Schumer was using the name Senate Democrats had just given—like 100 hours ago—to their package of agenda-setting stunt legislation. Among its features will be a minimum wage hike and paycheck fairness. The Ryan budget stole no Democrat’s thunder on that. It also didn’t touch Social Security in any meaningful way. That means the GOP will go into the election with nothing meaningul tying it to one of the Democrats’ preferred attack lines—that the party wants to cut Social Security.
See, the midterm’s going to present them with an older electorate, and the Democrats want these voters to be just as afraid of Republicans as they are afraid of Obamacare. Democrats keep searching for ways to raise the specter of Social Security cuts. In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan is currently looking at the 1980 Libertarian Party manifesto to prove that David Koch, the party’s vice presidential candidate that year, backs privatization. In Florida, Democrats attacked now-Rep. David Jolly for lobbying for a conservative group that backed privatization. They really, dearly want to link Republicans to something they know seniors hate.
Ryan is denying them an opportunity to do so.