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Obamacare and November

Tuesday, August 31, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Democrats are eager to blame all their woes on the economy, which in turn allows them –in their own minds– to blame Bush.

RealClearPolitics’ Jay Cost returns their (and our) attention to Obamacare.

Read the whole thing. Candidates must keep the focus on slashing the spending, stopping the tax hikes and repealing and replacing Obamacare.

All of those elements contribute to the astonishing 10 point gap favoring the GOP on the Gallup generic ballot. Nate Silver is worried that “even if this particular Gallup survey was an outlier, it’s not unlikely that we’ll begin to see some 8-, 9-, 10-point leads for Republicans in this poll somewhat routinely once Gallup switches over to a likely voter model at some point after Labor Day – unless Democrats do something to get the momentum back.”

The only thing the Democrats could do to change the fundamentals is to extend the Bush tax cuts –all of them– for at least two years. The GOP will refuse anything except full extension –and rightly so if the economy is to become untracked–but would have to accept a bill holding the tax status quo until 1/1/13.

That is it. The one thing that would make a difference, and save a score or more of Democratic seats, and perhaps the majority?

And there isn’t a chance the Dems will do it.


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