Another House Majority PAC ad notes ObamaCare failure to defend Dem incumbent

posted at 8:41 am on February 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Senator Claire McCaskill might want to change the subject of the midterms from ObamaCare, but the main Democratic PAC for House elections knows that their side can’t avoid it. Instead, they’re running ads in yet another tough district to claim that the Democratic incumbent is just as angry about the incompetence and failure as constituents are — without bothering to mention that the incumbent voted for it and continues to defend it. Meet Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) … ObamaCare-outraged Joe Garcia, that is:

This is the second such ad for the House Majority PAC, which declares its mission to be “holding Republicans accountable and helping Democrats win seats in the House.” Their first offered the same message on behalf of Ann Kirkpatrick of AZ-01, a district with a Cook rating of R+3. Garcia’s district, FL-26, has a Cook rating of R+4. That explains why the House Majority PAC wants to portray ObamaCare’s enablers as defenders against its onslaught.

Marc Caputo wonders why Democrats expect the impression of ObamaCare to improve while conducting this kind of PR campaign:

With friends like the Democratic House Majority PAC, does Obamacare need enemies?

The PAC is up with an ad defending Miami Rep. Joe Garcia, but it’s not attacking rivals like Republican Carlos Curbelo. Instead, it’s insulating him against claims he’s an Obamacare apologist is an object lesson in how Democrats look like they’re running scared from the Affordable Care Act. …

If the act’s defenders wonder why the public has a low opinion of the law, they might want to call House Majority PAC.

National Journal’s Beth Reinhard also notes the lack of defense of the party’s signature legislative “achievement” (scare quotes mine, not Reinhard’s):

So does the Democratic super PAC paying for the response, House Majority PAC, come back with a resounding defense of President Obama’s health care law, pointing to the 158,000 Floridians who have gained insurance?

Nope.

Reinhard thinks that House Majority PAC is trying to align itself with the majority of voters who want ObamaCare fixed rather than repealed. But that means having to declare it broken — which is the point Republicans will be making as their central argument, and asking to hold those who imposed this broken system on Americans accountable. The checkmate argument will be this: “How can you trust the people who foisted this incompetent, unworkable system onto Americans with fixing it when they couldn’t even figure out how broken it was for more than three years?”

Good luck crafting an ad to deal with that.

Update: This may have been a weak attempt to respond to the Libre Initiative ad that went up last month:


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Bishop!

Ricard on February 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

…not bad for a newbie…

Ricard on February 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

A whole 158k Floridonites now have coverage, yay. How many are Medicare.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

While you’re down at National Harbor, be sure to stop by at DDC Advocacy… it’s right there. They probably wrote this ad.

All of this crap is coming out of PR firms down in D.C. None of this is real. It’d be better if we just shut down political ads and lobbying and donations for one election, just to see what happened.

I doubt it could be much worse, but at least it’d be quiet for a year.

Washington Fancy on February 12, 2014 at 8:49 AM

“We have a turd out there and I am asking you support me as I try to find some super-duper polish for this pooper”….

Sincerely,
Joe Garcia

hillsoftx on February 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Own it

cmsinaz on February 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

You can’t fix the unfixable.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

“How can you trust the people who foisted this incompetent, unworkable system onto Americans with fixing it when they couldn’t even figure out how broken it was for more than three years?”

They don’t trust them, but they’re pretty sure they’re going to go on handing out goodies to their supporters, while on the other hand those Mean Republicans are saying that you have to go work. They’re like the cranky old dad who keeps saying “Get a Job!!!” when all his teen kid wants to do is lay around all summer and play video games.

Democrats are counting on 51% of the electorate being slackers who want to lay around and play video games all day. They may be right.

Tom Servo on February 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

So does the Democratic super PAC paying for the response, House Majority PAC, come back with a resounding defense of President Obama’s health care law, pointing to the 158,000 Floridians who have gained insurance?

Nope.

Big deal – 300,000 plans in Florida were cancelled because of the ACA.

You still want to make that comparison?

Hill60 on February 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Holy cow, Debbie Wash-It-Down-With-Schlitz was right!

