Thursday, November 20, 2003

The Post has a story today that goes into more detail about the surprise AARP endorsement of the new Medicare reform bill. It basically states that the endorsement came after three years of courting by the GOP. The endorsement is expected to give the bill a big boost towards passage even though a poll shows that only 18 percent of the powerful lobby's members actually support the proposed legislation. Yesterday about two dozen AARP members gathered on the steps of the capitol and protested the endorsement, cutting up and burning their membership cards. The rift between the group's leadership and members is expected to have a serious, if yet unknown, impact on the race for the White House next year. The votes of Americans over fifty, who make up the group's membership, are widely sought by both parties, especially next year as the baby boomers are hitting that mark in huge numbers every day.

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