I don’t know why Republicans decided to vote nearly unanimously and completely symbolically to end Medicare. I don’t know if they would have acted differently — and not voted to end Medicare — if Bobo/Sully/Klein etc. had questioned the numbers rather than just creaming themselves over the courage of it all. But I think this is one place where the simplicity of running ads that say “Republican candidate X voted to end Medicare” trumps all the narrative bullshit.
Republicans are lucky they lost the NY-26 special election tonight, because now they’ll back up off of it and sit their cup down. Make no mistake, though, the decision to vote the Ryan plan through the House was the stupidest political decision of our generation. Stupid because it was pointless — it would never become law — and stupid because it probably costs Republicans 10+ seats in the House. You don’t give up ten seats to accomplish nothing.