Jay Cost says yes. Or it was at least the decisive blow to their political dreams:
Partisans on both sides tell themselves stories about why they’re up, why they’re down, and why the other side is where it is. These stories usually contain at least a grain of truth, but they also help encourage ideologues in the face of an impending rejection by the electorate. Democrats ignored the political problem of health care in the fall and winter – arguing that Martha Coakley and Creigh Deeds were bad candidates, that voters had been turned off by the health care bill because of the process, and that they would come around once the many benefits kicked in. Now, they’re pointing to the economy as the only significant reason why the party is in trouble.
It would be difficult for any strong partisan to admit that such an accomplishment was so deeply unpopular. Yet the polling is pretty unequivocal on the relationship between the Democrats’ fortunes and the health care bill. It was during the health care debate that the essential building block of the Democratic majority – Independent voters – began to crumble. It was evident in the generic ballot. It was evident in the President’s job approval numbers. It was evident in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
The damage was serious, in my opinion. I said so at the time. I still believe it.
I suspect that this November will be one for the record books. There will be a lot of Democrats – at all levels of government – out of work shortly after election day.
But we all still have to remain focused, too. Don’t be distracted by the antics of the Obots in the media, just add their lies and distortions to the long list of reasons you fully intend to vote their idol’s enablers out of office for good.