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GOP sees down-ballot gold in Supreme Court decision
Politico ^ | 1 Jul 2012 | CHARLES MAHTESIAN

Posted on 07/01/2012 9:45:20 AM PDT by mandaladon

When President Obama said Thursday that he didn’t pursue health care reform “because it was good politics,” he wasn’t kidding.

Over the course of its short life span, the Affordable Care Act has left a trail of political wreckage behind it — and while an exultant White House breathed a sigh of relief in the wake of Thursday’s Supreme Court validation, Obama’s signature policy achievement still faces a host of questions ahead. First among them: Does the party really want to embrace a measure that proved so costly to Democratic candidates in 2010 and polls so poorly?

While the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the law provided the president with a major victory, the trickle-down political effect isn’t quite so obvious. Put another way, for down-ballot Democrats in red or purple states, the politics of health care still aren’t so good.

With Thursday’s defeat, Republicans were handed a powerful tool for motivating their base and a fresh ammo clip for use in House and Senate races across the map. It removed one arrow from the Democratic quiver — the prospect of an outraged and highly motivated base — and provided a new one to the GOP by defining the mandate as a tax.

Some version or another of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s floor remarks Thursday in response to the ruling is undoubtedly already being scripted, soon to appear in 30 and 60-second spots in competitive House and Senate races across the map.

“The Supreme Court has spoken,” McConnell said. “This law is a tax. The bill was sold to the American people on a deception.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; abortion; deathpanels; election2012; kenyanbornmuzzie; mitchmcconnell; mittromney; obamacare; scotus; zerocare
“I believe it will ignite a firestorm of protest and activity from people across the country who took comfort and security that the Supreme Court would protect them from the federal government,” he said. “It’s a one-two punch — taxes and Obamacare plus the economy.”.................Agree
1 posted on 07/01/2012 9:45:26 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

At least Senator Claire “LearJet” McCaskill is gone, gone, gone.


2 posted on 07/01/2012 9:49:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: mandaladon

Shades of Pearl Harbor, and Admiral Yamamoto.... “Awaken a sleeping GIANT !” Go TEA PARTY !


3 posted on 07/01/2012 9:50:06 AM PDT by Invictus (Get used to living in the USSA (ununited socialist states of america))
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To: mandaladon
GOP sees down-ballot gold in Supreme Court decision

Gold for big government, statist RINO and GOP-E candidates they intend to run over true conservatives.

4 posted on 07/01/2012 9:55:40 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: mandaladon

Yes it is. However, if they pull the rug from under us, it will be last time a republican will have any support from the base. I will vote GOP up and down the ballot, but they better follow through.


5 posted on 07/01/2012 9:55:57 AM PDT by ABQHispConservative
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Ma began her RV tour of MO in St. Joe on Friday. Gee, I can't wait to see/her her. Actually I can! Looking forward to her concession speech though. Most are that I know of. Even Dems say her constituent service reeked.

I'm in for Steelman, but would have no prob voting for Akin or Brunner.

6 posted on 07/01/2012 10:00:42 AM PDT by donozark (Col. C.Beckwith:I'd rather go down the river with 7 studs than with a hundred shitheads.)
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To: mandaladon

Even if the GOP does well this November, it all depends upon how much “total U.S. conservatism”, actually, exists, from Mitt Romney all the way down to the most local levels of politics. All “non-conservative Republicanism” has its own set of problems for all of U.S. conservatism, and then, add the entire Democratic Party to the mix=even worse. The total U.S., seriously, needs to move as far to the political right as it can, and then, it needs to keep moving to the political right, without stopping. The left continues to be way too dominant in all of U.S. politics, for way too many decades and counting.


7 posted on 07/01/2012 10:01:38 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: mandaladon

The GOP loves to profit from the enslavement of the American people almost as much as democrats. They didn’t vote for it last time, but they couldn’t stop it, and they usually give up in the face of a big fight. This time they need to be absolutely clear that if they won’t fight, it will be the end of the GOP, and we’ll form something else.


8 posted on 07/01/2012 10:01:45 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: donozark

Should read HEAR her


9 posted on 07/01/2012 10:03:27 AM PDT by donozark (Col. C.Beckwith:I'd rather go down the river with 7 studs than with a hundred shitheads.)
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To: donozark

I’m more for Brunner, but will take ABM.


10 posted on 07/01/2012 10:04:27 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: mandaladon

All I see downrange is lead and copper.


11 posted on 07/01/2012 10:06:15 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Is your state Obamacare free yet?)
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To: Navy Patriot

“..they intend to run over true conservatives

Quit whining and do something about it!

In Colorado and around the country, we have been successful in our Primaries, electing Conservatives, over the “party favorites”.

Donate to Ted Cruz in TX for starters.

You can’t change the Republican party from the outside!
You have to get INSIDE and participate!


12 posted on 07/01/2012 10:06:48 AM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: mandaladon

I agree with the premise this is a potential boon to the down-ticket races...but the GOP has to play it correctly to win, and I don’t have much confidence on that score. It’s not called “The Stupid Party” for nothing.

As McConnell said this morning (not exactly a trench-fighter), every single Democrat incumbent Senator voted for this. Hang that new tax albatross around their necks every chance you get.


13 posted on 07/01/2012 10:11:30 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: mandaladon; Invictus

What would be great is if there was a well-established online conservative news discussion and grassroots activism forum where people could get together to harness this conservative anger and channel it into support for those candidates up and down the ballot who have publicly committed to repealing Obamacare.


14 posted on 07/01/2012 10:13:59 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: mandaladon
Yesterday I donated to my congresscritter King (R-IA) a real immigration hawk. First time I've donated in about 15 yrs.

