Today's New York 26 Special Election Says Little About The Republican Medicare Plan Or The 2012 Election
The media are already making a bid deal out of today's special election in New York's 26th congressional district as a referendum on Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan -- not! There's a lot more going on in this race that has absolutely nothing to do with Medicare.
Although Democrat Kathy Hochul has a narrow 42% to 36% lead over Republican Jane Corwin and Tea Party Jack Davis in this traditionally Republican district according to last Sunday's Public Policy Polling, "highly unusual circumstances" offer more proof that "special elections are mutant species" according to David Wasserman of Cook Political Report. He adds, "While all special elections should come with a warning label reading “Do Not Project Results onto Next November’s Races,” this label should come super-sized on a race involving a wealthy, pro-choice, protectionist Tea Partier who ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2004, 2006, and 2008 (spending more than $5 million of his own money) and has spent at least another $1.7 million in this race."
Multimillionaire Corwin finances her own campaign too and was forced to admit in the only debate with Hochul that she owns a Cadillac, a Range Rover, and a Mercedes. She countered that Hochul's husband owns a Lexus, which Hochul denied. Then there was the incident two weeks ago where Corwin's Chief of Staff confronted Davis, video camera in hand, over his refusal to debate. The shoving contest ended up on YouTube and threw Corwin off-message. All Hochul has had to do was to stand above the fray, act like one of the people, and challenge Corwin over Rep. Ryan's Medicare plan. Corwin cited Hochul for supporting President Obama's health reform plan and for becoming another pawn of Nancy Pelosi.
I'm with David Wasserman in concluding this race is another "mutant species."