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How Democrats Lose Arguments

Only four Republican members of the House voted against the Ryan budget. One of them was Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mon., who’s also a candidate for U.S. Senate next year.

Regardless of which party wants to change Medicare, either Democrats with Obamacare or Republicans through this budget proposal, it’s always been my approach to listen directly to Montanans prior to any vote. It’s being rushed through with little to no public input. That’s just plain wrong… there are still too many unanswered questions with regard to Medicare reform, and I simply won’t support any plan until I know for a fact that Montana’s seniors will be protected.

Rehberg’s opponent is Jon Tester, who voted against the Ryan budget, too, when it came up for a doomed dry run in the Senate. But Tester also went on Morning Joe and said merely that “Paul Ryan put forth a plan, good place to start, there are some problems with it.”

It’s just morning TV talk, okay, fine, but come on – Tester has a Republican opponent who’s running far to the left on Medicare, and even he’s playing the austerity game?