This shouldn’t be controversial. “[Taylor] Griffin is running on a primary challenge premised on the notion that sometimes it’s OK for Republicans to work with the government, and with fellow members of Congress, to get something done.
It’s debatable whether Democrats can keep both working-class voters and elite donors happy. “The dirty little secret of the modern environmental movement is that it has become a luxury good for the uber-rich. Its policies—from carbon taxes, to renewable energy standards, to crushing regulations on coal plants — would impose high costs on the people who can least afford to pay the green tab.”
Passing a conservative alternative to Obamacare in the House will be contentious, but necessary. “The awakening among voters to Obamacare’s unpleasant realities has created a historic opportunity for the law’s opponents. Citizens are experiencing firsthand the effects of the growth of the liberal welfare state, and most don’t like what they see. This puts them in a frame of mind to consider viable, practical alternatives. Conservatives must not miss this once-in-a-generation opportunity to present the public with a genuine alternative on health care—and thus also with a vision for reforming government more generally.”
Arguably, Mike Pence has hit all the right notes in Indiana. Chris Wallace says to Gov. Pence: “So far, you have cut taxes dramatically. You presided over Indiana as the first state to fall out of the common core national education standards. You pushed a big increase in private school vouchers and you signed a law to spend as much as $400 million on new highway projects. . . . Instead of expanding Medicaid as was allowed under ObamaCare, you got a waiver from the federal government to continue the healthy Indiana plan, which requires participants, these people who didn’t qualify for Medicaid in the past, but would now. So they’re over the poverty line to pay into the system before they start getting benefits.”
It is disputable whether it’s really about 2014, but most every senator is traveling outside his state these days. “[Republican Ted] Cruz has faced criticism in his home state for his travels to New Hampshire, site of the nation’s first presidential primary, and other early presidential primary voting states. . . . Cruz dismissed the report, saying it was ‘recycled’ from leftist bloggers, and he noted that his travels in the last week also included trips to three cities in Texas, as well as stops in Oklahoma, Utah and Nebraska. He also didn’t address any possible presidential aspirations, saying he is focused on 2014, not 2016.
President Obama is not doing much to solve what is vexing many middle-class Americans: “The problems of an anxiety-ridden middle class have grabbed the attention of politicians and scholars — and become the centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term agenda . . . . Wages for millions of American workers, particularly those without college degrees, have flat-lined. Census figures show the median household income in 2012 was no higher than it was 25 years ago. Men’s median wages were lower than in the early 1970s. Meanwhile, many of the expenses associated with a middle-class life have increased beyond inflation. This includes college tuition, whose skyrocketing cost has laid siege to a bedrock principle of the American Dream: that your children will do better than you did.”
If it had been a success, they’d be anxious to mix it up with Republicans. “To many Democrats, ObamaCare is a four-letter word. Most Democrats in competitive elections are seeking to avoid the topic, opting not to tout the controversial law on their campaign websites.”