Steven Taylor of OTB asks the most important political question of the season:
To wit, a question: how likely is the (Ryan) plan to pass the House? (Heck, will it even come to a floor vote?) In other words: all the rhetoric of superlatives aside, are Republicans in the House willing to pass the plan?
I don’t know the answer, but I do know this: the Village has unwittingly set a trap for Republicans here. WaPo/Bobo/Klein/Sully’s praise for the Ryan monstrosity may be sweet and nice, but that won’t keep you warm at night in November 2012 if you’re a Republican Congressman who voted to abolish Medicare.
Oldsters vote and they watch a lot of tv too. If you’re a Republican in a swing district and you let your voting record make the election a referendum on the abolition of Medicare, you’re in a bad way. You want the Matlock crowd hot and bothered about gay marriage or Sharia law, not worried about the fact that you want to cut their health care.
If these idiots pass this thing — which will die in the Senate, my guess is that outside of Rand Ryan and a few other loons, no one there touch will touch this thing — it will cost them ten seats all by itself.