We need a sort, pithy way to frame the Medicare issue, and we haven't yet done it. The "framing war" is being waged big time by Ryan, whom I just saw on some news program talking about how his plan "strengthens and saves" Medicare for the future.
Those words track the talking points Republicans have issued. According to MSNBC's coverage, Republicans have been directed to avoid the words "privatize" and "entitlements" and instead push their program as
"preserving, securing, saving" Medicare for the future etc. etc.
Democrats cannot let Republicans frame the Medicare debate. Yes, we have the facts and the arguments and the high ground, but if we lose the framing we risk losing even on our strongest issue.
Last night on The Last Word Lawrence O'Donnell asked the Democratic surrogate what the "short" pithy way to make the case was for the Dems, and instead got a thoughtful but complicated response as to which $700B cuts were which and why blah blah blah.
That won't cut it! According to Rachel Maddow, http://video.msnbc.msn.com/....
Romney has hired the PR people BP brought on board after the oil spill, and the group of "crisis managers" that whitewashed dictators and bad actors, and they are masters of framing. Adding PR skills to a Romney campaign that already has embraced lies and distortions intensifies our need to WIN THE FRAMING WAR NOW! Framing happens early in the debate, and determines "home field advantage."
This diary is a test run for such a framing "slogan." Based on helpful comments to my previous diary about framing, the best I can come up with is:
MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT versus COUPONS FOR GRANDMA
But someone else out there may have a better idea, so please submit your comments and VOTE in the POLL