Scarborough: Dem’s Defeat in Florida Sets Up ‘Historic’ 2010-like Midterm Rout
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said Wednesday morning that the defeat of Democratic candidate Alex Sink in FL-13’s special election yesterday augured a 2010-like rout of Democrats in the upcoming 2014 midterms.
“History shows Obamacare sunk Democrats in 2010,” Scarborough said. “I think we may have something historic here happening, where you have one act actually causing grave damage to a political party two midterms in a row.”
“I personally believe Alex Sink’s consultants, that had her stand in front of the camera that said ‘fix the Affordable Care Act,’ I think that’s a horrible mistake,” Scarborough continued. “You don’t fight on enemy terrain. She tried to fight on enemy terrain, defending this act that no Democrat has tried to defend over the last four years. They just don’t do it because you can’t do it on the campaign trail, unless you like losing.”
New York Times Jeremy Peters countered, arguing that the issue of Obamacare moved the bases on either side, but that voters in the middle were motivated by other factors specific to the candidates. “So I don’t know that Obamacare is everything in this case,” Peters said. “That’s what a lot of Republicans in Florida think.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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