In the case of the serial Obamacare changes, widespread hostility toward the president’s amendments by executive whim is defying party identification and reaching many who generally support Obamacare’s goals.
The Post’s editorial board explains just how indefensible is the president’s “increasingly cavalier approach to picking and choosing how to enforce this law.” They warn Obama supporters: “Imagine how Democrats would respond if a President Rand Paul, say, moved into the White House in 2017 and announced he was going to put off provisions of Obamacare he thought might be too onerous to administer. … The law is also explicit that the government should be enforcing penalties already; that’s the plainest interpretation of Congress’s intent. The administration shouldn’t dismiss that without exceptionally good reason. Fear of a midterm shellacking doesn’t qualify as good reason.” (And it might even contribute to that shellacking.)
There’s an opening here for the GOP big enough to sail a cruise ship through, but you get the feeling they’re taking the train.