While Social Security is still vitally important to most Americans, a Republican in upstate New York learned tonight that there is a second "third rail" - Medicare.
From Talking Points Memo -
Democrat Kathy Hochul Wins Upset In NY-26, Medicare Vote Key To VictoryLook for Republican wags across the nation to blame the loss on the presence of a third candidate, a tea party type, in the race.
Republicans are going to have plenty of questions about their plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program tomorrow morning after Democrats romped to an improbable victory in a special election focused almost entirely on the issue.
Democrat Kathy Hochul lead 48-43 with over 83% of the votes counted and her victory looks to be a strong one -- the Associated Press called the race within an hour of the polls closing.
Just remind them that Hochul received approximately twice as large a percentage of the vote (48%) as the Democratic candidate in the same district received just six months ago (24%).
That's not the fault of the tea party type.
In spite of the loss, look for R office holders and seekers to double down on the "destroy Medicare" plan - they'd rather go down in flames than to admit they're wrong.
To those Republicans I say this (and I'm showing my age :) ) -
Keep on keepin' on - 2012 will be here soon.