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The news gets worse and worse for President Obama. Assuming that his lickspittle acolytes in the press do what they usually do — muffle the litany of lies and incompetence and bad judgment that went into the disasters of Benghazi and Bergdahl; spin economic and unemployment indicators; bow meekly as the dog collar is tightened and the choke-chain yanked — that still leaves the President with the problem of ObamaCare.
Most people still don’t like it. And by “most people” I mean Democrats. From the WaPo:
Obamacare is a boon to Republicans in the 2014 election; this much is clear. The issue is galvanizing conservative voters like none other right now, and that’s important.
But the real reason it’s benefiting Republicans? Because there is basically no equal-but-opposite force — i.e. it’s motivating almost nobody on the Democratic side.
There’s an interesting and depressing (to Obama) graphic there, showing the drooping enthusiasm for Obamacare by Democrats. It’s now barely above the halfway mark. Which is a lot worse, politically, than any of his recent troubles because people don’t go out to vote if they’re iffy or unmotivated. Especially for this president. More:
The last WaPo-ABC poll showed…19 percent of opponents of the Affordable Care Act said it was one of the most important issues, while 11 percent of supporters said the same.
A big reason there are so few people rallying around the law is that, even among those who support it, they don’t necessarily think it’s helping or is going to help.
While support for Obamacare has generally been in the low 40s, only about half of supporters think it will actually be a net-positive over the long haul and make things better
in the U.S. health-care systemfor their families’ health-care situations.
Here’s the crux:
In other words, opponents of the law are more numerous, more passionate and more dreadful of things to come. Supporters are fewer, less passionate and not terribly convinced that the program they support will even bear fruit.
In politics, voting against something is always a stronger motivating force than voting for something. That’s definitely the case when it comes to Obamacare.
And until/unless Democrats get fired up about Obamacare, they’re probably in trouble in the 2014 election.
I think this is essentially correct. And I think it’s why — despite the red-fogged fury of the Bergdahl mess — we need to keep reminding people that this president isn’t just incompetent. He isn’t just dishonest. He isn’t just a disaster for this time. He’s a disaster for the future. And his party needs to be punished.
2014 needs to be a national referendum on the Democrats and ObamaCare. That’s a winning message. Even with Democrats.