Midterms 2014: Strategy Déjà Vu for Democrats and Republicans

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In an interview with President Obama, MSNBC host Chris Matthews called government dysfunction “the number one concern, even more than the economy,” facing the country, and President Obama agreed. President Obama wants young voters to buck the trend of not voting in non-Presidential election years for 2014. His remarks came at the end of an interview at American University with MSNBC host, Chris Matthews.

“These midterm elections, in many ways, are more important, because that’s what’s going to determine who’s in charge of Congress. And you may agree with me or disagree with me, but don’t think that it all ends with me. It’s also important who’s the speaker of the House and who’s in charge of the Senate.” Republicans and Democrats are starting to coalesce around broad issues candidates can run on in the 2014 midterms. In what is shaping up to be a “greatest hits” of campaign strategy, Republicans will probably run against healthcare — which won them seats in 2010 — while Democrats turn to social issues — part of their 2012 strategy.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s blog points the finger at a do-nothing House of Representatives controlled by Republicans. Worse, the Republicans do not have an adequate strategy going forward on how to lead the country. Instead they push repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and face problems arising from their “war on women.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee is pushing an Affordable Care Act centered agenda. It questions the constitutionality of President Obama’s decisions to not enforce parts of the law, and what implications that will have, provides soundbites of Congressional Democrats, and draws attention to a report that alleges little interaction between President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

But Democrats will have to maintain a spirited offense on Obamacare, especially if the technical problems of the website are not resolved. The debut of healthcare.gov erased gains Democrats enjoyed over Republicans from the government shutdown.

In October, 75 percent of respondents to a CNN/ORC said that most Congressional Republicans did not deserve to be re-elected; 54 percent said the most Democrats did not deserve to return to Congress. Now, a CNN/ORC poll has Republicans enjoying a 2 percent lead among likely voters in Congressional races. When asked who they would support if the midterms were held today, 49 percent say the Republican, and 47 percent would vote for the Democrat.

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