ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Will the 2014 mid-terms look like 2010? Results from Florida suggest yes
Here's what Adam Smith, the political editor of the Tampa Bay Tribune, has to say:
If I'm a Democratic House member in any competitive district in America or a Democratic incumbent senator up for re-election this year in a moderate-to-conservative state like North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Alaska or Louisiana, I'm waking up more than a little anxious about what happened in Pinellas County on Tuesday.
In Alex Sink, Democrats had a better-funded, well-known nominee who ran a strong campaign against a little-known, second- or third-tier Republican who ran an often wobbly race in a district Barack Obama won twice. Outside Republican groups — much more so than the under-funded Jolly campaign — hung the Affordable Care Act and President Obama on Sink.*
Sink and Jolly both tried to argue repeatedly that the race to succeed the late C.W. Bill Young had more to do with local politics than it did national. Nonsense.
More than $12 million spent on hundreds of TV ads and Lord knows how many direct mail fliers weren't talking about Pinellas recreation fees and bus routes. They were flooding Pinellas residents with mostly negative attacks about Obamacare and misleading charges about why Sink or Jolly should not be trusted on Medicare and/or Social Security.
Of course, if ObamaCare didn't suck, Sink the Democrat would have had a better shot.
Nobody seriously expected Democrats to win back a majority in the U.S. House in November, but Sink's loss in a winnable swing district makes Democrats' hold on the U.S. Senate majority look more tenuous than before the special election.
Obama at this point looks like a drag for Democrats in November, just as he consistently has been for Sink.
Four years ago, she narrowly lost a campaign for governor in a tough political climate against a little-known, first-time candidate who cast her as an Obama/Obamacare cheerleader.
One big difference between the two Sink races? This time she has little to apologize for. She ran a hyper-disciplined campaign with a far more robust get-out-the-vote effort than Republicans.
Two invisible political players stand out in this race: Obama and Gov. Rick Scott. Both sides wanted them as far away from Pinellas County as possible.
In their stead, Bill Clinton starred in robocalls for Sink, and Jeb Bush starred in TV ads and mailers for Jolly. Maybe that's yet another sign that Clinton and Bush remain the most formidable names in politics.
Ha ha. ObamaCare is a boat anchor. Obama himself is a boat anchor.
Free advice, Democrats! Stop sucking!
NOTE * The beauty part, of course, is that ObamaCare is RomneyCare, which is a Republican plan. It would be funny to watch the Republicans beating Democrats like a gong based on a rotten health insurance scam they themselves invented, if what that said about Democrats weren't so sad, and so many people weren't suffering.