President Obama finally got a Republican vote for his health care bill: Chief Justice Roberts’.
Of course, Republicans are trying now to turn it into a “tax,” with Roberts’ help.
But it’s a huge win for Obama. And what’s the best thing about winning? Not losing.
If he had lost in the court, Fox News would have proclaimed a failed Presidency, another Jimmy Carter. And Obama certainly would have looked weak.
No matter that he can’t control the Supreme Court. If you lose, you lose. And Americans like a President who looks strong.
Suddenly, Obama looks much stronger than he did a day ago. Democrats are energized. They’ve got new fight in them.
Now Obama can challenge Romney on health care: The Court, including a Republican chief justice, says the insurance mandate is constitutional. And when you were governor of Massachusetts, you said it was the right idea.
Presidential elections often turn on X Factors – unpredictable events that suddenly change the political world. This is one of those events. It doesn’t mean Obama wins in November, not at all. But his chances look better.