Former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell writes in a long piece at Breitbart.com that the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold (most of) Obamacare, but only on the grounds that its lynchpin provision is a tax, “has changed the nature of the 2012 elections.” Caddell argues that Obamacare was “the decisive issue” in the 2010 elections and, with President Obama on the ballot this time around, “is an even bigger issue” in 2012.
“The Supreme Court’s Obamacare-affirming decision — which can be summed up as ‘Read John Roberts’ lips, it’s a tax’ — has put a political cudgel in the hands of Republicans. The cudgel, of course, is taxes. But a huge nail is also embedded in the cudgel: the fundamental deceit of Obamacare….
“…Some Republicans are worried that the fight over Obamacare distracts from the issue of the economy. What these Republicans fail to realize is that healthcare and the economy are inextricably linked; Americans now realize that Obamacare was a detour on the road to economic recovery, so to remind them of one is to remind them of the other. And the two issues, compounded, are all the more powerful….
“...[I]f troubling questions about Barack Obama’s incompetence turn into serious concerns about his character, the President will lose.
“...Does anybody think that Obamacare would have been enacted in 2010 if it had been honestly billed as the largest tax increase in American history?...Indeed, does anybody believe that Barack Obama would have been elected president back in 2008 if he had campaigned honestly on a tax-increase-to-pay-for-healthcare platform?
“...[T]he ‘T’ word is really two words: ‘taxes’ and ‘trust.’ These are the twin Achilles Heels of Obamacare.”
“Some will argue, ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’ Well, if the only issue in 2012 is the economy, then Obama still has a chance to win, because most Americans still blame George W. Bush more than Obama for the current hard times.”
Caddell saves some of his strongest language for a Democratic party he clearly thinks has gone astray:
“Beltway Democrats have forsaken their legacy as defenders of the common man — the folks who once looked to Jefferson, Jackson, FDR and JFK to defend them against the predatory powerful. Now, sadly, that elite that controls my Democratic Party are the predatory powerful….”
Read the whole thing here.