Despite Obama's disappointing (often infuriating) administration, I remain enough of a party animal to be dismayed by this news
A mid-October Pew Research national poll found that a plurality regard the Republicans as "better able to deal with the economy" than the Democrats (44%-37%). Independents favored the GOP on the economy by a whopping 46%-30% margin in that survey.
The Republicans took most of the blame for the shutdown, yet a growing number see the GOP as "better able to manage the government." In December 2012, the Democratic Party held a 45%-36% advantage over the GOP as the party Americans viewed as better able to manage the government. By Oct. 15—in the midst of the shutdown and debt crisis—the Democratic lead on this measure disappeared: 42% said the Republican Party is better able to manage the federal government, compared with 39% who named the Democrats.
It is not too much of an oversimplification to say that Democrats are struggling because President Obama is struggling.
Indeed he has been.
Obamacare is, of course, the key factor. Even though I have long considered this program a foolish substitute for single-payer, I have not commented on its troubled rollout because...well, because my feelings are mixed. Yes, the temptation to say "Neener neener!" and "Told ya!" is there. But where's the fun in that? At this point, I want Obamacare to work, because it's better than many people think
, and because -- like it or not -- the alternative is not
the socialized health insurance system of every true liberal's dreams. The alternative is whatever the Republican plan is.
And their plan is no