Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bob Ehrlich, Candidate For...U. S. Senate?

Team Ehrlich has posted a You Tube video in which Bob Ehrlich, looking and sounding every bit like a candidate for the United States Senate, criticizes at length the Obama healthcare law while also promising to "fix" it if elected.

Philosophically, I agree with every point he makes. But, I still have two questions: Why is the national healthcare law relevant to the gubernatorial race, and how can a governor singlehandedly "fix" a national law?

I suppose I know the answer to the first question. Voters are angry this year. One of the things they're angry about is President Obama and Congressional Democrats' obsession with passing a national healthcare plan many people did not want and few understood at the apparent expense of fixing the economy. Governor O'Malley has praised the healthcare law, which is why Team Ehrlich is trying to link him to it.

Polling done during the course of the year indicates that support for the Obamacare law is somewhat stronger in Maryland than it is nationally. A Rasmussen Poll conducted in September asked the following question, and yielded the following result:

"A proposal has been made to repeal the health care bill and stop it from going into effect. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a proposal to repeal the health care bill?"    

    40% Strongly favor
    10% Somewhat favor
      8% Somewhat oppose
    37% Strongly oppose
      6% Not sure

Note that the number of people who "strongly favor" and "strongly oppose" repealing the law are roughly the same. Given this parity in numbers, it seems that Obamacare isn't quite the political flashpoint here that it is elsewhere.

Still, elections are won by the campaign that gets its supporters to show up, and this is an attempt by Team Ehrlich to leverage voters' general discontent towards all incumbents to its own benefit. It's the latest maneuver in the campaign's "OK, that didn't work, so let's try this" strategy. We will soon see if it works for them.

1 comment:

  1. too little, too late. Ehrlich snubbed Murphy, Palin and the true tea partiers.