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August 16, 2012

Romney 'Fochs' Obama

Topics: Political News and commentaries

In a surprising piece at Politico (surprising only because the pro-DNC hacks at Politico allowed it), Rich Lowry praises Romney's ad attacking Obama on Medicare and points out how it gels with the strategic logic of long-ago military legend Ferdinand Foch: "Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I attack."

[...] The best Romney ad of the campaign is the current spot on President Barack Obama's cuts to Medicare. It points out that the president took $700 billion from Medicare to fund "Obamacare," robbing one unsustainable entitlement to create a new one. The ad is truthful, unadorned and -- for any senior who feels protective of Medicare -- damning.

In the Medicare debate, schoolyard rules apply: Punch the bully in the mouth twice as hard.

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.

It's impossible to have a reasonable discussion with people who insist you are going to "kill people" (Paul Krugman's words). If Vice President Joe Biden hasn't yet said that the Romney-Ryan Medicare premium support plan will lead to the re-institution of chattel slavery, just wait till the next time he gets worked up before a largely African-American audience.

It is understandable, given the history, that Republican political consultants have lost control of their urinary function and been sleeping with waterproof bedding since Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). They are traumatized by long experience. Traditionally, for a Republican to propose Medicare cuts is a risk; to propose transforming the program a death wish.

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.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Richard at August 16, 2012 2:35 PM

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