Sigh: GOP ad in Montana knocks Democrat for supporting Social Security reform

posted at 8:01 pm on July 15, 2014 by Guy Benson

Dear Republicans,

When your opponent is right about a delicate issue, please try to resist the siren song of political expediency, and refrain from clobbering him over the head with it for fleeting gain.

Cheers,
Guy

Background: Montana’s GOP Senate candidate, Congressman Steve Daines, is out with an attack ad that assails Democrat John Walsh’s openness to discussing partial Social Security privatization as “too risky:”

The spot begins with a plucky, likeable senior citizen and cancer survivor hitting Walsh for defending Obamacare.  So far, so good. She then raps the healthcare law for “cutting billions of dollars from Medicare,” which is absolutely true, even as some of those cuts have been cynically postponed by the White House on behalf of anxious Democrats. But the crucial and fair-minded conservative point to make on this front is that Obamacare slashed hundreds of billions from one soon-to-be insolvent entitlement program in order to fund a brand new one — while preposterously double-counting those savings as also shoring up Medicare’s books. Drawing that important distinction isn’t even attempted in this short ad, which is too bad. By contrast, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s team was much more careful and effective in employing this line of attack in their tough counter-punch ad that pushed back against a mendacious criticism from his Democratic opponent:

“Grimes supports Obamacare, which cuts $700 Billion from seniors’ Medicare. That’s how Obama and Grimes will pay for Obamacare.”

The worst bit of Daines’ commercial, though, is the Democrat-style attack that even considering some form of private sector partnership as part of a Social Security reform package for future seniors is tantamount to a risky, anti-seniors scheme.  In fact, this exact same critique was originally leveled against Walsh by a fellow Democrat during the primary campaign:

Walsh didn’t even come close to endorsing full privatization in that clip, and he’d almost certainly get in line to torpedo any solid reform plan as a loyal member of Harry Reid’s majority.  But he at least expressed some willingness to consider an array of options, including this free market solution.  Republicans shouldn’t use that, of all things, against him.  I fully understand that campaigns are rough-and-tumble affairs, and that juicy attacks are sometimes irresistible, even if they’re not entirely ideologically consistent.  But entitlement reform is one of the defining issues of our time.  Our nation’s finances are being overrun by unpaid-for promises, and it will require political will and courage to do something to stem the tide.  Just today, the House Budget Committee released a fact sheet noting that the CBO’s most recent long-term budget outlook “increased [its] measure of Social Security’s unfunded liability by 25 percent.”   It’s fairly unusual to encounter any Democrat whose default setting does not entail whistling past the graveyard while mindlessly demagoging the issue for temporary gain; that’s their party’s whole playbook.  So “rewarding” that rare bird with a dumb Republican attack from the Left is maddening and depressing.  I wish the Daines camp hadn’t gone there, especially because their man is clearly conservatives’ best choice for the state and the country.  He’s also up double digits on Walsh, so this move seems particularly gratuitous and smacks of needless desperation.  I’ll leave you with some uplifting news from the 2014 Senate battle, with Stu Rothenberg shifting his ratings of two key races in Republicans’ direction.  Rothenberg praised Colorado’s Cory Gardner as perhaps “the best GOP challenger in the country,” and declared a pure toss-up in Iowa, where conservative Joni Ernst has briefly stepped away from the campaign trail to fulfill her annual training duties with the Iowa National Guard.  During her absence, American Crossroads is running this ad in her stead:

Braley’s infamous dissing of Grassley and farmers at a fundraiser with out-of-state trail lawyers is just one element of his ongoing image struggles.  He also whined about the Congressional gym being closed during the government shutdown, and threatened to sue a neighbor over a bizarre and frivolous issue.  An aggressively litigious trial lawyer?  Go figure.


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Steve Daines, you sir, are a dumbass…

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Ripped right from the page of the vote cheat Thad Cochran.

nobar on July 15, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Disgust

Saltysam on July 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Guy – I think you should have used the facepalm screencap instead.

*SIGH*

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Party of stupid.

lorien1973 on July 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

OT – this is not a good rendition of the anthem at the All Star Game

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Meh.

Fathom on July 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Has he called him a racist teabagger yet?

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

What two party system….

cthemfly on July 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I’ll leave you with some uplifting news from the 2014 Senate battle

That is heartening about Joni Ernst. Don’t know enough about Gardner to say for sure, but Udall is a radical leftist who deserves to be defeated.

cat_owner on July 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

What am I thinking?!?! Its not a R primary runoff. Never mind.

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

further highlighting the differences between republicans/gop and conservatives.

dmacleo on July 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

GOP Establishment at it’s best. Pretty soon they’ll supplant the DimocRat base as the most radical big-government moonbats in the political world.

