There’s a reason this clown is 0-for-8 when running presidential campaigns: He’s a blithering idiot. Who in their right mind would recommend running on the greatest domestic policy disaster in American history?
Democrats have to stop allowing Republicans to define the election as an up or down vote on an abstraction called Obamacare. Instead of running away from health reform, they have to run on it -– in the right way. The key is to denominate the choice in terms of specific provisions of the law, which are overwhelmingly popular in survey after survey.
Pound away at a Republican candidate for proposing, and a Republican House incumbent for voting 51 times, to permit insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions; 65% of Americans disagree with that in the Bloomberg data. Assail Republicans for opposing a ban on lifetime limits, so policies can’t be canceled when patients are sickest and need them most; 53% of Americans support the ban. And go after Republicans for favoring or voting for a bill to deprive children up to the age of 26 of the chance to stay on their parents’ health insurance policy. Here Democrats are in sync with 73% of the country.
Even the individual mandate elicits just narrow disapproval, 51% to 47%. Democrats can defend it, but it’s imperative to go on offense by recognizing and actualizing the reality that the parts of health reform are more powerful politically than its sum.
Shrum is living in a fantasy world where he cherry picks what he believes to be popular approval ratings:
Obamacare’s numbers are getting better and better – in both public opinion and enrollments. Democrats have the specifics on their side. What they most have to fear is their own wimpiness –-or miscalculation. It would be self-delusion of the first order to assume health reform won’t be a central issue in 2014. Democrats can’t slink away, or crouch, or cut and run against their own record. But they can recast the contours of the contest; they can meet voters where they already are.
Where are these numbers getting better? On what planet? The one number that is most relevant at this point is this one, and it’s not a good sign whatsoever. With a failed president mired at 40% approval history shows his party will be losing badly in the midterms. Even the Republicans may not be able to mess this one up.
Over to you, Robert Gibbs.