Here’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz getting tripped up when Wolf Blitzer tries to get her to admit that the Ryan Medicare plan doesn’t change anything for those over 55 (via). DWS wants to filibuster around that point because she knows that it is a clever bit of politics that hurts her with the olds in her home state.
If there ever were a time for a Democrat to say “class warfare”, this would have been one of them, e.g., “Ryan and Romney are cynically turning parent against child by encouraging parents to deny children the same Medicare benefit they now enjoy. This is especially unjust since their children have spent most of their lives paying into Medicare.” The point is to get past the over-55s quickly to transition to the under-55s. Nobody under 55 should want to vote to turn their Medicare into vouchers, and if you have 4 minutes on CNN, at least 3 of them should be spent hammering that point home.
I also like the idea of heaping a little shame on the Tea Party over this one. Ryan’s plan is calculated to appeal to them because most of them are old and selfish. They’ve fabricated a bullshit story where Medicare is their God-given right, because God smiled on them, but, for some inscrutable reason, God is not smiling on the next generations, so the kids get vouchers and fuck-all else. As part of the generation right after the Baby Boom, all I heard growing up was Generation Gap this, Generation Gap that, Generation Gap the other, so let’s pull that hoary old meme out for another romp around the park and turn it around. I think the majority of the over-55s are old and unselfish, and a little shame will separate some of the ones who might be inclined to be selfish from the rest of the teabagger pack.