Now the Dems have that narrative going into 2012 and will force Republicans to "compromise" on Medicare and kick the can down the road.
Oh well, I say let the program go belly-up and people can riot in the streets.
Kathy Hochul (RAT) = 48,530 votes
Jane Corwin (GOP) 43,836 votes + Jack Davis "Tea Party" 9,495 votes = 53,331 votes
Candidates who proclaimed to be "consevative" got 5000 votes MORE than the liberal RAT. That's about on par for this district. Contrary to what the Dems claim, NY-26 is not overwhemlingly conservative and one of the safest GOP districts in the nation. It is drawn to give conservatives a modest majority, and voted that way in this election. It's not like the fake tea party candidate admitted he was really a liberal and told everyone a vote for him was a vote to "save medicare". He ran on a conservative platform and duped a bunch of conservatives into voting for him. I seriously doubt anyone scared that the evil GOP was going to cut Medicare voted for the "Tea Party". If anything, most of the "Tea Party" voters selected that choice because they wanted someone even MORE conservative on cutting government benefits.
Botton line: NY-26 -- 53,331 conservatives votes vs. 48,530 liberal votes cast. Unfortunately for us, 9,000 of those conservative voters were duped into supporting the wrong person.
Tea Votes > Margin Between R and D
Mediscare made it closer but they still only won because of fake Tea partier Jack Davis.