Politics: Perhaps Democrats know something the rest of us don't about Barack Obama's political fortunes. What else explains the increasing numbers who are openly defying the president on two key election issues?
The notoriously thin-skinned Obama could not have been happy with the
news last week that, as the Hill newspaper put it, "an increasing
number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama's health care
North Carolina's Brad Miller, who voted for the law, now laments that
"we would all have been better off" if Congress had dealt with more
pressing issues "and then came back to health care."
Barney Frank complained that the Democrats "paid a terrible price for
health care." And Virginia's outgoing Sen. Jim Webb said the law would
be Obama's "biggest downside" in the election and had cost him "a lot of
credibility as a leader."
Meanwhile, stalwart Massachusetts liberal Elizabeth Warren is now
calling to repeal a piece of ObamaCare — the 2.3% tax on medical devices
— because, she says, it "disproportionately impacts the small companies
with the narrowest financial margins."
Warren, by the way, is running for the Senate seat occupied by
Republican Scott Brown, whose victory in 2010 was a result of the
public's intense opposition to ObamaCare.
Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis went furthest. "I think the
Affordable Care Act is the single least popular piece of major domestic
legislation in the last 70 years," he said. "It was not popular when it
passed; it's less popular now." Ouch. (Continues)