The only problem is that Obamacare isn't failing. It may have gotten off to a bumpy start but as of Tuesday afternoon (November 19), at least 130,000 persons had signed up for insurance plans in 14 states under the new state health insurance exchanges. The federal exchanges have reported fewer new subscribers, but HHS seems to be working out the bugs at HealthCare.gov, so enrollment should rise considerably in the months ahead.
Of course, this doesn't stop the GOP from flogging Obamacare every chance it gets. It realizes it has one and only one issue to exploit. Even the historic Geneva agreement on Iran's nuclear program is being cynically presented as a "ploy" to deflect attention away form Obamacare. I suppose it is also deflects attention away from the Democratic Senate greatly reducing the Republican use of the filibuster with the so-called nuclear option.
Many conservatives see their loss of the filibuster on presidential appointments as the loss of checks and balances. This after blocking no less than 80 Obama appointees, including Elizabeth Warren, who ended up in the Senate thanks to their efforts and now sits in the Banking Committee.
So, what's left for the Republicans? It seems that all their best laid plans to reclaim Congress and in turn the White Hosue have been laid to waste. Never have the Republicans looked so impotent. Even with Obama's sagging approval ratings (currently standing at 42%), he polls much better than the abysmal Congress, at an historic low of 9 per cent. While it seems voters blame Republicans and Democrats alike, Republicans have been fairing the worst in House and Senate state polls.
At what point do the Republicans quit trying to blame what they perceive as a "failed state" on Obama and actually become involved in the political process? There really has been nothing like this in the recent past. You'd have to go back to antebellum America to find a more recalcitrant Congress. Even during the notorious Jim Crow era there were in roads made. Today, belligerence seems to be what Teabaggers respect. Any attempt to compromise is seen as weakness and the potential for Republicans to be "teabagged" in the primaries.
While the Democrats' future may ride on the success of the Affordable Care Act, an initiative which began in Congress, not the White House, the President continues to serve his role on multiple fronts, including engagement with perceived "terrorist states" to achieve a common good. One can only hope Americans come to recognize these efforts as being in their best interest.