By Dave Boyer, The Washington Times
President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president’s faulty health care law.
Several polls in the past week have shown congressional Republicans pulling even or slightly ahead of Democrats in generic balloting for the midterm elections, a swing of at least 10 percentage points in less than a month. Pollsters attribute the seismic shift to the series of glaring flaws in Obamacare, most of which came to the public’s attention after the program’s rollout Oct. 1.
Among the Democrats hurt by Obamacare woes are Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, polling at 41 percent against Republican opponents; Sen. Mark L. Pryor of Arkansas, polling at 33 percent, a drop of 18 points in a year; Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, now tied in a race that looked like his to win; and Sen. Kay R. Hagan of North Carolina, whose disapproval rating has soared in recent months.
While Mr. Obama’s credibility has suffered from his broken pledge on health care that “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” Republican pollster David Winston said the level of danger for Democratic candidates “depends on how much they were using that same line.”