Saturday, February 26, 2005
Dems face a dilemma with AARP
Democratic anger with AARP for supporting the Republicans’ Medicare prescription-drug bill 15 months ago has barely subsided, and many House lawmakers remain skeptical that the advocacy group’s opposition to GOP attempts to reform Social Security will last.The Democrats’ apprehension about AARP, the nation’s largest group representing senior citizens, registers at different levels throughout the caucus. Some lawmakers are willing to set aside their lingering resentment over the party’s defeat on Medicare in hopes of defeating the president’s proposal to offer personal accounts. Less forgiving Democrats, however, say AARP should stay on the other side of the aisle and work with "their new GOP friends." Cont.