Republicans have believed for some time that Obamacare would be a golden ticket to congressional majorities, especially since the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov in October. Conservative groups have started airings ads against vulnerable Democrats, blasting them for their allegiance to the law. With the law -- and its eponymous president -- underwater in the polls, what could go wrong?
Well, an intra-party civil war in which moderate positions are heresy could eliminate that apparent advantage -- a conflict readily on display since House conservatives forced Speaker John Boehner into a government shutdown over the law while Sen. Ted Cruz undermined Senate GOP leadership in the other chamber. Polls have routinely shown that Americans don't support Obamacare repeal, the only acceptable conservative position for now, and would rather see Congress work together to improve the law.
Democrats hope to seize on that discord -- the GOP's devotion to incorruptible Obamacare opposition, which runs counter to what the public says it wants -- to turn the Republicans' main weapon against them.
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