The Republicans really have got to up their game or this election is going to get away from them. Romney supporter Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz was absolutely destroyed on Friday, again by Soledad O’Brien on CNN.
His key mistake was to deny that the Ryan-Romney plan for Medicare replaces coverage for treatments with a voucher plan to buy private insurance, when that is exactly what it does. The NYT, as David discussed, has more detail here.
A second important mistake was to fail to acknowledge that he and the rest of the House Republicans voted to strip hundreds of billions from Medicare, when their votes are a matter of record.
The basic problem is that just like John McCain, Romney chose a charismatic ideologue to boost his far-right credentials. Ryan’s positions are now defining the national campaign, just as Palin’s did on everything from Russian foreign policy to the best newspapers for a president to read.