A new CNN/ORC International poll indicates a dramatic turnaround in the battle for control of Congress in next year's midterm elections.The Democrats saw an 8 point lead evaporate into a 2 point deficit* in a month. Gosh, why might that be?
Democrats a month ago held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates.
That result came after congressional Republicans appeared to overplay their hand in the bitter fight over the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling.
But the Democratic lead has disappeared. A new CNN/ORC poll indicates the GOP now holds a 49%-47% edge.
The 10-point swing follows a political uproar over Obamacare, which included the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov and controversy over insurance policy cancelations due primarily to the new health law.And which of those is likely to get fixed in the next ten months?
Fortunately for the Democrats, there's the Greatest Orator Ever to come up with a plausible explanation why 90 Million voters are losing their employer-provided insurance plans 3 months before the elections:
My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.Yeah, I guess it's pretty serious. As Sarah Palin might say, you betcha. So what's the over/under on when absolute stinking panic breaks out in the Democratic ranks? My guess is six weeks, after most Democrats have their constituents rip them a new orifice over the holiday recess.
* Full disclosure: I haven't read the poll details. Lots of ways for someone to play games with sampling percentages and the wording of questions. Given CNN's track record of supporting every Republican no matter how evil and trashing every Democrat no matter how virtuous, no doubt the Democrats are comfortably in the lead. No need to panic, Donks. Go back to sleep. All is well.