Buyers Remorse Reaches Fever Pitch With NY-26 Result
Tonight, the country's buyer's remorse over the radical GOP majority hit fever pitch, with the victory of Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul in the special election for New York's 26th Congressional District seat.
This district is the most reliabliy GOP-leaning seat in the state of New York, with both John McCain having won here in 2008, and George W. Bush winning by more than 10 points in 2004. The race became a proxy war on the Paul Ryan-drafted GOP plan to transform Medicare into a voucher program, and with this result, it's pretty clear on whose side the public came down.
The irony and hypocrisy here is rich. The GOP won the 2010 elections in large part by painting President Obama's health care reform bill as an attack on Medicare. I still remember the ad put together by Mike DeWine in the Attorney General's race that had a picture of Rich Cordray and next to it the phrase "Slash Medicare" because Cordray refused to join the GOP's friviolous lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.
So what does the GOP do? They get into the majority and propose ENDING MEDICARE. Even though vowing to protect Medicare was how they won the majority in the first place. Tonight they GOP got the beginnings of their come-uppence. I suspect they will be getting more in the very near future.