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Could an Obamacare Ruling Doom Obama’s Reelection Hopes?


Michael Scherer of Time pointed out on Chuck Todd’s “Daily Rundown” that if the Supreme Court declares Obamacare’s individual mandate unconstitutional, it creates an enormous opportunity for the GOP against Obama in the fall, exacerbating public doubts about President Obama’s judgment.

Obama passed a stimulus that did not keep unemployment below 8 percent, as projected, but instead unemployment remains above 8 percent in February 2012. The cornerstone of the plan was “shovel-ready projects” and they turned out to not be so shovel-ready after all. He expressed surprise to his cabinet that his policies to help homeowners haven’t had much of an impact.  The “recession turned out to be a lot deeper than any of us realized.” 

His energy policies have Americans paying more for gas than they’ve ever paid during this time of year. We’ve given millions in taxpayer money to companies to develop alternative technologies, and their products have proven costly and inefficient in a competitive market.

He reached out to Iran and was rebuffed; meanwhile, our relationship with Israel has never been more tense.

And the signature piece of legislation that he spent most of 2009 and 2010 on, that cost House Democrats their majority, might just turn out to be unconstitutional — and effectively immediately nullified with that ruling.

When does the president’s good judgment start?

Of course, if you’re Mitt Romney, the Supreme Court upholding the mandate as constitutional could be good news, as it would tell conservatives that the only way to stop Obamacare is to elect Romney. But Obama would undoubtedly claim some vindication that the nation’s highest court found nothing unconstitutional about the federal government requiring citizens to purchase health insurance.

Tags: Barack Obama , Obamacare , Supreme Court


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