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The New York Times is catching up to what Daily Kos has been reporting for a while now: there are Democrats running on their support for Obamacare. We've talked about senators in two tough re-election campaigns: Alaska's Sen. Mark Begich and the terrific ad reiterating his support, and Sen. Mary Landrieu who is basing a good part of her campaign on Medicaid expansion in Louisiana, but also who says that the benefits of Obamacare are "worth fighting for." We've also featured the two candidates for governor that the Times mentions: Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania, and Charlie Crist in Florida.

What Daily Kos didn't do that the Times does is talk to Republicans to get their reaction.

Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the recent spate of ads Democrats were running in support of the law would “be great for Republicans” in November.

“We’re going to be able to take those ads that they’re wasting their money on, and use that footage and put it in our attack ads this fall,” Ms. Bozek said.

From the cheap seats out here in Bloglandia, it looks a lot more like the waste of money has been the millions the Koch brothers have spent in attack ads so far only to see Democratic candidates gaining in the polls. But, by all means, NRCC keep pouring your money into that effort.

This is good, too:

Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s chief strategist in the 2012 presidential campaign, said the fact that some of these ads did not mention the Affordable Care Act by name was an indication of the challenges Democrats still face.
And Mitt Romney's chief strategist is an expert in political strategy worth interviewing about this because. . . ?

The evidence actually shows that even in the Southern red states, the Republican repeal agenda is a loser. These Democrats, who have so surprised establishment media by actually running on an accomplishment, are smart enough to realize that.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:53 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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