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Forget Mediscare: “One of the few remaining themes for Democrats to run on in 2012 is that the GOP wants to throw seniors to the wolves by ending Medicare. That strategy got a workout in Tuesday’s special House elections in Nevada and New York, and maybe Mediscare should now be scratched off the campaign list too, along with stimulus, national health care and the other priorities of the Obama Presidency.”

Remember when they said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was a liability for the GOP? “Three months ago, Democrats successfully seized on the House Budget Committee chairman’s controversial plan to rewrite Medicare in an upstate New York special election. But that message didn’t work this time for Weprin, who hammered Turner over the plan and who raced into senior centers during the final days of the race to brand the Republican as scary. Icing on the cake for Ryan: The approach didn’t work for Democrats in Nevada either, where Republican Mark Amodei won by a landslide in Tuesday’s other special election.”

Forget “a sort of God.” He’s sort of a disaster. “Democrats lose a special election in a congressional district they have controlled since the 1920s and which was framed as a referendum on the president. There’s a possible scandal brewing over the White House’s effort to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion dollar loan to a solar-panel manufacturer, Solyndra. The most recent Census Report shows median household earnings fell for the third consecutive year, back to 1996 levels. A record number of Americans are in poverty. In Afghanistan, the Taliban mounted a fierce assault on the U.S. embassy and NATO military headquarters in Kabul. A new CNN/ORC poll shows Obama’s disapproval rating has reached a new high while the number of Americans who think he is a strong leader has dropped to a new low. And that’s just today [Wednesday].”

Remember, there was also a big GOP win in Nevada. “Washoe County, the Northern Nevada county that contains Reno, is the No. 1 bellwether in a top Western swing state. It was crucial to Harry Reid’s 2010 reelection, to Barack Obama’s 2008 election and to the countless governors, senators and presidents who have competed in the Silver State before them. And on Tuesday, Republican Mark Amodei won it by 10 points.” Messaging, just a messaging problem. Nothing to see.

Forget about the Republicans for a moment. Democrats don’t like President Obama’s jobs bill. From that notorious right-wing rag the new York Times: “Many Congressional Democrats, smarting from the fallout over the 2009 stimulus bill, say there is little chance they will be able to support the bill as a single entity, citing an array of elements they cannot abide.” That list includes Sens. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), Jim Webb (D-Va.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin (D- W.Va.). In other words, Democrats in competitive swing states are running from Obama.

Remember, conservatives should be opposed to monkeying around with the Electoral College. Jeff Anderson has a must-read piece on why shifting Pennsylvania away from a winner-take-all system is bad news.

Forget the presidential candidates. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the leading conservative voice on foreign policy these days. Treat yourself and watch the whole thing.

Remember, Solyndra isn’t the only e-mail-documented instance of willful blindness by the Obama administration. “Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators. Part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the program is in limbo as a congressional debt panel searches for budget savings and behind the scenes, administration officials scramble to find a viable financing formula.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.


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