Kinda, Sorta Real Time Thoughts on Meet the Press (May 22, 2011)

Kinda Sorta Real Time Thoughts indeed.  Parenthetical, condensed and packaged, is more like it.  Today, preparing for the holidays. I’ll keep things short and sweet, like so many of the women I know.

Paul Ryan’s here.  He’ll defend his Medicare Proposal and argue that it does not in fact end Medicare as we know it.  He will defend himself from the charge that he and the GOP are not engaging in right-wing social engineering.

David Gregory will start off by gloating about how he brought down former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Paul Ryan just let himself be a candidate for V.P. in 2012. He charged that he will not run for President.  That leaves lots of other options open.

Congressman Ryan is couching his plan as a stable for current seniors and one that gives future seniors the opportunity to shut down inefficient providers of senior medical care. He’s quite uncomfortable with the position that it does so with a private voucher system that does not compensate the full costs of care.

It doesn’t seem to matter that on the politics of the thing, and on the implementation of the thing Newt Gingrich was right: what Paul Ryan is proposing is right wing social engineering. As David Gregory pointed out Newt is smart enough to know that what he said is precisely the position that a vast majority of Americans in fact hold.

Congressman Ryan’s point appears that he is leading and that leaders don’t  look at polling to examine the issues they’d like to lead on.  (This seems contrary to politics as we know it.  It seems rather that the GOP thought that fiscal discipline ran through all of American politics and that they took a gamble which now seems ready to blow up in their faces.  Now it seems Medicare Reform has floated on top of that agenda.  Sure the Democrats can kick the can down the road, and at their own peril, but the Republicans now own this deeply unpopular proposal.)

The Roundtable is Congressman Chris VanHollen, Andrea Mitchell, Mike Murphy, Eugene Robinson and Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels bowed out of the 2012 contest for the GOP nomination for the White House. It’s now left to Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.  (It’s Mitt Romney’s to lose and Pawlenty’s to win.)

Back to Medicare. Chris VanHollen points out (rightly I think) that for Republicans to show up woith $700 billion in cuts is easy. What’s braver for teh GOP is to come out with real revenue increases to shore up teh deficit.  (The GOP doesn’t like entitlement reform because it tends to hit the Democratic base, so its easy for them to cut like crazy; there’s no real courage there.)

Eugene Robinson pointed out that contrary to the GOP running away from tax increases, Democrats have already taken on a lot of spending cuts to their base.  And a lot of that has been unpopular within the Democratic Party.

Everybody seems to agree that 2012 will be a jobs election.  Nothing matters but how heavy or light voters think their wallets are come a year from now. Aaron Ross Sorkin is saying that given that jobs is the story, the GOP has been focusing on budget cuts as the story.  How will the GOP square that circle?



~ by Faheem Haider on May 28, 2011.

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