Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Democrats fritter advantages away

After the shutdown, Democrats danced with glee that they had won the House in 2014. Democrats do that, they take a small victory, and promptly decide the war is over. It would be as if a football team scored a touchdown and declared the game over and walked off the field. They would lose because the game is still going on. Well, they're trying hard to lose, and the Republicans can win if they smarten up a bit.

The poll numbers show that the Democrats are nearly as unpopular as the Republicans.

So what can the Republicans do? They can take the gun that the Democrats shot themselves in the foot with over Obamacare, and point it at their own heads and demand that Obamacare must be repealed. Stupid, but you should never bet against stupid.

What the Republicans can and should do is what I highlighted in this post. Start to focus on issues that the people think matter most. This will help the Republicans pick up seats in the Senate. This will help Republicans save their majority in the House, and it will resonate with the public.

When the talking heads ask about Obamacare, shrug and announce that it's the law, and there is no chance of repealing it this session of Congress, since it would have to pass the Senate and probably override the Presidential Veto. So the issue as much as it's needed is essentially dead. Then point out how many people could end up with employer based health coverage if your employment plan is passed.

Obamacare is going to die, there is little chance of it succeeding now. Because the outrage is only going to grow. When people get their new mandated coverage and can't go to the doctor because the covered doctors are not taking new patients, the outrage is going to be obvious. Smile and announce that President Obama has said that Obamacare is the law, and that he will never sign a repeal of it. So unless there is enough votes to override the veto, there is nothing that can be done.

Focus on the economy. Focus on the economy. Focus on jobs. Republicans can win in a year, but they have to get started now.


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