The tea leaves can be read in many, many ways but Republicans are hoping that David Jolly’s victory in a Florida special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young is a signal of an impending GOP wave in November.

Report from Fox News:

Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House race largely seen as a critical test for ObamaCare.

With nearly 100 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink’s 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent.

The race to replace the late Rep. Bill Young was considered a tossup, and was cast as a political bellwether, and a testing ground for each party’s messaging strategy — which revolves in part around the Affordable Care Act.

Jolly’s election night headquarters in Clearwater Beach erupted into loud cheers as it became clear he was the winner. In his victory speech, Jolly simultaneously struck a conciliatory tone and expressed gratitude for his mentor, Young, and Young’s family. Jolly was introduced by former “Price is Right” game show host Bob Barker, via video. Young’s two adult sons were also onstage with Jolly, and he embraced them at the end of his speech.

The race for Florida’s 13th congressional district was seen as a toss-up since polls indicating only a few point spread on any given day. Democrats will take the close result as a sign they may not fare too badly in November while Republicans will point to it as a sign that the Senate is easily within reach.

It’s worth noting that Jolly will be forced to defend the seat in November as well since the special election only fills out the remainder of the term through 2014.

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      • Nate: That’s not what I’ve seen. While it’s true that Sink’s “campaign” spent a million more than Jolly’s “campaign,” outside spending dwarfed both of them. Including a million from American Crossroads.

        The total amount spent was probably over 13 million–and when you spend that much, the voters are so numb and sick of the campaign, that most of the money was wasted, or even counterproductive.

    • Elmer Fudd — you mean:

      “Sad when elections CAN’T be bought.” by the Democrooks…LOL!

      (meant to respond here)

  1. Nah. “A Republican holds onto a Republican seat–narrowly.” Ho-hum.

    If he had won by a landslide, that might have meant something. Or if the Democrat had taken the Republican seat, even narrowly, that would have meant something.

    This election is really a defeat for the GOP establishment. They campaigned against Jolly, because they want to say that if you nominate a conservative, you’ll lose.

      • Nate: I don’t see it. That was KATHERINE HARRIS’ seat–in Republican hands, constantly, since 1983. That’s just barely under a third of a century.

        I repeat that the real story is that Jolly won, despite the fact that the GOP establishment fielded and funded a candidate and worked against him in the primary, and fought with him during the campaign.

        http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/david-jolly-alex-sink-florida-special-election-2014-104397.html

        The talking point this year is that “the GOP can’t nominate a conservative, cuz he or she can’t possibly win.”

        Sure the GOP establishment is going to “celebrate” now, but I’ll bet they really wish Jolly had lost, so they could have put in a “team player” in November.

    • Goethe Behr — WOW, what an idiotic, and then a well reasoned post!

      That’s the gist of G. Behr’s posts— nonsense most of the time, with an occasional spot on post.

      If you kid, G. Behr, would only spend some years studying Logic, you’d be able to post with the best of us here.
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      Goethe’s idiocy — “If he had won by a landslide, that might have meant something.”

      What an idiotic take on this tremendous win — being outspend by Dems advertisement by $1,000,000 and also having the Libertarian Candidate take away 4.8 points — it amounts to a Land Slide Victory!
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      Goethe’s spot on — “This election is really a defeat for the GOP establishment. They campaigned against Jolly…”

      Spot on — the GOP Establishment is as much anti-American as the criminals that call themselves Democrats!

      • Oblivious: Too bad I can’t think of a time you have been “spot on.”

        But the fact that the Dem just barely lost with the debacle of the Obamacare rollout–in a Republican district since 1983–is surprising.

        It’s even more surprising because it’s TAX TIME, and the focus of news reports now is on the tax penalty people will pay if they don’t get insured. People thought it was just $95, but right now, they’re hearing that it’s the GREATER of $95 or 1% of their income.

        http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Tax-VOX/2014/0312/Opting-out-of-Obamacare-How-to-calculate-your-tax-penalty.

        • Goethe Behr — on your post:

          “Too bad I can’t think of a time you have been “spot on.””

          Of course you cannot — since you lack the ability to reason.

