The conventional wisdom says that the botched Obamacare rollout and the program’s general unpopularity are dooming Democratic chances in November, but it’s wrong. Even with Obamacare’s problems compounded by multiple tweaks and delays (including the newest), Democrats would be in a similarly bad position, no matter what.
There’s a good overview of the two main parties’ strengths and weaknesses from Thomas Edsall in The New York Times, using the upcoming midterm elections as a way to talk about the long-term prospects of each party….
Edsall also pins the party’s current problems on Obamacare….
What Edsall glosses over, though, is that the congressional ballot data was artificially inflated by the complete train wreck of the government shutdown, which completely tanked Republican poll numbers. The Healthcare.gov mess certainly meant that the Democrats lost an opportunity to capitalize on a surprising lead — a lead that was always bound to decline to some extent.