Shocker: Democrats running away from health care vote 

In Politico, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. and chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, insists that a vote for Obamacare is going help. Democrats in November:

Democrats will surely reap political benefits from health care reform this November. They were sent to Washington in 2006 and 2008 to clean up the multitude of messes left by Republicans and to get things done.

Under the Republican Congress, nothing was done to address the health care crisis. Republicans watched as premiums skyrocketed, more and more people were denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and millions of hardworking Americans went without coverage because they couldn’t afford it.

Now, with Democrats in charge, we’ve succeeded in addressing all these issues and have moved the ball forward. We put our nose to the grindstone and produced results for the American people.

Righhhttt. The American people will also surely appreciate that affordable bridge they sold the American people as well. Elsewhere in Politico, they note Menendez's reasoning here isn't panning out in the real world:

They were the difference makers on health care reform: House Democrats who flipped from opposing the plan to supporting it, delivering a win on President Barack Obama’s signature domestic issue.

Now, they are also among the Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents, and none is building a reelection message around their famous vote.

That runs counter to the advice of Democratic pollster John Anzalone and House Democratic leaders, who argue incumbents should highlight popular provisions. “I’d go to camera and say this is why I took this vote — I took it for the people of this district because it’s wrong to be dropped for pre-existing conditions. You shouldn’t be dropped because you’re sick,” Anzalone said.

But Democratic consultant Bob Doyle sides with the shaky incumbents. “Health care is a big issue for the D.C. press corps and for the national press corps and for the cable networks. But I wouldn’t give it outsize weight — jobs and how people perceive their economic well-being is the 1,000-pound gorilla, both in our race and nationally.”

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