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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in At TMV | 16 comments

Paul Ryan’s Budget Scheme has Republicans Begging for Mercy

WASHINGTON – This is the single most hilarious stunt I’ve read about in quite a while. TPM has the letter that a group of Republicans sent to Pres. Obama crying “uncle!” They’re tired of getting hammered on Ryan’s Medicare ending disaster and want Obama to call off the Democratic attack dogs.

On Tuesday, Kinzinger and 41 of his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama, asking him to rein in Democratic attacks on GOP members who voted for the House budget, which includes a plan to privatize Medicare and cap spending on the program.

“We ask that you stand above partisanship, condemn the disingenuous attacks and work with this Congress to reform spending on entitlement programs,” the letter reads.

Can’t wait to read the letter Republicans send after they read this scathing review on the GOP’s ridiculous no-tax-increase stance, which comes from one of their own, given anonymously, of course.

It’s ironic that Republicans would have been better off if they’d listened to Donald Trump, who was telling the truth again about Paul Ryan’s disastrous budget scheme on Wednesday, citing NY-26.

“A very popular Republican woman is running for the office. She was expected to win easily,” Trump said in the Granite State. “She’s having a hard time defending that whole situation with Medicare.”

He’s once again trying to sound like a member of the sane and he used a moment in New Hampshire, that’s right, New Hampshire to once again join the rest of us down on planet earth. (That was after this interview with Rolling Stone.)

Back when Mr. Trump was flying high as birther front man, mid April, he was the only outspoken Republican who didn’t mince words about the Ryan’s Medicare ending ideas. He said it in an interview with Sean Hannity.

“…I do worry… I have a lot of respect for Paul Ryan. I do worry that he’s a little bit far out in front… And I will tell you, me, I’m protecting, I don’t care what plan the Republicans put–I’m protecting the seniors. ..” – Donald Trump, with Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel

Trump went on to say that Democrats are doing their best to demagogue the issue and “are doing a number on that plan unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

It’s making the difference right now in NY-23, where there’s a three-way race between Democrat Kathy Hochul; a Republican, Jane Corwin; and an independent, Jack Davis, who as of last night suddenly pulled out of the debates.

If there weren’t three people competing, I’d say we might have the makings like what kicked off on NY-23 and the Tea Party rise from there, only this time leaning towards Democrats because of the Paul Ryan disaster. But that’s not what’s happening in NY-26 for Democrats, as Nate Silver writes. Three-way races are a nightmare for everyone and never certain or proof of a pattern.

But if Hochul wins it will prove one thing. Paul Ryan’s budget scheme was indeed a gift to Democrats, but also that Donald Trump was correct as the first Republican to say it out loud when every other Republican and many Democrats were busy talking about Ryan’s “courage.”

To make matters worse for Ryan, in a CNN poll out on Tuesday, Democrats took the lead in a generic ballot for the House, 50 to 46%. They’re still lagging with Independents, but by only 4 points, with constituencies coming home to Democrats again.

Thanks, Paul.

Taylor Marsh is a Washington based political analyst, writer and commentator on national politics, foreign policy, and women in power. A veteran national politics writer, Taylor’s been writing on the web since 1996. She has reported from the White House, been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and has been seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her blog.

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