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  •  I think the more important question (1+ / 0-)
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    In other words, today's political news might be great news for Mitt Romney, but it's not good news for Ted Cruz—or John Boehner.
    is whether it's good news for Sen. Mary Ladrieu, Sen. Kay Hagan, Sen. Begich, Sen. Pryor.  President Obama is not running again, so politically he's not at issue (although his low approval ratings hurt his standing in trying to get more of his domestic agenda through the House).  Speaker Boehner does not have to worry about re-election, and Sen. Cruz is not up for re-election.  

    I suspect the people most interested in the polling on the ACA are those four Senators.  

    •  Of course... (3+ / 0-)
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      satrap, Tonedevil, True North

      You also have Mitch McConnell, who has the joy of running in a state where the governor set up a state health insurance exchange and it's working really well.

      29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:48:53 AM PST

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    •  Obama's Approval Ratings (2+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil, soundchaser

      Have you not been paying attention?  President Obama's approval ratings could be 85% and he would not be able to get any of his domestic agenda through the House.  Hello?  John Boehner is afraid of the Tea Party and will not bring anything they disapprove of (i.e. the President's domestic agenda) to the floor.  Thanks to the Tea Party this president has been a lame duck since they were installed in 2011.  The Republican Party no longer wants to govern, it just wants to meddle.

      •  One big reason the Republicans caved (1+ / 0-)
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        during the government shut down was that their approval numbers tanked and the President's were steady or even up.  They saw that they were killing themselves politically and helping the Democrats politically.  That's where numbers matter.  

        The only reason some Republicans were considering immigration reform was political -- to get their numbers up among Hispanics, and to take some of that Hispanic approval from the President and Democrats.  

        If the President's numbers stay in the tank, then he's not as much of a political threat to Republicans -- and far less likely to be influential in the 2014 elections, except to help Republican candidates.  

        •  They won't be. (0+ / 0-)

          The President's numbers will come roaring back when people are getting signed up for an exchange at a good price.  That will happen.  By Nov 30th is expected to be handling 800,000 policies a day.  By Jan 1st it will be humming along so, by summer, the majority of Americans will be signed up and know someone who has benefitted from the ACA.  At that point the President's approval rating will also have benefitted.

          "When you think about the money spent/on defense by the government/& the weapons of destruction we've built/we're so sure that we need/then you think of the millions that money could feed/How long?" J Browne

          by rainmanjr on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 11:47:06 PM PST

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