They really ARE running on ObamaCare!

Maddie on February 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

If I were a lefty, I’d own it. Any problems? My good buddy Barack will fix that with an EO.

But then, I’m not a fascist.

Fenris on February 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

its almost as if the house majority pac (wouldn’t that be gop right now??) is a feint and is pointing out which dems tossed their support behind obamacare.

dmacleo on February 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Republicans do the same thing. Exhibit A: John Cornyn

He has been running non stop radio ads touting how conservative he is and how anti-Obama he is, and how Obama is ruining this country and how he is standing up to him

Only problem is that Cornyn really hasn’t done anything to stop Obama. His ads don’t contain any of his achievements(because he has none) but instead just talks about how bad Obama is.

That’s because Cornyn works behind the scenes to advance non conservative policies and attack conservatives, but when it comes time to vote he always votes the right way. But we Texans aren’t that dumb.

tcufrog on February 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

All the Dems have left for this upcoming election, at least the ones representing areas with a substantial voting block that uses more than ‘who’s my government sugar daddy’ to decide whom to vote for, is double-speak, denial, and obfuscation. Sadly, it will work for many (hopefully not for all!). Too few informed voters.

Typical Dem: “That hugely consequential and intrusive bill (ACA) we passed on a purely partisan basis, whose implementation we have screwed up beyond belief, and whose text we continually rewrite, through the executive branch, without constitutional authority to do so? Yeah, it’s the Republicans fault it isn’t working out so well.”

xNavigator on February 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

which declares its mission to be “holding Republicans accountable

For sabotaging ObamaCare by letting Fascist-Democrats pass it all on their own?

rbj on February 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Ricard on February 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Hey rook,it’s only for late at night QOTD.

docflash on February 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Instead, they’re running ads in yet another tough district to claim that the Democratic incumbent is just as angry about the incompetence and failure as constituents are — without bothering to mention that the incumbent voted for it and continues to defend it.

So essentially Garcia was for Obamacare before he was against it? Even though he’s still for it? Yeah that’s LIV messaging- This election stuff is confusing; guess I’ll just vote for the incumbent…..oh look, time for Honey Boo Boo!

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Holy cow, Debbie Wash-It-Down-With-Schlitz was right!

They really ARE running on ObamaCare!

Maddie on February 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

The half-wit is half right. Garcia is running on Obamacare at the same time he’s running against it.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Bishop!

Ricard on February 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

…not bad for a newbie…

Ricard on February 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

A whole 158k Floridonites now have coverage, yay. How many are Medicare.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

^
…it was nice knowing you…Richard

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Ricard on February 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Hey rook,it’s only for late at night QOTD.

docflash on February 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM

…what is this, Obama and the ACA…?

Ricard on February 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

A whole 158k Floridonites now have coverage, yay. How many are Medicare.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Hey, HEY! That’s Floridiots, thank you very much. We did vote Barky back in for 2012! *pukes*

Vero Beach Florida on February 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

A whole 158k Floridonites now have coverage, yay. How many are Medicare.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Here’s some “happy” news regarding sign up rates:

ObamaCare Enrollment Slows To Crawl, State Data Show

Oh yeah, and then there’s this:

Are State Exchanges Going Bankrupt?

The hits just keep on coming!

climbnjump on February 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

If I was a Dummycrat, I can’t see any way that ads of this type would help. It would only serve as a constant reminder of the damage that I inflicted by my gross ignorance of the law I supported. I would be running as far away from this as possible. But then, again he’s realized that he’s got no chance at this point in an R+4 District

HughJass on February 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty one hundred twenty-one one hundred twenty-two one hundred twenty-three one hundred twenty-four one hundred twenty-five one hundred twenty-six one hundred twenty-seven one hundred twenty-eight one hundred twenty-nine one hundred thirty one hundred thirty-one one hundred thirty-two one hundred thirty-three one hundred thirty-four one hundred thirty-five
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

So the argument amounts to: if you don’t vote for our guy, the websites will never work?

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

“Robot House!”, Double secret probation and a kangaroo court for you democrats come November.

jake49 on February 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM