Will passage of ObamaCare help or hurt the Democrats? The Democrats believe that it will actually enhance their 2010 chances, but most polls show otherwise. Jennifer Rubin makes this observation:
"The Democrats are convinced that ObamaCare will be their ticket to political survival, the only way of avoiding a 2010 wipeout. So far, it doesn’t look that way. From Rasmussen: “Republican candidates now have an eight-point lead over Democrats, their biggest lead of the year, in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot."
And the president? The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. … Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) now disapprove."
2010 will prove to be an interesting year - one that will confirm that one side of this debate clearly has been engaging in wishful thinking. I know where I would place my bet.