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Why all the surprise??

We are talking Montana here after all…

Damn near Canadian on the north…out of state well off liberal fu*^tards in the south west…

Boom!!

Max Baucus…

BigWyo on July 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

stupid.. and we hope to win back the senate with idiots like this? Why does Akin come to mind..

theblacksheepwasright on July 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM

…the GOPe will betray you.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Guy Benson!

You should’ve applied for the job Noah Rothman filled. Would prefer to read you here more often instead of his daily blathering about MSNBC’s talking points.

sauldalinsky on July 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Blog to long to read….

ladyingray on July 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

If we attack someone who supports a sensible solution to a problem just because they are in the other party we should be prepared to have the elected officials do nothing until the problems are too big to fix.

rmkdbq on July 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Dear Guy,

We received your letter expressing concern about our campaign tactics, and we would like to remind you that WE are the geniuses and you are just a little person. So please sit down, shut up, and vote for whomever we toss on the ballot.

Thanks much,

The Whigs
The GOP

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

If we attack someone who supports a sensible solution to a problem just because they are in the other party we should be prepared to have the elected officials do nothing until the problems are too big to fix.

rmkdbq on July 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

You really should get out more, because we passed “too big to fix” 5 years ago.

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

How dare you let people choose whether or not to privatize their own Social Security!

Apostasy! Heresy! Blasphemy!

Aizen on July 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

MT is no longer MT.

The infestation by Kalifornia doctors and lawyers, libtards all, is complete.

Walk away. Don’t look back.

Tard on July 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

And how is this a surprise?

Over 100 Kansas GOP “leaders” have endorsed the Democrat for Governor due to Gov. Brownback’s income tax cuts and inadequate funding for public education.

http://news.yahoo.com/100-kansas-gop-endorse-democrat-governor-200443953.html

What’s truly sad is people still think the Republican Party is any different from the Democrat party.

topdawg on July 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Actually, it makes sense.

The Demos have been coasting to election for 65 years with that bromide.

Why not beat them over the head with their own club?

formwiz on July 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Here is some more idiocy on display from DimocRat-Lite Republicans in Kansas.

The GOP either needs to do some MAJOR house cleaning, right now. Or the GOP just needs to die already and get it over with.

This nation is doomed.

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

topdawg on July 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

LOL, beat me to it.

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Can we get the two candidates to swap party affiliation?

listens2glenn on July 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

MT is no longer MT.

The infestation by Kalifornia doctors and lawyers, libtards all, is complete.

Walk away. Don’t look back.

Tard on July 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

That there mountain property sure is purty…Let’s get out there and ‘save’ it from the locals.

BigWyo on July 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

What’s truly sad is people still think the Republican Party is any different from the Democrat party.

topdawg

And speaking of the wise McConnell:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans plan to put forward a bill that would ensure employers cannot prevent their employees from obtaining contraception.

“We plan to introduce legislation this week that says no employer can block any employee from legal access to her FDA-approved contraceptives,” McConnell said. “There’s no disagreement on that fundamental point.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/212273-gop-to-offer-counter-hobby-lobby-bill

The stupid, it burns.

xblade on July 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Guy Benson, you idiot, Daines is trying to avoid a repeat of 2012, when the demonrats stole the election. Walsh already has an ad with TWO old ladies attacking Daines on a vote that they say would cut SS and/or Medicare. Better to cut the bastard at the knees right now before the “Throwing Granma of the cliff” meme takes hold.

conservative hispanic on July 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

So Rothenberg says how great the GOP challenger in CO is just before the bomb of the NBC/Marist poll came out showing him down 6 to the Dem, which pretty much takes that race off the possibilities of Republican pick-ups.

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Steve Daines, you sir, are a dumbass…

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2014 at 8:04 PM

He looks like one too.

J.B. Say on July 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

They don’t call them the stupid party for nothing. Imagine this, they attacked the tea party candidate in Mississippi for being racist, now they attack a Democrat in Montana for supporting Social Security reform. It doesn’t take long before people have to ask what you stand for.

I’m beginning to get worried that the stupid party will blow this election. To me, there is no reason to re-elect, or elect, any Democrat given what they’ve done to the country and how they’ve allowed Obama to by-pass the House of Representatives, but the Republicans are doing stupid stuff and that’s what costs elections.

bflat879 on July 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Social Security privatization is ridiculous. Whatever private companies are part of that will be bailed out and they’ll always have the votes to get bailed out because you’ll be voting for your security. The companies will know it and act accordingly.

You aren’t gonna let granny starve because her ss money was in a company that went belly up.

Buddahpundit on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Another fine example of the ignorance of the GOP LOSERship on how social marketplaces might operate. The Ocrats, for all their faults, have at least figured out that social marketplaces are good for society and collecting votes.

