Below is an excerpt of a column I submitted for publication:
After today’s ruling Mitt Romney has a clear line of differentiation with President Obama that is consistent with the GOP message in 2010:
- The economy is bad and getting worse (unemployment at 8.2% and rising, GDP below 2% and falling)
- President Obama is antagonistic to job creation in the private sector (rejecting the Keystone Pipeline is supported by only 22% of voters, his “war on coal”, EPA impeding natural gas drilling/fracking)
- The Supreme Court wrote unequivocally that Obamacare is a tax on all Americans, including the middle-class (an additional headwind on the economy and major campaign promise broken)
- Regardless of constitutionality, Obamcare remains unpopular (a majority of Americans disapprove of the law)
- Obama focuses on what he wants (Obamacare) and not what the country needs (jobs)
These were the major factors that led to historic gains for Republicans in 2010. These arguments remain true today and should all be articulated against Obama for the remainder of this election. The states mentioned above have already declared their support for such arguments and many others can be expected to join in if Mitt Romney can effectively state his case to the American people.