Ups and downs

President Obama (Jason Reed/Reuters)

President Obama (Jason Reed/Reuters)

UP: Obamacare “debacle.”

DOWN: Obamacare “glitches.”

UP: Delaying Obamacare.

DOWN: Selling Obamacare.

UP: Democrats wanting to delay Obamacare.

DOWN: Delaying Obamacare is a non-starter.

UP: Letting Obamacare sink itself.

DOWN: Using the government shutdown to stop Obamacare.

UP: U.S. allies’ concern about U.S. resolve in the Middle East.

DOWN: Iran concern the United States will stand firm.

UP: Bipartisan agreement to avoid another shutdown.

DOWN: Expectations for a grand or middle-sized budget bargain.

UP: Attacks in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

DOWN: Enthusiasm about the Virginia gubernatorial race.

UP: Republican optimism about getting past the shutdown.

DOWN: Democratic unity.

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