Nancy Pelosi’s proud of Obamacare.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz thinks it’s wonderful.
Democratic strategists are scared.
Conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity are already hitting hard at vulnerable Democratic congressmen, and the Obamacare debacle that took over the fall news cycle and eclipsed the government shutdown that’s made Sen. Ted Cruz and the tea party look like prophets has libs looking at an upcoming holiday season with little to be cheerful about.
And no matter how it gets played by Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, or Pelosi, the California Democrat who midwifed the Obamacare monstrosity, the poll numbers and historical voting trends aren’t on the Democrats’ side when it comes to November.
“We’re trying to deny what everyone knows is happening,” a Democratic polling veteran told Politico. “Anybody who is halfway intelligent knows this is a big … problem for us. It’s impossible not to see. We can try to hide our heads in the sand and pretend it’s not a problem, but it is.”
If the past is prologue, that pollster’s right. In the 2010 mid-terms, the last time Americans went to the polls without President Obama on the ballot, Democrats were washed out of power in the House .
In November 2014, with the whole House up for election again and control of the Senate in play, Democrats like the 39 in the House who voted for a Republican bill on Nov. 15 to let Americans keep health plans that don’t comply with Obamacare are trying to distance themselves from the signature debacle of the president’s tenure.
Or, as John Fund wrote for National Review:
The number of people … who will be personally affected by Obamacare in a negative way is apt to exceed, perhaps by a lot, the number of people who feel they are winners under Obamacare. And these people will probably be motivated to vote in a midterm election. If so, we might see — if not a full repeal of the law — something that resembles repeal forced on an unwilling White House.
Institutional libs like Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz can afford to be complacement – neither has to worry about their seat next fall. But Democrats facing competitive races, like Florida Reps. Patrick Murphy and Joe Garcia, or senators in red states like Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Kay Hagen, D-N.C., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., will likely spend the next year trying to keep daylight between themselves and their own president.
“There’s a rash of polls out [last] week showing Obama’s approval going down and the generic ballot closing. That explains why people are doing what they’re doing,” Democrat pollster Keith Frederick told Politico.
Democrats, he said, “are seeing this as a disaster and they’re trying to run away from it.”
CORRECTION: The post originally referred to U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, by an incorrect last name.
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