...Paul Ryan is going to end/kill/destroy/whatever Medicare as we know it, except for everyone in Florida, DNC chair's Debbie Wasserman Schultz's home state, 55 and over... well, 55 and over in every other state of the union as well.
We think we may have figured out why the Democrats picked Schultz to lead the Democratic National Committee as this clip with Wolf Blitzer will ably demonstrate: message discipline.
On the issue of changes to Medicare for folks over 55 which the Ryan plan does not effect, she has her talking points and, by damn, she's going to stick to them.
At 2:10 she effectively concedes the 55 year-old cut off line before declaring that unacceptable and then moving right back into her talking points narrative of how Paul Ryan is going to end/kill/destroy/whatever Medicare as we know it.
The intellectual heft being displayed here gives a glimpse into the reason why many on the left are cringing at the thought of a vice-presidential debate.
Related: The Onion gives Paul Ryan the treatment. Boy, do they:
When Mitt Romney selected me as his running mate, I knew the Democratic attack dogs would come out in full force. They would say I’m a right-wing ideologue. They would say my views on entitlement programs are far too radical. They would say putting me on the ticket immediately kills Mitt Romney’s chances of becoming president because I’m a liability. But if we’re being honest with each other—if we’re able to put aside the talking points for a few minutes and say what we’re all actually thinking and feeling—I believe we can acknowledge the real truth here.
I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m smart, and I’m articulate. And that scares the ever-loving shit out of you. You can pretend like you have this thing in the bag, but you know good goddamn well that this race just got real interesting, real fast.
It’s okay to admit it. You’re frightened to death of me. It might actually be healthy for you to face your fears now rather than later, when Mitt and I are leading by a few points in the polls and it looks like this thing might end badly for you. Face it: I’m not some catastrophe waiting to happen, like a Sarah Palin or a Dan Quayle. On the contrary, you have the exact opposite fear. I’m a solid, competent, some might say exceptional, politician.
Read the rest of this amazingly non-ironic bit here.