The President used the 75th anniversary of Social Security to whipsaw the Republican Party on how to best protect the system going forward. And that issue appears to be heating up, with many Republican candidates being forced to backpedal from earlier support for privatizing Social Security. Tea Party Republicans in particular have been susceptible to this line of attack, having made statements that are now being trumpeted by Democrats everywhere. Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle has really stepped in it, with multiple references to her lack of support for the program, including implying that it is a welfare program. From the Washington Post:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle says the nation’s Social Security system needs to be privatized, and that it was done before in the South American country of Chile.
With Democrats on their back heels they are going to try to bring this issue to the front quickly, looking for anything that might reverse Republican momentum. The President, in remarks last week, told Republicans that “I am pretty good at politicking too.” If it is going to be all politics all the time, and every issue is going to be exploited for political gain, then I guess the Dems have a pretty good one here. It very well may save Harry Reid in Nevada.
In a last note I couldn’t help but put up a new Sharron Angle ad attacking Reid over Social Security. In it she calls for Social Security to be put in a “lock box”. Didn’t the Republicans mock Al Gore, who advocated putting Social Security in a “lock box” when he ran for President. Angle is busted on this one, and she will not be able to escape the Reid onslaught on the issue, which will use her own words against her. The Al Gore Lock Box? Too little, too late!
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has put up a “Social Security Scorecard” calling out Republican Senate candidates for supporting privatizing Social Security.
Read the Sharron Angle Social Security story here.