I'm fired up. Just wish it wasn't Mittens that was our candidate. :(

15 posted on 07/01/2012 10:18:45 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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To: donozark

I’m for Steelman too.


16 posted on 07/01/2012 10:24:11 AM PDT by MCF
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To: mandaladon

Not just down ballot. Now it can no longer be denied that Democrats are the “tax and spend” party. Recite that a few times, Pubbies.


17 posted on 07/01/2012 10:28:25 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: mandaladon

Case is alot like Dred Scott... The SCOTUS has controversially upheld a decision that they now claim the people must fix politically. That is fine with me, I think that this election cannot be clearer at the moment you either vote for government control of your life the coming financial ruin and ultimate dictatorship of this country by the Obama clowns or you vote Romney and hold him accountable to move America in the right direction for our children....

I find it truly amazing how much is at stake on NOV 6th 2012..... This really could be the end of America....


18 posted on 07/01/2012 10:35:19 AM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Obama reelection means the end of America.)
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To: mandaladon

We absolutely must take every possible seat in the House, in the US Senate, and in the state legislatures. This is now a battle for survival, and we can’t afford any conservatives staying home this November. Please get to the polls, get your conservative friends, relatives, and neighbors to the polls, and if possible volunteer as a poll watcher. He’s right. The down ballot races are critical for America to survive; this in not a year where we can ignore state and local elections.


19 posted on 07/01/2012 10:49:12 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A boy becomes a man when a man is needed - John Steinbeck)
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To: G Larry
Quit whining and do something about it!

Not whining, just stating fact. I'm already there, I contribute directly to ONLY individual conservative candidates wherever they are in the US, never a dime to RNC or state RC's.

I have gone as far as to change my county of residence to vote for a real conservative Republican candidate.

20 posted on 07/01/2012 10:51:18 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot

What does GOP-E mean? I missed out on the exlanation somewhere.

And Happy Fourth, Navy Patriot. My dad was a tin can sailor during WW2 and a veteran of Iwo Jima. Go Navy!


21 posted on 07/01/2012 11:25:16 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Navy Patriot

I prefer staying put and changing leaders.

It’s more work, but it’s worth it.


22 posted on 07/01/2012 11:26:53 AM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: squarebarb

GOP-E means GOP-Establishment.

This is a perfect storm for them. They went all out against Obamacare but lacked the numbers to be successful. Then, in one of the most inexplicable decisions in history, the Supreme Court upheld the law.

Now, they can campaign against it, knowing they’ll never have the numbers to overturn it. If they win the majority, they’ll be in position to reap the benefits of controlling healthcare and the economy. If they can’t gain the majority, they can continue to blame the Democrats.

Win-win.


23 posted on 07/01/2012 11:50:38 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: mandaladon

BULL!!! Have we already forgotten! It was only a few days ago that EVERY conservative in the nation just KNEW that obamacare was going down, the mandate was GONE and a few provisions MIGHT be left over but those would be easily dealt with. Intrade, pundits, prognosticators and even most liberals thought that obamacare was finished.

And we haven’t learned a damn thing. Here we are doing the same thing again. The conservative base is really pissed off and energized. We’re going to win, obama is on the run. THis is going to be a landslide blah, blah, blah.

If you look at my post a couple days before the decision was release i said that I had a gut feeling that something was going wrong, partly because EVERYONE was over confident. it reminded me of the old say that if EVERYONE agrees, something must be wrong, and indeed it was.

I’m not going there again. I don’t want conservative being complacent again. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE THIS ELECTION. If we do the only next logical step would secession. And I honestly believe that.

We have from now until November to work our asses off and that’s it, no mulligans. We cant afford to take time to look up. We’ll look up after the election to see the results.


24 posted on 07/01/2012 11:53:25 AM PDT by fightin kentuckian
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To: mandaladon
“The Supreme Court has spoken,” McConnell said. “This law is a tax. The bill was sold to the American people on a deception.”

Obama and Bidens BFD is now a BFT. I can't wait till Nov.

25 posted on 07/01/2012 12:05:16 PM PDT by lstanle
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To: mandaladon

RINO posturing aka hogwash.


26 posted on 07/01/2012 12:09:15 PM PDT by bgill
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To: rogue yam

Those sites are all too much interested in fund raising than they are in doing the right thing... that is pointing out the untruths and fallacies in the present administration. Obama started lying on the first day of his administration with EO 13489... actually, the lying started long before then, but America was too stupid to see through it, and too busy being politally correct. Don’t blame Bush...blame McCain.


27 posted on 07/01/2012 12:14:49 PM PDT by Invictus (Get used to living in the USSA (ununited socialist states of america))
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To: squarebarb
What does GOP-E mean?

It means the GOP Elite ruling class, inside the beltway (the DC society view of America), big government is good, opt for statist unlimited government power, oppose limited government and specified delineated government power types.

28 posted on 07/01/2012 12:28:43 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: lstanle

I’m with you and there will be a silver lining in this huge storm cloud. Obumble has spent all his time pandering to people with no $$$.
There is now a chance for everyone who will get screwed by this decision to rise up and make sure we overwhelmingly kick these liberal bastards out of office.
GO SUPER PACS!


29 posted on 07/01/2012 12:37:13 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: G Larry

Since we’re soliciting out-of-state money, Sean Bielat is running against a Kennedy runt in MA4 could use some help. He gave Bawney Fwank enough of a run for the money that Bawney bailed. I think he has a chance in the redistricted 4th.


30 posted on 07/01/2012 12:42:20 PM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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