The New York Times has an article out today titled G.O.P Firebrands Tone Down Their Message And Run Again featuring Bobby Schilling, among others.
Quoth The Schillster:
“…this time is going to be different, because the middle-class folks who are being affected by Obamacare are going to come out, lots of both Republicans and Democrats.”
Of course the Democrats beg to differ, saying the Tea Party-blamed 16 day government shut down will be the biggie in ’14.
Quoth incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-NARAL):
“My opponent has a voting record that is very much in line with Tea Party thinking.”
In one of the up is down moments, Bustos is actually the one who voted to defund the government, while Schilling routinely voted to fund everything—including Obamacare.
Is Obamacare v. Shutdown really going to be the center of next year’s election? If so, my guess is that Obamacare will win since the shutdown was only 16 days and Obamacare will likely be with us forever.
If nothing else, the NYTimes story gives us a picture of the DC conventional wisdom—and what a small picture it is.
As for the picture of the 17th CD race; so far, except for the above quote, Bustos has been acting like she has NO opponent, Schilling is doing the Obamacare bashing bit which the link says “would not be an asset” to someone like Schilling. Only Reyes is moving beyond the What Opponent?/Same Lame Blame Game by campaigning on the issues and offering solutions neither Bustos nor Schilling can be bothered to contemplate or articulate.