Democrats Win Special Election Thanks To Medicare And Phony Tea Party Candidate, But Mainly Phony Tea Party Candidate

So, the GOP lost another special election. We’ve been losing a lot of those lately. Course, an election is never just an election when the Democrats can create a phony message point out of it.

Democrats scored an upset in one of New York’s most conservative Congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.

The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether they should rethink their party’s commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability heading into the 2012 elections.

Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser in the race against the Republican, Jane Corwin. But Ms. Hochul seized on the Republican’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.

On Tuesday, she captured 47 percent of the vote to Ms. Corwin’s 43 percent, according to unofficial results. A Tea Party candidate, Jack Davis, had 9 percent.

Just do the math; 43 + 9 =’s 52, which is higher than 47. Corwin wasn’t a great candidate and Hochul certainly scored some points by obsessively lying about the Medicare issue, but the fact of the matter is, without the phony Tea Party candidate (He was a Democrat) peeling off conservative votes, Corwin would have probably won by 5 points in a +6 Republican district. If anything, the Medicare issue sounds like it may have been a less potent issue than you’d think in the election.

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