By Sam Foster
The media wants to make the NY-26 narrative about some important liberal talking point, but they just can’t decide which.
According to TPMDC, NY-26 is all about how Jane Corwin’s pro-abortion in the first trimester stance caused the Tea Party to get involved, spoiling the Republican congressional race. Their analysis conveniently overlooked the fact that all the candidates have some pro-abortion stance and the fake Tea Party candidate Jack Davis was also splitting the Democrat votes with Dem Kathy Hochul.
Roll Call online thought it was both Jack Davis spoiling the race and a referendum on Paul Ryan’s budget proposal.
NY Times now admits that Jack Davis isn’t really much of a spoiler (while forgetting that Ian Murphy for the Green Party is spoiling Democrat Kathy Hochul):
The race is complicated by the presence of Mr. Davis, a former Democrat who failed in his bid for the Republican nomination and is now running on the Tea Party line. While Mr. Davis appears to be draining support from both candidates, he is doing more damage to Ms. Corwin, according to Steven Greenberg, a polling expert for Siena College.
Then the NY Times decides that the race is indicative of waning support for the Paul Ryan budget plan:
The poll (the Siena Poll) found that 59 percent of respondents said they opposed reining in federal spending by cutting entitlement programs like Medicare. Only 38 percent said they supported such spending cuts to trim the deficit.
Marsha Sherris, 61, a real estate broker in the district, seems to epitomize the challenge for Ms. Corwin. A registered Republican, Ms. Sherris said that she was troubled about the Republican Medicare proposal and that it might ultimately influence her vote in the special election.
“Maybe I would go Democrat,” Ms. Sherris said on Main Street in Williamsville. “We have to worry about the seniors. They are the ones who supported this country all this time.”
NY Times cherry picks the Siena Poll, glossing over the fact that the Siena Poll shows a plurality of voters, 53-36, who wants to see the next congressional candidate vote for Ryan’s budget plan.
I’d be remiss if I didn't point out the portion of NY Times analysis that was most comical. It was this little gem:
The shifting dynamics of the race, which have emboldened top Democrats and their allies, underscore the intense reaction to Mr. Ryan’s proposal, the centerpiece of a budget that House Republicans voted to approve in April to address the nation’s long-term financial problems.
Yet, if this were true, why are top democrats going out of their way to avoid supporting democrat Kathy Hochul’s bid? The media is carrying a lot of water on this one.
As Jazz Shaw agreed, neither narrative really fits. If you were to follow the coverage it is apparent that media understands this, but they need to write about something, why not a Democrat talking point?