So what are the Democrats planning to do in 2014, since they probably are not going to take the honorable path by resigning in disgrace? Senator Church Schumer recently gave us an idea of their strategy on Meet the Press.
“The president is working to fix it,” Schumer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory on Sunday. “The bottom line is, there are a lot of good things in Obamacare that people like, and the more people see that, the more positive it’s going to be.
“And I would just say one other thing, with all the focus on Obamacare, David. The number one issue in the 2014 election is not going to be Obamacare or the deficit. It is going to be who can get the middle class going again, who can expand middle class incomes, who can create jobs. That is far and away the issue that most Americans care about.”
If this is the new playbook then we have a great deal of hope for 2014 and 2016. I say this for the following reasons.
First, people are not stupid about the damage a large amount of government debt does to the American economy. They know it’s a drag and they know that politicians have no idea how to solve the problem. If Democrats are counting on Americans caring more about politicians giving them jobs or giving away free money than they care about the rising level of government debt every year, then I think the Democrats are going to be sorely disappointed. Everyone loves free money but they don’t want the constant dread of economic collapse.
Second, as Obamacare will continue to fail and require larger and larger financial fixes, people are going to associate the costs of the Affordable Care Act with why that have so little disposable income. Paying large deductibles and yet having to pay large premiums is not going to be overlooked. No matter what Dems say they can do to “expand middle class incomes,” the middle class will see that they have, in fact, shrunk their incomes.
Third, Obama’s record on job creations is eight years of failure. Even though recent numbers have been more positive, no one thinks Obama did that—because he didn’t.
For all these reasons, Republicans have a great opportunity in 2014. Let’s see if they blow it.