The situation facing Democrats is more ominous. The March 2 ABC News/Washington Post survey reported a mere 28% rated the economy “excellent” or “good” while 28% called it “poor.” Unless the Obama economy dramatically improves, it will be politically toxic for Democrats.
Democrats no longer have health care as a strength. The dreadful rollout of ObamaCare left the president with a 36% approval rating and a 59% disapproval rating for his handling of health care in a March 6 Fox News poll.
Congressional Democrats will continue to be vulnerable on ObamaCare. They are floundering, uncertain whether to (a) embrace the law with enthusiasm, as counseled by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ; or (b) advocate a “mend it, don’t end it” approach, as pushed by the White House and practiced by their candidate in the recent Florida special congressional election and by every red state Democratic incumbent senator.
These appear to be a pick-your-poison choice. Neither approach really mitigates the damage caused by ObamaCare. The only thing that could rescue Democrats is for Republican candidates to appear as advocates for the pre-ObamaCare status quo. Hopefully, there’s not much of a chance of that.