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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Politics | 10 comments

The GOP Again Learns That When It Plants Ice It’s Going To Harvest Wind

New York state’s 26th District is a Republican-safe enclave near Rochester and Buffalo where the GOP holds a 30,000 voter registration edge, bucked a statewide trend and voted for John McCain over Barack Obama, and has held the House seat since forever. But now the wheels are coming off the party station wagon.

In February, married Republican Congressman Christopher Lee, a scold who had warned against the perils of the Internet, was outted when a website published a sexy photo of him topless that he sent to a prospective chippie on CraigsList. He lied about his marital status and his job, and soon had no job.

Enter popular Republican State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, who was a sure bet to win the May 24 special election.

What then was no less an eminence than House Speak John Boehner doing campaigning at Corwin’s side earlier this week? Why did a national GOP group affiliated with Karl Rove pony up with $600,000 in campaign ads? And why are Republicans so afraid of Kathy Hochul, Corwin’s opponent, whose only claim to fame is being Erie County clerk?

In a word, Medicare.

Republicans want to gut the popular program even though they now say that a vote to that effect in the House was all a misunderstanding. (They thought they were voting on toppings for pizzas, or something.) Republican congressfolk are finding out in town hall meetings across the country that their older and less affluent constituents, some of whom waved their canes at them, like Medicare just the way it is.

A recent poll found that 59 percent of 26th District Republicans like Medicare just the way it is and don’t want it to fall victim to deficit reduction, but Corwin is still campaigning on gutting it. And as if Corwin doesn’t have enough problems, there is Jack Davis, a former Democrat who has Tea Party backing and is nipping at her heels.

And so the Reverse Robin Hood thuggery of the GOP has come home to roost in a once safe district. You can expect the situation to be replicated elsewhere over and over again, and a slew of freshman Republican congress folk fear just that. So fearful are they that they’re begging President Obama to rein in the anti-GOP attack ads. Oh, and the AARP attack ads haven’t even begun running.

Poor widdle babies!

Photograph by David Duprey/The Associated Press

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  • ShannonLeee

    Love the title, but wonder if those angry Medicare grannies will really flip Dem.

  • ShannonLeee:

    The headline is from a Grateful Dead song:

    My guess is that some of those angry grannies will be unable to bring themselves to vote for a Democrat and will vote for the Tea Partier.

  • ShannonLeee

    And did you purposely pick a line from the

    “Grateful Dead”?

    Seems to fit the Medicare debate perfectly. A good tombstone for those seniors voting for Republicans that want to get rid of it.

  • rudi


    Unfortunately, Franklin’s contempories had a very hard time understanding his technology. He showed them sample bells, asking him to simply look at the results without trying to understand the process. This was when he uttered the now famous quote, “if you get confused, listen to the music play.”

    In the end, Franklin couldn’t convince the foundry to use his dewing process. Instead they used an alternate process developed by a Frenchman named Simon Legree (who eventually turned out to be a British agent). Simon’s process involved planting small ice crystals (seeds) into the metal while the bell was being cast.

    As we all know, the Liberty Bell didn’t last very long. I believe it had one good ring, but you can’t really tell because it was so long ago.

    Apparently the one time it was rung was during a storm. After ringing, the famous crack developed in the side of the bell and the wind blew through the crack. They tried ringing the bell again, but the only sound was of the wind blowing through the crack.

    Benjamin Franklin was understandably disgusted. When asked later about the incident, his only comment was “They planted ice, so they harvested wind.” The ice refers to an alternate dewing process they used at the suggestion of a rival inventor (I’ll spare you the details, but he turned out to be quite a Tory). The wind, of course, is the lack of sound from subseqent ringings.

  • I chose the lyric not for context but because its elegant but simple profundity. And while the late great Jerry Garcia was a mediocre vocalist, on a good night he would deliver the line in his squeaky semi-falsetto to great effect.

    Going waaay off topic, the performance of “Franklin’s Tower” on August 13, 1975, immortalized on One From the Vault, is the standard by which all other performances should be judged.

    Easing back on topic, didja know that Ann Coulter was a Deadhead?

  • SteveK

    Here’s “Franklin’s Tower” on YouTube:

  • rudi

    Easing back on topic, didja know that Ann Coulter was a Deadhead?,/i>
    knew that, but I doubt if her and Bob Weir or any other GD are Facebook friends. Lotta good stuff during the 1976 tour, 1975 was more time off. During 1976 live FM broadcast of Dead shows is something that doesn’t happen today.

  • PWT

    I always liked 10-9-1976 and from a different era, 10-9-1984. Great versions of the song and great shows all around.

    Coulter a Deadhead, of course we on the conservative side knew that. She’s even been spotted back stage at some of the more recent iterations of The Dead etc…

    Just because we have different views, doesn’t mean we can’t all appreciate excellent music. I recomend using for a show a day. For me, today, it’s 5-11-1978.

  • PJBFan

    As I said in another thread about this, this is not so much about policy positions as a spoiler of a third party candidate in Jack Davis. Davis is the Tea Party candidate, and has run quite a few times for that seat, as a Democrat. If he was not in the race, Hochul would not stand a chance.

  • DLS

    We haven’t heard of the “Gray Panther” threat since the early 1990s, and that’s despite the coming old age of the Baby Boomer cohort.

    People will get more conservative as they get older and wiser with age and experience, but it’s more complicated when we look at the federal entitlement (primarily-elderly-directed welfare) programs, Social Security and Medicare. The middle class not only is hooked on these, but realistically may become more dependent on them than so many now realize or believe, as I’ve tried to tell people on numerous occasions here. Not only with the need for Medicare because of the insurance model as well as the current insurance system (and so many don’t even understand at all, apparently, that nursing home care is so often paid for by Medicaid — never mind the “Medicaid trap” and means testing and “estate recovery” that I’ve tried to warn others about). I also have said that in the future many may depend or rely on Social Security for so much of their eventual income (even though this program was never intended, ever, to be a pension or a primary source of retirement income) and it won’t just be stupid 60s-style hype and nonsense when many will say benefits are inadequate.

    The leftist nonsensical reaction to Ryan’s proposal probably should have been predicted (along with their continued failure to offer true reforms needed to save Medicare and Social Security, too). This includes description of the Republicans in Congress. Few shared Ryan’s stance and most understand that dumping the elderly onto the insurance market isn’t going to work, not only because even without concerns about price, many might not ever be offered insurance (in lieu of law forcing insurers to do this), but because by then the Dems and even the GOP probably stand to regulate the insurance industry out of existence (as well as dumping excessive external costs on it, speeding up the process).

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