Today, members of NOW delivered 1,500 baby bottle tops to Alan Simpson, the Republican co-chair of the President’s deficit commission, as part of a “Tits for an Ass” campaign demanding Simpson’s resignation. As happy as I am that a campaign calling itself “Tits for an Ass” exists, I think the specific “milk cow with 300 million tits” comment has basically faded away. The anger over possible cuts to Social Security, however, has not. And Democrats know this. That’s why they’re rolling out ads targeting Republicans not just for wanting to privatize Social Security, but for wanting to cut it. And this includes Democrats of every ideological stripe.
Consider this ad from moderate Debbie Halvorson:
Rather than just privatization, Halvorson attacks her opponent Adam Kinzinger for wanting to raise the retirement age. Similarly, challenger Tarryl Clark, within striking distance against Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, attacking her for saying that seniors “need to be weaned off” Social Security.
Clark isn’t exactly a fire-breathing progressive either. What unites progressives, mainstream Democrats and moderates is the belief that Social Security belongs to the people, and that no politician should take the benefits away, especially when the fixes to the system are so minor in the grand scheme of the budget. You can see these ads, especially the Halvorson one, run against Democrats in December if they try to accept recommendations to slash the program. In fact, I guarantee you’ll see them. This double game that Democrats may be trying to play on Social Security is incredibly dangerous for them.