Paul Ryan’s budget plan to end Medicare (and end the Republican electoral revival of 2010) was rejected by the Senate in a 40-57 vote this afternoon. Five Republicans broke rank and smartly voted against it (Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Brown and Paul… because the radical bill wasn’t radical enough)
Mitch McConnell just voted to end Medicare. Top tier Democrats in Kentucky are officially no longer shaking in their boots, fearing the unbeatable Mitch. 2014 is on.
Roger Wicker of Mississippi just voted to end Medicare. He won by 10 points in 2008, and he’s up for election next year. That race is officially in play.
Richard Lugar of Indiana just voted to end Medicare. He’s actually in more danger of a primary from the right next year, but if he makes it through? In play.
Jon Kyl of Arizona just voted to end Medicare. He won by 9 points in 2006, and he’s up for reelection next year. That race is officially in play.
Dean Heller of Nevada just voted to end Medicare. He was appointed this month to fill the seat of John Ensign’s zipper, and is running next year. Nevada is a purple state. Very much in play.
Bob Corker of Tennessee just voted to end Medicare. He won by 3 points in 2006, and he’s up for reelection next year. In play.
Mitch McConnell was supremely confident that he was going to be Senate Majority Leader in 2013.
Think again, Mitch.