Substantively, Democrats have virtually every issue on their side. Health care, immigration, civil rights, voting rights, Wall Street reform, science, the war on women, sane gun control -- any one of those could be a winning issue for any Democrat willing to stop treating them like taco farts in a crowded elevator.
Plus their opponents are objective awful and insane, which would actually be the issue in this election if we lived in the Better Universe where David Gregory was working a paper hat and trying to upsell you a hot apple pie with your lunch order instead of being allowed to set the terms of our national debates.
So, by any objective standard, Dems who actually want to win should be wading into the GOP, wielding Obamacare (and twenty other issues) like Samson leveling Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
In other words:Democrats Are In For a World of Hurt If They Keep Running From Obamacare—By Kevin Drum| Tue Mar. 18, 2014 7:59 AM GMTLast month, when the latest Obamacare horror story turned out to be largely invented out of whole cloth, I speculated about what this means. "I'm a diehard defender of Obamacare," I said, "and even I concede that there ought to be at least hundreds of thousands of people who are truly worse off than they were with their old plans. But if that's the case, why is it that every single hard luck story like this falls apart under the barest scrutiny?" Maybe it means that Obamacare isn't actually hurting very many people at all.But this question can be turned around. There ought to be lots of people who have been helped by Obamacare too. So why haven't the airwaves been blanketed with their stories? Dave Weigel says the answer here is simpler: yes, there are plenty of feel-good Obamacare stories. But Democratic campaigns have neither the money nor, apparently, the desire to use them...
Thing is, people are not going to alley-fight for you if they think you're going to cheer from the rear and bail on them at the first stiff breeze. They are not going to go to the wall for you if you keep making it perfectly clear that you have no idea what to do with the arsenal that history and circumstance and hordes of hardworking, anonymous activists have handed you.
This what happens when we permit our politics to be dosed to the eyeballs with Both Siderism in every mainstream media outlet every day. Eventually, cats freaking out and away from mice starts to look normal because Benghaaaazi!