In a shocking turn of events, Politico, which usually spends most of its time BenSmithing for the President, somehow allowed National Review editor Rich Lowry to take to its opinion pages today, where Lowry laid out a particularly strong case for Romney going on the offensive on Medicare. “In the Medicare debate, schoolyard rules apply: Punch the bully in the mouth twice as hard,” writes Lowry, who recently destroyed Rachel Maddow on national television on the Medicare debate. “If Medicare reform could be adjudicated in a roundtable discussion hosted by uberwonk Alice Rivlin over tea and scones at the Brookings Institution, it would be one thing. But the tenor and substance will be set by David Axelrod, whose professional obligation is to be witlessly demagogic and wholly dishonest.”
Lowry rightly takes to task the bedwetters on the Republican side of the aisle who are running screaming from the Ryan plan on Medicare. As he point out, “Never before, though, have Democrats passed the largest Medicare cuts in history immediately prior to launching their tried-and-true assault. This time, it is a case of the pot calling the kettle a danger to America’s seniors.”
While sideswiping CNN’s Soledad O’Brien – a liberal hack masquerading as a horribly incompetent journalist – Lowry fleshes out the fact that the Obama cuts will have a devastating effect on seniors, while the Ryan plan actually preserves Medicare. “The Ryan budgets don’t endorse any specifics of the Obama cuts and reserve all the savings for Medicare itself. The best option is to start from scratch with a full repeal of ‘Obamacare.’ This happens to be Romney’s position — to which Ryan is happily wedded,” Lowry states.
For the first time, thanks to the monstrous legislative overreach Obamacare represents, Republicans have an opportunity to go on the offensive about Medicare. And they’re doing so with gusto, as Lowry points out.