The Teaparty was right to be afraid. Now they should be very afraid. Obamare is no longer “unpopular” and by some polls is indeed supported by a majority of Americans. Case in point:
Democracy Now — Just 38 percent now clearly oppose the Affordable Care Act. While likely voters divide evenly on the plan, 8 percent oppose the law because it does not go far enough. As a result, just 38 percent oppose the law because it is big government. By significant margins, voters want lawmakers to implement and fix the law, rather than repeal it.
By a 20-point margin, 58 percent to 38 percent, voters say lawmakers should implement and fix the law rather than repeal it. Additionally, intensity favors implementation—38 percent strongly favor implementing the law while 28 percent strongly favor repeal. Strong opposition to the law has dropped a net 10 points since 2010 —now at 34 percent. This is a totally different context than 2010, when Democrats paid the price for the ACA and Republicans took control of the House.
I’m way too jaded to buy into the ‘wisdom of the American people” or any of that delicious sounding, pandering nonsense. But when someone’s direct interests are on the line, and relief is only found in one place, it can sharpen even the dullest mind.
From a purely political perspective, the past few weeks have been almost surreal. Not only did Cruz drive a big wedge in the GOP, he bilked millions of Teaparty dollars to continue splitting the party while diverting critical media attention from legit IT fucks-ups in Obamacare.