As for those who say privatized social marketplace pension system can’t or won’t work — that’s ignorance talking. There’s well know real world examples to counter that social marketplace ignorance. Chile, for example, has privatized pension system that is working well to promote prosperity for current workers and retirees. There’s other examples, …

Beyond that, the Preamble of the Constitution says the Federal goverment should “promote (not provide) the general wefare” and “preserve liberty … for our posterity”. We, as nation, shouldn’t enslave future generations to pay for ponzi social security schemes that force the young to pay huge chunks of their life energy to pay for past generation’s cushy retirement benefits.

It’s hard to see any clear vision or message for change coming from a political class of either party whose robust defined retirement benefit is far removed from contemporary marketplace realities. They have no skin in the game when it comes to how the positive and negative effects their policies may have on marketplace prosperity. They get the same cushy retirement plans if the end result of their policies look like Detroit or Texas. There’s generally more donor supports from the Detroit model… What could possibly go wrong…?

drfredc on July 15, 2014 at 11:38 PM

‘Bout time we covered the Cochran campaign in Mississippi.

Oh, wait. This is another Republican selling out conservative principles in hopes of getting Democrats to vote for him.

I guess the woods are full of them, lately.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Social Security privatization is ridiculous. Whatever private companies are part of that will be bailed out and they’ll always have the votes to get bailed out because you’ll be voting for your security. The companies will know it and act accordingly.

You aren’t gonna let granny starve because her ss money was in a company that went belly up.

Buddahpundit on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

True. As usual, there really are no solutions that can save these dying institutions-government or private.

There are certain financial realities that have to, unfortunately, run their course. Also, don’t forget the negative side of free enterprise capitalism-it’s called “bust”…and it can always become a permanent thing. If individual businesses go bankrupt then indeed the entire system can. That is the side of free enterprise too many want to ignore.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Would it have been so hard to make a commercial saying ‘my opponent is right on this issue but his party is firmly against it, so it will never come about if you elect him’?

Give kudos where appropriate and then point out the futility of having the right ideas with the wrong ‘friends’ who have a political ideology firmly against it. Make it sound like your incumbent opponent is incapable of understanding basic politics and unable to work with his OWN leadership to get good ideas going, and that he has repeatedly voted for a number of bad ideas and then cite them one by one.

You can compliment an opponent and still criticize them.

The knife goes in much, much deeper that way and it is then hard to be labeled as a die-hard partisan.

As it is this ad makes it a clear SOS: Stuck On Stupid.

And, really, shouldn’t we be voting Stupid out of office and not into it?

ajacksonian on July 16, 2014 at 6:42 AM

It amazes me to see the stupidity of our politicians. As many comments have already said, to accuse the Democrat of pandering (since the Democrat party would never support this idea) is the better, more effective route. Instead the Republican almost reflexively grabs whatever territory he’s allowed on demogoguery. Way to go all Thad Cochran on Montana, idiot.

Thanks for the good news on Colorado and Iowa.

MTF on July 16, 2014 at 6:59 AM

I am now not thinking of moving to Montana.Is there anyone with integrity?

celtic warrior on July 16, 2014 at 8:26 AM

The republican party is truly lost.

They’ve decided to fill the big-government void left by the democrats now that the “d”s have gone full Marxist.

LilyBart on July 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM

I live in MT and although I think privatizing SS could be a good thing if done right(when does the govt do things right?) not a lot of people here are for it. Do you want someone like a Jon Corzine as CEO of one of those private companies? Trust me, Walsh is a member in good standing of the dem good ole boy club and has used that membership to get ahead everywhere he’s been. He’ll be a reliable vote for the regime just like Tester.

Kissmygrits on July 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM

You aren’t gonna let granny starve because her ss money was in a company government that went belly up.

Buddahpundit on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Fixed for accuracy.

dominigan on July 16, 2014 at 9:44 AM

But remember, our resident brown-nosing GOPe fluffers will tell us we have to vote for the GOPe anyway.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

‘Bout time we covered the Cochran campaign in Mississippi.

Oh, wait. This is another Republican selling out conservative principles in hopes of getting Democrats to vote for him.

I guess the woods are full of them, lately.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM

I notice an absence of discussion about what the GOP is doing to Sam Brownback in Kansas, too. Aligning behind the Democrat opponent to a conservative incumbent.

Unf*ckingbelievable.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This is nothing. Montana Republics ran Bob Kelleher against Baucus the last time out.

http://images.dailykos.com/images/user/28416/180px_BobKelleher.jpg

claudius on July 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Republicans…

claudius on July 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Daines is actually running a very strong campaign. The Democrats will need to bankroll a Libertarian and have a lot of luck to pull this out.

claudius on July 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM