Democrats scored an upset in one of New York’s most conservative congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.
The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether the party should rethink its commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability as 2012 elections loom.
Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul [pictured middle above], was considered an all-but-certain loser. But Ms. Hochul seized on her Republican rival’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.
With 66 percent of the precincts reporting, Ms. Hochul led with 48 percent of the vote, to 43 percent for the Republican candidate, Jane L. Corwin [pictured above left]; [Tea Party candidate Jack Davis (pictured above right) had 9 % of the vote].
Is it premature to draw any lessons from this particular election?
Will the Republicans go back to the drawing board on the Ryan Budget or will they double down on the plan to end Medicare?
Assuming the Republicans continue to endorse the Ryan Budget, will the Democrats take control of the narrative like Hochul?
Will we see more interference for the Republican Party by the Tea Party in 2012?