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Sunday, September 22, 2013

 
Battle Lines Are Being Drawn

So, now the House has voted to defund Obamacare.

Karl Rove is concerned that the defunding bill lacks "a credible chance of [passage] or affecting broad public opinion positively." His argument regarding the latter claim:

But won't voters be swayed by the arguments for defunding? The GPS poll tested the key arguments put forward by advocates of defunding and Mr. Obama's response. Independents went with Mr. Obama's counterpunch 57% to 35%. Voters in Senate battleground states sided with him 59% to 33%. In lean-Republican congressional districts and in swing congressional districts, Mr. Obama won by 56% to 39% and 58% to 33%, respectively. On the other hand, independents support by 51% to 42% delaying ObamaCare's mandate that individuals buy coverage or pay a fine.

Glenn Reynolds has another theory: "I think the GOP can win even by losing, forcing vulnerable Democrats to vote in favor of ObamaCare, which is even less popular than it was when it was rammed through."

Blogger Jim Tymen says now that the deed has been done, the Republicans can't back down without looking like "Obama and his red line in Syria."

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