Let us go now to Georgia, where Michelle Nunn is running in one of only two states where Democrats have a hope of picking off a GOP-held seat. TPM’s Dylan Scott has the story:
For now, a nasty Republican Senate primary has largely captured the media’s attention thus far and Nunn has stayed somewhat low-key on the subject — the Affordable Care Act is almost entirely absent from her campaign page. It’s never going to be a top priority for her, but, eventually, Republicans will attack her over the law and she’ll have to respond. That’s when her balancing act will be tested.
“I am running as someone who wants to fix the things that are broken in the health care system and build upon the things that are good,” Nunn said during an interview last month. That’s not going to change after the law hit 8 million sign-ups, her campaign indicated to TPM.
If the law is working, then why is even a strong Democrat running on fixing it (and then, even not really by name) rather than “forcefully defending” it?
CNN’s Halimah Abdullah doesn’t dance around the issue even a little, asking “Why are some Democrats running from ObamaCare?” Here’s that story:
A Democratic strategist and pollster thinks some Democrats will follow that advice.
“I think it’s easier to talk about issues like equal pay or an increase in the minimum wage,” said Margie Omero, president of Momentum Analysis LLC, a public opinion research firm in Washington, and a Huffington Post contributor. “Obamacare has always been less popular. … I think we’re going to see some of these impressions change. But for some members, they look at one poll number and they think maybe I should speak about something else.”
I won’t even bother dissecting the consonant dissonance in Abdullah’s piece, which leads with the Party line that ♡bamaCare!!! is working working working. Politicians have an instinctive feel for what people like — or at least solid pollsters — or they wouldn’t be politicians.
On Friday I put up a short piece wondering about the electoral politics of ♡bamaCare!!!, and that we might not know until November. But stories like the two above are starting to bring things into relief.