How quickly did the tides turn for the Democrats, caught in the middle of a maelstrom over the disastrous Obamacare rollout and subsequent problems. This could have an impact on the 2014 midterm elections. It has emboldened wannabe presidential candidates such as Rep. Paul Ryan to test the waters for a 2016 run.
New York Times: “For Democrats across the country, the reversal of political fortunes over the past month has been head-spinning. In mid-October, as Republicans were contending with voter fury over a 16-day government shutdown, Democrats had the momentum. In polls, a growing number of voters said they wanted the party to control Congress after next year’s election. Emboldened, a wave of strong recruits entered House contests. Democrats’ control of the Senate seemed secure. Money was flowing.”
“Then the problems with the Internet-based health exchanges came into focus, followed by millions of letters from insurance companies canceling individual policies that did not meet the health law’s minimum coverage requirements. Republicans found their voice. Democrats lost theirs. The polling gap closed, and Republican wallets opened. The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $3.8 million in October, its best monthly showing of the year.”
Washington Post: “In some minds, the health-care law’s flubs have merged with the government shutdown to render an unfavorable verdict on all of Washington.”