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  •  Gotta love Mary Landrieu (2+ / 0-)

    That woman is a survivor.  One hell of an opportunistic, cynical, survivor.  She knows she's probably a dead-woman-walkin' next year in Obama's second midterm.  But, like a cat, she always finds another life.
    She was lucky to be elected the first time in 2002, by turning her election from a Bush-led referendum on support for the Iraq war (which she'd have lost) to an election about some obscure local issue that allowed her to survive in a run-off.  Then, she gets to run for re-election in the Obama year 2008, when he brings blacks and kids to the polls in record numbers, and the Bush collapse is happening all around us, to help carry a Dem back to the Senate from LA.

    If there was ever a blue Senator from a red state that could only be explained by cynicism and providence, then it is her.  

    All of that said, this is a good idea, politically.  It puts the GOP on the defensive on this issue, at least for a while.  But, the GOP would be crazy to let this pass, and give up the issue for 2014.  I heard a commentator on a pop radio station the other day (not a political show at all) say that "only" 50,000 people have been able to sign up for the "President's healthcare plan" in the first month, while "millions" have tried.  This isn't going to be fixed anytime soon.  There's your bumper-sticker ad for 2014, which will resonate with the GOP base, who are the only ones who turnout in these midterms, anyway.

    Any Dem that thinks the ACA roll-out is not going to be a millstone in 2014 is in for a rude awakening.  Just look at Obama's approval numbers.  They'd better hope the GOP does something else really stupid between now and then, or we could be looking at a new Senate majority leader in 2015.

    •  Umm...just look at Obamacare's approval numbers (1+ / 0-)
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      The fact is that ACA's approval numbers are holding steady, regardless of what the beltway press wants to say, and what the Republican losers wishfully delude themselves into believing on blind faith.

      The Democrats SWEPT the Virginia elections.  The Republicans who ran on opposing Obamacare LOST the Virginia elections.  And this is despite the most intense media storm trying to convince everyone that Obamacare is a disaster.

      But the truth is, Obamacare's approval numbers have remained steady throughout this period.  It wasn't a top issue to the voters, except for hardcore rightwingers who weren't going to vote for a Democrat anyway.

      Opposing Obamacare is a millstone on the Republicans.  And the Republicans are too stupid to realize this.  They'd rather hide in their reality-denying delusion bubble and keep doubling down on their LOSER tactics than admit and adapt.

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