Though President Obama secured an historic legal victory in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Obama Care decision, the ruling may be the tipping point that leads to a close Obama loss.
The decision will galvanize opposition against him among fierce opponents of Obama Care. The fundraising letters are no doubt already in the mail. The ruling means the only way to stop Obama Care is to defeat Obama and have a GOP takeover of the Senate.
When the Court officially declared the individual mandate a “tax,” it cleared the way for a 51-vote requirement in the Senate to rescind the tax. Tax laws are not subject to the 60-vote filibuster rule. This is an extremely important detail lost in much of the coverage. Republicans need to pick up just four seats to get to 51, which is very possible considering Democrats hold 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs this year. They have more to defend.
The legal victory does give Obama’s supporters reason to brag about his effectiveness. This was a difficult accomplishment. And Mitt’s “Romney Care” doesn’t make him the strongest Obama Care buster. But Obama Care is unpopular and there is no denying this is the one chance to stop it. Once people are handed health care, there is no way to take it back.
Maybe Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t do the President as much a favor as people think. What do you say?
The writer owns a communications business and has led four successful campaigns in his last four attempts. More on his political consulting.