:36 AM PDT

  •  Joan-Here are the problems in two sentences (1+ / 0-)
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    1)The rethugs can't win with their crazies and they can't win without them
     2) With our current "system" and weak ass Dems they dont need to win.

    Please someone tell me I'm wrong.  I'm sick and depressed about "winning" and not winning. Yes I know a little progress is being made but global warming and gun control? When you can't make progress on planet and life threatening issues like this when ALL the facts and generally the voters are on your side WTF???

    I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

    by Doc Allen on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:40:52 AM PDT

  •  Glad Griffin in Ark. is on target list (0+ / 0-)

    He was part of the planned Rove politicization of the DOJ that brought down Alberto Gonzales, if I recall.

  •  Won their second largest majority? (0+ / 0-)

    That's an amazing tap dance around the fact that they've tilted the playing field so much in their favor that they've spent the last three months trying to stave off another collapse like that next time around. If that were to happen, they will indeed become the Whig party.

  •  Attacking the Ryan budget isn't enough (1+ / 0-)
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    If Obama introduces a budget full of benefit cuts and means testing, as has been widely reported, and the Dems pass something of the sort, they won't be on solid ground to paint themselves as the saviors of the "middle-class."  They need to win because of constructive policies not because of being the anti-Republicans.  Many of the house freshmen, who voted against the Senate budget when introduced in the house, don't get that you won't win by anti-Republican rhetoric combined with brainless platitudes about bipartisanship.

    On another note, I hope Mike Fitzpatrick loses next cycle.  I used to be from his district.  Hopefully, Bucks County will transition to the left as Montgomery County has.

  •  That is a beautiful ad (0+ / 0-)

    It should be run in Paul Ryan's district, among others, for it's educational  value.

  •  Why should anyone listen to the CONS budget (0+ / 0-)

    ideas when they are so wrong about so much.
    Economics 101 lesson time for CONS:
    How do we measure an economy?
    By calculating GDP = (G)overnment spending + (C)onsumer spending +
    (I)nvestment spending + Net Exports
    So how is cutting (G)ovt spending supposed to increase GDP = economic growth
    And for us progs to remember: cutting taxes (its really only worth it on income below $250,000) increases  (C)onsumer spending.
    There are 3 sectors of the economy Domestic Private (households and businesses) + Govt + Foreign sector.
    As simple double entry accounting shows us one person's spending or debt is another persons income or asset and the same is true of each of these sectors. A dollar the govt spends into the economy becomes someone's income in the non govt sectors.
    Likewise, not all 3 sectors can be in either deficit or surplus at the same time.....WHERE WOULD THE MONEY COME FROM????
    So if you're going to run a trade deficit (which we have to do as the world's reserve currency) and the households and business want to net save dollars (like they always WANT to do) guessed it......the only place those dollars can come from is the big bad GOVT.
    Thankfully the US dollar comes from the US govt and we can never run out.

    MMT = Reality

    "The Earth is my country and Science my religion" Christiaan Huygens

    by Auburn Parks on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 03:00:45 PM PDT

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