          • Oblivious:

            That’s actually not a bad come-back. I’m surprised.

            It’s the most intelligent thing you’ve written about anything this year.

            • G. Bore — just because I gave you kudos on a half of a spot on post….don’t let it go to your head — even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while….

  2. Goethe is right – GOP better get their fecal matter consolidated and all lean closer to Tea Party / Libertarian. They also better have several “we’re gonna do this to improve and stabilize our country – and that’s to make sure there are no more ClusterFk’s like Obamacare, bad missions like Benghazi, and to ensure the 1st, 2nd, & 4th Amendments are not longer infringed”.

    • samreusser — spot on!

      This win gives notice to the myopic self-serving GOP Establishment Despots — Back up Real Americans, or go down BECOMING The Party that hands over the Nomination to another Democrook that will End Our Free Republic in the blink of an eye!

      The GOP Elite and the RNC Leaders MUST BE replaced by 2014 by The Tea Party, so we can WIN OUR NATION BACK come 2016!

      The tide is finally on our side — let’s make sure we push it NON-STOP!

  3. Rand Paul — the only name the GOP needs to stand by come 2016 (or the RNC are American traitors)!

    Only Rand Paul — the son of Ron Paul — can save our Free Republic these days!

    Rand Paul is the only one able to make statements that sound good to all Americans (what an accomplished politician — unlike his father, who forfeited his chances BY TELLING THE TRUTH ALL THE TIME)!

    Voters do not need to hear The Truth — SINCE IT IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE — but Lies that sound good! That’s what Obama did, and got him elected. Obama lied to get elected, IN ORDER TO DESTROY OUR FREE NATION!

    Fight fire with fire — may Rand Paul be smart enough to employ the same tactic, TO SAVE OUR NATION!
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    Rand Paul would say what’s needed to get elected, and once President of USA would do what’s a MUST to save our nation!

    1) Rand Paul says we must cut Foreign Aid (ans give it at HOME instead), but should stand fast with Israel (expect Rand Paul to stop all Foreign Aid, in order to stop the MAJOR ONE that is Israel’s — like his father Ron Paul stating that Israel are Big Boys and can take care of themselves…)!

    Look how clever Rand Paul is by stating he is FIRMLY BEHIND ISRAEL, since no-one could ever get elected to office unless approved by AIPAC ( http://www.aipac.org/ ) the American Jewish Lobby that has more power in politics and economy than all world leaders!

    Rand Paul will play up to them to get elected — and then, hopefully will save Americas by shutting AIPAC down (and putting it’s top members in jail)!

    2) As President Rand Paul will not only edit the Federal Reserve Board, but will END this Criminal Organization (that prints funny money outside the only constitutional entity that can — the US Treasury) and hopefully put in jail their leaders.

    3) As President of the USA — expect Rand Paul to do what his patriotic father sought, nothing less !!!

    Anyone that opposes Rand Paul’s win as US President — I’m sorry to say — MUST be an American hater!

    This is apodictic!

    • Oblivious: Saying one thing to get elected and doing something different when he’s in office.

      This is different from any other establishment candidate because. . .?

      A blind hero-worshipper will even try to redefine a fault as a virtue. . . .

        • Surf/Gulag/Oblivious: Of course you’re not going to like being called out.

          But the fact is that you are a blind hero-worshipper, who rants about your “perfect” candidate for the year. And even if you admit that he as a fault, you try to twist it into a virtue.

          It would be so refreshing if you were to say, “I don’t agree with him on [whatever], but he’s the best option.”

          By claiming that any one candidate is the “savior” of the country is beyond self-delusion, it’s just plain stupid–since no one person can completely change the country, and we should be afraid of anyone purported to do so, since drastic change always over-shoots its goal.

          • G. Bore — utter nonsense by you, as usual.

            One person can change a nation — as long as he represents the will of the REAL people!

            Ronald Reagan did (to our salvation from Jimmy Carter’s economic destructiveness, whereby interest rates went up to the arrogant level of 28% to “own” a house by loan in 1979).

            But, then again, in 1979 you were just a parental mistake of a chance hippies meeting…LOL!

            • Oblivious: You have no credibility. Why try to eliminate any sense you may be seen to have?

              We have talked about Truman and Ike, and their policies many times–and about what we were doing with our kids back in the 70s.

              Just because you’re senile doesn’t mean anybody here is younger than you.

  4. What Rand Paul will do as President — obviously return US to smaller Government — but specifically in his first few weeks:

    1) Eliminate the TSA — you know, the creeps with guns at airports, that stick their hands in your private’s, and even your children’s’ undies, to make “sure” your kids are not “terrorists”! Private Airlines should invest in private security, not depend on Gov’s goons!

    2) Repeal Obamacare — you know, the creeps with guns in Government that tell you what your only choices of heath Insurance are, or else… face the IRS, whose agents also have guns!

    3) Audit the Feds: and SHUT THIS Unconstitutional private enterprise called the Federal Reserve Board, from ever printing again Promissory Paper Notes without ANY Intrinsic Value — INSTEAD of REAL MONEY backed by Gold and Silver as the US Treasury Department was instructed to issue as US Dollars by the US Constitution!

    4) Empower back the US Treasury to print Real US Dollars that have backing as before — Silver or Gold Certificate stating the Owner of this Paper US Currency can go to any US bank and get them to exchange it for Silver (or Gold)! THAT’S WHAT REAL US DOLLARS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BY CONSTITUTIONAL LAW:

    http://www.daggarjon.com/Currency%20pics/United%20States/Silver%20Certificates/Watermarked/Silver%20certificate%205%20dollar%201934D%20obverse%20FR-1654.jpg

    5) Eliminate the Alphabet Soup of Unconstitutional US Federal Agencies that are armed Unconstitutionally with guns, and oppress US by their very existence — CIA, NSA, DHS, FDA, ATF, etc….whose goal is to REMOVE OUR FREEDOMS in order to ‘”protect” US!

    6) Eliminate the IRS — it is illegal to collect taxes according to the US Constitution, unless we are in a War which needs to paid for (once the War is over and paid for, no more taxes can be levied)! So Stop all Unconstitutional Wars, and thus Stop the IRS!

    7) Stop all Foreign Aid — These Billions of Dollars can feed ALL the poor in USA, instead of getting sucked out of the poor to middle-class from our nation, to feed the super rich in foreign nations!

    8) Get Israel to stop being the most active terrorist State in the Middle East — for it is their non-stop terrorist actions that have turned the Muslim World against US (prior to 1972, no Muslims had any problems with the USA, in the 1972 Olympics the Muslims attacked the Jews of Israel, not the Americans). Ever since than, the growing power of AIPAC (American Jews controlling the US elections) has placed USA closer to Israel on foreign policy, thus making us the goat in the Muslim world!

    Cut off Israel for good — and we’ll stop the Muslims from thinking we are their enemies — considering there are many, many Muslims that live in our nation as US Citizens and no-one here has bothered them!
    A great step to disarming the terrorist State of Israel is to demand our Nuclear Weapons back — failure to do so, must involve US sanctions against Israel or a demand for a HUGE payment to the USA for these expensive atomic bombs we gave them!

    9) Once the Israeli menace is dealt with (and that will be our most challenging battle) — time to DEPORT all Illegal Mexicans back to Mexico.

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    May Rand Paul be well and alive for 2016 — don’t forget the Bilderberg Gang wanted Ron Paul dead (the Bilderberg Group is nothing but an International Jewish Cabal that wants World Dominance thru Economic Power — Funny Money Creation and thus easy manipulation, already achieved by the US Federal Reserve Board they aspired to create, and did in 1913!)

    LET US ALL HERE SERVE NOTICE TO THESE anti-humans, if anything nasty happens to Rand or Ron Paul, We, the Real Americans will hunt you down, like the animals that you are!

    • Here is the list of the Bilderberg anti-human Gang that attended:

      So ALL know who you are, scumbags!

      Some notable attendees at this year’s conference are Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (he’s a regular at all these kinds of meetings). Here’s the complete list.

      FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group

      DEU Achleitner, Paul M. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
      DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Board, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
      GBR Agius, Marcus Former Chairman, Barclays plc
      GBR Alexander, Helen Chairman, UBM plc
      USA Altman, Roger C. Executive Chairman, Evercore Partners
      FIN Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
      USA Athey, Susan Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
      TUR Ayd?nta?ba?, Asl? Columnist, Milliyet Newspaper
      TUR Babacan, Ali Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
      GBR Balls, Edward M. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
      PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA
      FRA Barré, Nicolas Managing Editor, Les Echos
      INT Barroso, José M. Durão President, European Commission
      FRA Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
      FRA Bavinchove, Olivier de Commander, Eurocorps
      GBR Bell, John Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
      ITA Bernabè, Franco Chairman and CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
      USA Bezos, Jeff Founder and CEO, Amazon.com
      SWE Bildt, Carl Minister for Foreign Affairs
      SWE Borg, Anders Minister for Finance
      NLD Boxmeer, Jean François van Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Heineken N.V.
      NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
      AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Der Standard Medienwelt
      GBR Carrington, Peter Former Honorary Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
      ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
      CAN Clark, W. Edmund President and CEO, TD Bank Group
      GBR Clarke, Kenneth Member of Parliament
      DNK Corydon, Bjarne Minister of Finance
      GBR Cowper-Coles, Sherard Business Development Director, International, BAE Systems plc
      ITA Cucchiani, Enrico Tommaso CEO, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
      BEL Davignon, Etienne Minister of State; Former Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
      GBR Davis, Ian Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
      NLD Dijkgraaf, Robbert H. Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
      TUR Dinçer, Haluk President, Retail and Insurance Group, Sabanc? Holding A.S.
      GBR Dudley, Robert Group Chief Executive, BP plc
      USA Eberstadt, Nicholas N. Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
      NOR Eide, Espen Barth Minister of Foreign Affairs
      SWE Ekholm, Börje President and CEO, Investor AB
      DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, EADS
      USA Evans, J. Michael Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.
      DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
      USA Feldstein, Martin S. Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
      FRA Fillon, François Former Prime Minister
      USA Fishman, Mark C. President, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
      GBR Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
      IRL Gallagher, Paul Senior Counsel
      USA Geithner, Timothy F. Former Secretary of the Treasury
      USA Gfoeller, Michael Political Consultant
      USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
      DEU Grillo, Ulrich CEO, Grillo-Werke AG
      ITA Gruber, Lilli Journalist – Anchorwoman, La 7 TV
      ESP Guindos, Luis de Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
      GBR Gulliver, Stuart Group Chief Executive, HSBC Holdings plc
      CHE Gutzwiller, Felix Member of the Swiss Council of States
      NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
      FIN Heinonen, Olli Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
      GBR Henry, Simon CFO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
      FRA Hermelin, Paul Chairman and CEO, Capgemini Group
      ESP Isla, Pablo Chairman and CEO, Inditex Group
      USA Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard
      USA Johnson, James A. Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
      CHE Jordan, Thomas J. Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
      USA Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
      USA Kaplan, Robert D. Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor
      USA Karp, Alex Founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
      GBR Kerr, John Independent Member, House of Lords
      USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
      USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
      NLD Knot, Klaas H.W. President, De Nederlandsche Bank
      TUR Koç, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
      DEU Koch, Roland CEO, Bilfinger SE
      USA Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
      USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
      CHE Kudelski, André Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
      GRC Kyriacopoulos, Ulysses Chairman, S&B Industrial Minerals S.A.
      INT Lagarde, Christine Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
      DEU Lauk, Kurt J. Chairman of the Economic Council to the CDU, Berlin
      USA Lessig, Lawrence Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School; Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
      BEL Leysen, Thomas Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
      DEU Lindner, Christian Party Leader, Free Democratic Party (FDP NRW)
      SWE Löfven, Stefan Party Leader, Social Democratic Party (SAP)
      DEU Löscher, Peter President and CEO, Siemens AG
      GBR Mandelson, Peter Chairman, Global Counsel; Chairman, Lazard International
      USA Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
      CAN McKenna, Frank Chair, Brookfield Asset Management
      GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
      FRA Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations
      ITA Monti, Mario Former Prime Minister
      USA Mundie, Craig J. Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
      ITA Nagel, Alberto CEO, Mediobanca
      NLD Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of The
      USA Ng, Andrew Y. Co-Founder, Coursera
      FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc
      GBR Omand, David Visiting Professor, King’s College London
      GBR Osborne, George Chancellor of the Exchequer
      USA Ottolenghi, Emanuele Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
      TUR Özel, Soli Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has University; Columnist, Habertürk Newspaper
      GRC Papahelas, Alexis Executive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper
      TUR Pavey, ?afak Member of Parliament (CHP)
      FRA Pécresse, Valérie Member of Parliament (UMP)
      USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
      USA Petraeus, David H. General, U.S. Army (Retired)
      PRT Portas, Paulo Minister of State and Foreign Affairs
      CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. Chair, Torys LLP
      INT Reding, Viviane Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
      CAN Reisman, Heather M. CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
      FRA Rey, Hélène Professor of Economics, London Business School
      GBR Robertson, Simon Partner, Robertson Robey Associates LLP; Deputy Chairman, HSBC Holdings
      ITA Rocca, Gianfelice Chairman,Techint Group
      POL Rostowski, Jacek Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister
      USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
      NLD Rutte, Mark Prime Minister
      AUT Schieder, Andreas State Secretary of Finance
      USA Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
      AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
      PRT Seguro, António José Secretary General, Socialist Party
      FRA Senard, Jean-Dominique CEO, Michelin Group
      NOR Skogen Lund, Kristin Director General, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
      USA Slaughter, Anne-Marie Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
      IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
      GBR Taylor, Martin Former Chairman, Syngenta AG
      INT Thiam, Tidjane Group CEO, Prudential plc
      USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Thiel Capital
      USA Thompson, Craig B. President and CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
      DNK Topsøe, Jakob Haldor Partner, AMBROX Capital A/S
      FIN Urpilainen, Jutta Minister of Finance
      CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Honorary Chairman, Novartis AG
      GBR Voser, Peter R. CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
      CAN Wall, Brad Premier of Saskatchewan
      SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
      USA Warsh, Kevin Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
      CAN Weston, Galen G. Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
      GBR Williams of Crosby, Shirley Member, House of Lords
      GBR Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
      USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
      GBR Wright, David Vice Chairman, Barclays plc
      INT Zoellick, Robert B. Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

