From a happy to explain Reuters:
Republicans say Obamacare helped clinch Florida victory
By Barbara Liston | March 12, 2014
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – The Republican Party’s leadership was quick to claim their win in Tuesday’s special congressional election on Florida’s west coast as a landmark victory over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, according to political analysts.
But local Florida analysts say the narrow result was more likely a reflection of the district’s voter make-up, low turnout, and a Democratic challenger lacking in charisma, than public opposition to the president’s signature healthcare legislation, popularly known as Obamacare.
"In the end, it looked just like the divided country, and the (Republican) district that it is," said Susan MacManus, a political analyst and professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa…
Republican House Speaker John Boehner, on Wednesday declared the result a repudiation of Obamacare, and projected it as the gravy train the party could ride to November’s midterm elections…
Of course, Mr. Boehner never used the phrase "gravy train." But Reuters thought it would make him sound smarmy, so they threw it in.
But Daniel Smith, political analyst and professor at the University of Florida, said the party would do so at its own peril. "I don’t think people are up in arms in Pinellas County about Obamacare. If Republicans run with that, they’ll be sorely mistaken," Smith said…
Let’s hope the Democrats believe their own press. But unfortunately, it’s more likely that the Republicans will believe this.
Smith said the result was to be expected from a district with a decades-long history of voting for Republicans…
Even though Obama won the district in 2008 and 2012. A detail Reuters never once mentions.
Jolly avoided the subject of Obamacare in his victory speech on Tuesday evening, noting that his margin of victory was too slim to "take a mandate from this." …
For some odd reason this is the only quote we have ever seen the news media report from Jolly’s victory speech.
MacManus said Obamacare became more of a symbol than a policy preference. "Obamacare is a surrogate to how Washington is working and how the president is doing," she said…
Well, we’ll take that, too.
National parties and partisan groups poured more than $10 million into the race, which Smith said worked out to about $50 per vote, making the election an unreliable forecast of what to expect in November.
"If they’re going to be able to spend $50 a vote in the general (mid-term) election to flip other competitive or vulnerable Democratic seats, it would be mind-boggling to spend that kind of money … But who knows, the floodgates are open," Smith said.
This ‘analyst’ tries to make it sound like it was the Republicans who were pouring in money. Sink outspent Jolly by 3 to 1.
MacManus said the real lesson of Tuesday’s vote going into the midterm election in November is that Sink’s challenge failed to refocus the campaign away from Obamacare and onto Republican attempts to privatize in various ways Social Security and Medicare.
We see. The Democrats failed because they were unable to distract voters from the realty of Obama-Care with their fantasies about non-existent plans to privatize Social Security.
Smith said Democrats led in early and absentee voting, but failed to get their voters to the polls in large enough numbers on election day…
Isn’t it odd how Democrats always lead in early and absentee voting. When fraud is easier.
But Smith added that turn-out wasn’t Sink’s only problem.
"Frankly I think it boils down to a candidate who is not terribly effective connecting with voters, and that’s Alex Sink … Just doesn’t have a real gift for retail politics and that’s needed in these small elections," Smith said.
Hilarious. Democrats never lose because of their out of touch liberal agenda. The news media always find some other excuses.