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So passé.
Republicans are convinced (still) that Obamacare is the key to their electoral success in 2014. Given that off-year elections are base elections, they might be right. They can hold the house and maybe get some Senate pick-ups by continuing to beat the Obamacare drum. But that's looking more and more iffy, because more and more people just don't care anymore.
Graph showing plummeting numbers of Google searches on Obamcare and related search terms since October.
That's a graph of Google searches on Obamacare and related terms since the beginning of October, when enrollments began. Reporter interest has shown the same dramatic drop-off in the past few weeks. There could be blips in news coverage of the law as the next enrollment deadline (March 31) approaches, and as more people start accessing the care that's now available to them, but as an issue for the American public? Unless they need insurance or hate President Obama, they've moved on.

They've actually been moving away from Obamacare as a political issue for a couple of years, judging by a long series of polls from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Clear back in March 2011 only the most rabid supported repeal of the law. That continued in November 2011. In July, 2012 a few months before a national election proved it, a healthy majority of 56 percent said it was time for Republicans to just give up the fight and move on to things that are more important.

That attitude continued well into 2013: in July and in November, just for a few examples. The big question is can Republican Obamacare derangement syndrome overcome the Big Meh which has overtaken the vast majority of the country? Can they maintain their fervor when nothing really bad happens to anyone because Obamacare is now law?

Of course, their overlords, the Koch brothers have invested hundreds of millions in this fight and it would be damned hard for Republicans to just abandon it, so they won't. But the returns could be severely diminished by next November.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 11:08 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 11:08:41 AM PST

  •  Will the media report the good news? (7+ / 0-)

    If the msm, true to form, only focuses on problems, especially around the March deadline, then the anti-Obamacare argument may still have legs in November.
    However, if the focus can be directed where it belongs, namely the people who aren't getting coverage because red states aren't implementing Obamacare, then the issue could drive base Democrats and new Democratic voters to the polls.

    •  Of course not (4+ / 0-)

      On to the next hysteria-du-jour.

      The thing about Right Wing Rage is that the form it takes never matters.  All that matters is that it regenerates.  Like Doctor Who.  New face, same (lack of) character.

      I give you... The Ground Zero Mosque!!  GASP!!! HORROR!!! OUTRAGE!!! COMPLETELY FORGottennnnnnnn....

      The switch flips.

      On to the next hysteria-du-jour.

      Obamacare will simply never exist. It will never have existed.  It will never exist.  

      The next "Eastasia" enemy will be announced, and the morons will scream at that shiny object.

      Orwell at is purest.

  •  It keeps the TGOP base motivated (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 12:24:44 PM PST

  •  please proceed, republican'ts (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TofG, rbird
  •  It is saving me about 1k a month (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TofG, rbird, ybruti

    That is rare but still, it is helping a lot of people, so to republicians I can only say,
    Please proceed

  •  That graph... (2+ / 0-)
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    rbird, ybruti

    Is practically unreadable.  Even in the linked article.

    The Dems need to RUN on this:

    'The Republicans have spent X amount of your tax dollars and 4y number of votes trying to repeal a law that has helped z-million people.  People like Abc: (15 second testimonial).  Don't let the Republicans waste any more time or any more of your tax dollars trying to take away healthcare from Abc.  Vote for the Democratic Party'

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck

    by RichM on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 12:46:05 PM PST

    •  Maybe they are afraid of "The web site is broken!" (1+ / 0-)
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      Which is silly, because the web site isn't the law.  You could enroll by phone, by the separate state sites, on, interesting fact...


      It now works. I can hear the bitching begin about the back end of the thing, about how selected individuals are still having trouble.  It's not perfect,!  It's called the internet.  Every now and again Amazon won't work right.  Wikipedia sometimes goes offline for me.  Shit like this happened when we all depended on paper.  Back around 1990 I had problems getting into grad school because some clerk at my old college mistyped a social security number.  No one there could find a record that I had ever attended the college, let alone graduated.  Thankfully I still had my diploma.  They sent people into their records room like Indy Jones after an artifact and eventually found my records...weeks later.

      Oh, and every other month, for no apparent reason, the power fails at my complex.  It comes back on about five minutes later.  Nothing is perfect in this world.  Have I beaten that false premise to death?

      Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

      by rbird on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:11:13 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The GOP has a new campaign slogan (2+ / 0-)
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    ahumbleopinion, FiredUpInCA

    "We shut down the government to keep uninsured people from getting health insurance; it didn't work, but just give us another chance."

  •  .... Ooooh! Shiny! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

    by midnight lurker on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 12:58:46 PM PST

  •  "That's so last year" (0+ / 0-)

    Coming from the GOparty still mired in the 19th century, it could be argued that being last year is a step forward.

    The Democorporate faction of the party uses the Far Right as its excuse for moving further right.

    by masswaster on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:04:36 PM PST

  •  Obamacare == PP ACA Smart! (1+ / 0-)
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    One of the smartest things this administration has done (IMHO) is to take ownage of Obamacare.

    It's almost as good as when the left decided that being against the military was stupid because it just fed the RW meme on weak-on-defense. And the flag? That's OUR flag RW nutjob!

    WTF? Own O-care! Take pride in it b/c it's no longer a stigmatic term and will live on as long as this instrument of government lives as a monument to Barack Obama.

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

    by TerryDarc on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:06:04 PM PST

  •  It (0+ / 0-)

    has been seen that the convoluted crazies of the right will get out the vote regardless of how deranged their reasoning is. Perhaps if, the left leaning politically active individuals and associations that send constant and unrelenting requests for donations and petition signatures, to my inbox, (not complaining) would unite in a coordinated get out the vote campaign it could make defeating Republicans, this year, a reality.

    one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK

    by Klick2con10ue on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:10:27 PM PST

  •  We need to change the writing on the wall. (0+ / 0-)

    After the Republicans closed the government last year, things were looking up for us taking back the House and retaining the Senate.

    Now - mostly because of the media overhyping the ACA website rollout and the Republican party doing their damnedest to play up the 'horrors' of the ACA - we are in danger of not just having the house retained by the madhouse - but possible Senate seats pick up by the Republican Party.  Something we really cannot afford at this time.

    We need to get out the vote.  I know the midterms are always base elections, but we need to get our base out there this time.  We cannot afford losing out this year.  

  •  Overthrow America Because Website! (0+ / 0-)

    I gotta tell you, the last couple months of watching Fox News howl around the clock about a website was less than exciting.  

    Although the internet is a great place to talk about tv, television doesn't hold much potential as a forum to discuss the net.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:11:52 PM PST

  •  The Grass Roots Sign Company ... (0+ / 0-)

    is a sponsor at Tea party rallies.
    Their company motto is: 'We can make you look just as stupid as you want to be'.

    More is expected from us. The challenge in life is finding out the names of those who really give a rip.

    by glb3 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:32:57 PM PST

  •  I can't wait for the State of the Union (0+ / 0-)

    when the President announces that millions of Americans have signed up for insurance thanks to the ACA - and Democrats give him a standing ovation.

    Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    by bear83 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:51:43 PM PST

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