The Power of Denial: Jay Carney Claims Obamacare Had No Effect on Florida Election

The Obama Administration and, indeed, the entire Democrat Party ought to be justifiably nervous right about now. With Republican David Jolly’s victory over Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday, it seems clear that the Democrat strategy of running on Obamacare is bound to fail in the 2014 midterm elections.

Still, on Wednesday, the Obama Administration shrugged off the notion that Obamacare had an impact on the Florida race that has widely been seen as a referendum on the failed law.

After years of ramming Obamacare down the throats of millions of Americans while claiming, “You’ll thank us for this,” support for the failed healthcare overhaul has dwindled to a trickle and Tuesday night’s victory of Jolly over Sink is illustrative of what is to come.

On Wednesday, as reporters questioned if Obamacare had an effect on the Florida Congressional race, White House spokesman Jay Carney claimed that it had a neutral effect, saying, “It was not a negative or a positive.”

Reuters reported:

The White House on Wednesday rejected Republican arguments that a Democratic congressional candidate lost a special election in Florida due to public displeasure with President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Republicans have tried to connect the loss of Democrat Alex Sink to Republican David Jolly on Tuesday as a sign that Americans are eager to register their opposition to Obamacare in November congressional elections.

Obama’s Affordable Care Act had a rocky rollout in October and problems continue to plague the new system with many Americans complaining their private insurance plans were canceled….

Carney said Obamacare appeared to have a neutral impact on the race, saying, “It was not a negative or a positive.”

And he said Democrats took away some comfort because Republicans had overwhelmingly won the same seat in the House of Representatives for decades but that Jolly barely eked out his win.

“This was a safe Republican seat for them,” he said. “Republicans held the seat for 58 years. Last night they won by 2 points. So it is what it is.”

Of course, while Republicans have survived in the seat for years, the district is far from being “safe.” The 13th District is heavily urban and is largely moderate. Carney’s sour grapes aside, Democrats had a chance to secure the seat, outspent Republicans by $1.5 million and still came up short.

Democrats ought to be worried.


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