      • How sick is this… — USA Geithner, Timothy F. Former Secretary of the Treasury”…?!

        What did he say to the Bilderberg Gang — I did what you said to destroy the US Dollar, now where is my villa in Tuscany..?!

    • Oblivious: Senseless hyperbole.

      I suspect Rand is sympathetic to some of these goals, but he is intelligent enough to know that no one man could do all, and certainly not in 8 years.

      My guess is that the Rand campaign would repudiate your post(s).

      • Goethe Bore — “My guess is that the Rand campaign would repudiate your post(s)”

        Guess…? How stupid are you?!

        Of course Rand Paul’s campaign would not even touch them — how else can he get elected if he professed such issues to the Marching Morons (the brainwashed by MSM Americans) who have no clue what they even are…?!

        Goethe Bore — how old are you…kid, to post such nonsense (still pimply)…?!

        • Oblivious: You are a truly dangerous person. Now you are praising Rand for lying, and exhorting him to do more.

          Your hatred for Democracy is apparently stronger than your antisemitism. You are one scary dude.

  5. The ‘if you like your plan you can keep your plan’ statement still stings Americans every time the mandate is extended, or certain groups exempted from the law. If republicans were smart they would ride the wave…America wants the mandate gone. America wants the taxation gone. America wants the hours requirement change gone.

    Sure, polls say that Americans prefer repair rather than repeal…but they don’t realize that everything Americans want repaired about the bill are the core things that make it functional.

    About the only thing that Americans wanted from the bill was coverage of pre-existing conditions…that’s it!

    America was 85% covered with 80% happy with coverage. Most of the 15% without coverage didn’t want coverage, and many in that group were eligible for *free* coverage…but just didn’t get it.

    American’s didn’t accept it, which is why after it passed in March 2010 there was a republican revolution in November 2010…and the republican lines held in 2012 (when Obama got re-elected). 2014 is shaping up to be a bad year for the democrats.

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