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Photo of tea party supporters at the supreme court in washington dc on 6/28/12.
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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