Democrat congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who’s facing a daunting siege of her district seat in northern Arizona by an onslaught of eager republican challengers – says the failure of her constituents to roll out the Affordable Care Act effectively shows a “stunning ineptitude” – which is the highlight of a new campaign ad by House Majority PAC, a group that’s trying to help Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives.
The ad’s narrator even goes on to refer to the Healthcare.gov website as “disastrous.”
One of the biggest questions about the upcoming 2014 midterm elections is how democrat lawmakers facing serious challenges will handle the Obamacare debacle. If this ad is any indicator – and it should be – those candidates will be distancing themselves from U.S. President Barack Obama’s flagship legislation.
So are Democrats going to toss Obamacare under the bus in order to save their jobs? After all – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just this past November said democrats would run for office based on the merits of the legislation.
Pinned down on the issue in a one-on-one interview on November 17th – Pelosi OWNED Obamacare when she was asked if it was going to be bad for democrats in 2014 (this is the part they hate the most – ya know, where we actually recall what they said? – bold emphasis belongs to me):
DAVID GREGORY: Final point: Democrats won’t lose seats next year over Obamacare?
REP. NANCY PELOSI: I don’t think you can tell what will happen next year. But I will tell you this: Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act.
Just how tall remains to be seen.
In fact Obama himself acknowledged last November that the botched Affordable Care Act will cost his fellow democrat lawmakers votes:
“There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they’re running or not, because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin,” and added that he felt “deeply responsible for making it harder for them rather than easier for them.”
As for Kirkpatrick – it may take more than a few half-hearted jabs at Obamacare to save her job. She’s already lost a reelection campaign once before in the same district – in 2010. But after redistricting she ran again and won in 2012.
There’s currently 3 republican challengers lined up to take a shot at her title – and 2 of them are already state reps.
The seat is considered to be a “toss-up” by leading political forecasters.