Karl Rove’s latest ad attacking Kay Hagan gets an R rating–for ridiculous. Rove is accusing Hagan of trying to cut social security and Medicare benefits while simultaneously increasing the debt. The message is muddled and the accusations aren’t believable.
Protecting social security and Medicare have been key parts of the Democratic agenda for decades. In trying to go after Hagan on the issues, he’s trying to drive a wedge between her and seniors and undermine a traditional Democratic strength. I doubt most voters will buy it. It’s like Democrats accusing Republicans of raising taxes. It goes against the core of their beliefs.
But if Rove really wants to bring that conversation up, Hagan should engage him. Last time the GOP controlled Congress, they tried hard to privatize social security. Had they succeeded, the Great Recession would have been even worse. There’s no evidence that they’ve backed off that part of their agenda.
As Speaker of the North Carolina House, Thom Tillis passed a budget that underfunded schools and stiffed teachers to pay for a huge tax cut to wealthy North Carolinians. He kicked more than a 170,000 people off of unemployment insurance at a time when there were no jobs to be had. He also denied Medicaid to 500,000 citizens just to thumb his nose at Obamacare. What makes anybody doubt that he would support privatizing social security?
While Tillis wants to come off as a moderate politician, he oversaw a radical transformation of North Carolina government that has, so far, only benefitted a few and hurt a lot. He’s either led the revolution or got led by it. Either way, there’s no evidence that, in Washington, Thom Tillis would put the people he represents ahead of either his own ambitions or the excesses of his party.
Even if you believe entitlements need to be reformed, it’s going to take compromise and working both sides of the aisle to do it. Kay Hagan fits the profile of someone who might be able to engage in that conversation. Thom Tillis doesn’t.