Thursday, August 12, 2010

You can only ignore the will of the people for so long and get away with it

Health care continues to wound Democrats
  Peter Brown at the WSJ reports:

At the time President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul in March, polls showed the legislation was unpopular with the American people. The White House told naysayers that public sentiment would become more favorable and turn out to be a political plus for Democrats this fall.

Democrats would "be able to campaign proudly" on the legislation, White House senior aide David Axelrod said at the time. These days, Democrats are doing it with some trepidation and, depending on their districts, at some risk.

Now, with less than three months before the November elections, the preponderance of the evidence is that the health care bill remains a political problem for Democratic candidates.

In the "zero-sum" world of politics, Republicans see the issue as a plus for GOP challengers of Democratic lawmakers who voted for the bill.

In March, when the legislation was approved, House Republican leader John Boehner pledged that the GOP would make the new law's unpopularity a major campaign issue in the November elections. "You can only ignore the will of the people for so long and get away with it," he said."


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