Dakota War College tells two lies this morning (what, cutting back, Pat?). First, he says he's D.C. Republicans' "exclusive" South Dakota outlet for their propaganda. He's not: the space-wasting anti-Obamacare infographic he says only he has is available to anyone the NRSC's website.
DWC's second lie to its attempt to pretend that the last three weeks of disastrous D.C. Republican political strategy didn't happen. I don't need Democratic HQ to make me an infographic to understand the reality Kristi Noem desperately needs to erase: according to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted last weekend, D.C. Republicans are losing popularity fast:
54% say it's a bad thing that the GOP controls the House, up 11 points from last December, soon after the 2012 elections when the Republicans kept control of the chamber. Only 38% say it's a good thing the GOP controls the House, a 13-point dive from the end of last year.
...only 30% of the public says Boehner, who became Speaker in January 2011, should continue in that role [Paul Steinhauser, "GOP, Boehner Take Shutdown Hit in New CNN Poll," CNN.com, 2013.10.21].
The kamikaze politics of Boehner, Noem, et al. have backfired so badly that D.C. Republicans are now less popular than their justification for their ongoing tantrum, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
...just more than four in 10 say they favor the law, with 56% opposed to it.
But of those opposed, 38% say they are against the law because they think it's too liberal and 12% say it's not liberal enough. That means that 53% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough [Steinhauser, 2013.10.21].
Read that carefully:
- 63% of Americans want to repeal Speaker John Boehner.
- 54% of Americans want to repeal the GOP House.
- 38% of Americans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
- 53% of Americans want to keep the ACA or make it stronger.
The NRSC pretends that vulnerable Democrats need to run away from the Affordable Care Act. Even if we ignore the policy pluses and look strictly at politics, Democrats, when the ACA is more popular than Republicans, you would be stupid to run away from it. Now is not the time to repeat 2010: now is the time for every Democrat to make the case for more Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and for fewer Republicans in Congress.