Obama continues to kick the Obamacare can down the road, in a last ditch effort to save control of the Senate. It probably won't work, and he'll be forced to spend the last two years of his administration dealing with a GOP controlled Congress, who, if they're smart, ( I know, I know, spare me the snide comments) will send him a bill every week to repeal Obamacare, and force him to veto it.
But delaying implementation of mandates, along with his many other putative "fixes" won't work, and Obamacare will be the key issue of the 2016 campaign.
Looking at it realistically, this seems to put Hillary in an ever increasingly difficult position. She's already tainted with her own efforts to remake the medical system during Bill's first term, and she's been open in her support of Obamacare. Heck, Bill's been out and about telling Dems to run ON Obamacare...as if.
I may be naive here, but I just don't see a way out for her. She can't try to pull a Landrieu, and tout a phony do-nothing bill as her effort to help those struggling with the effects of Obamacare.....heck, that's not gonna work even for Mary.
Even worse, if she does attempt to pivot ( or perhaps "triangulate" might be the artful word of choice here) on Obamacare, she pretty much has to do it before the election, and I can't see that happening.
So then what, after Obamacare costs the Dems the House in 2010, and he Senate in 2014, NOW she's going to come out and say, "Whoa! we have to do something different to fix this, and I'm just the gal to make it happen."
After 8 years of Obama's failed policies, and a miserable economy, is Hillary going to run for the WH blaming everything on.......Bush???
She could try. After all, both Bush and Benghazi begin with a "B"..and surely that's evidence of culpability right there.
2014 is going to turn out to be a wave election...the MSM, for obvious reasons, isn't willing to say so just yet, ( maybe on Nov 1st??) and the Republicans are smartly keeping their mouths shut while trying hard not to be seen grinning ear to ear 24/7.
Think about it: When Obama was elected in 2008, the Democrats controlled everything. After 2014, they will have lost the Congress, many state houses, and state legislatures. Obama will indeed have succeed in "fundamentally transforming.....the Democrat Party."
After this November, after a careful battle damage assessment, I think she bows out.
And that will make the Democrat primary field resemble the bar scene from "Star Wars."
Imagine Biden, Warren, Cuomo, Sanders, Dean, Patrick, "Moonbeam" Brown, and O'Malley runnig around Iowa, making left turn after left turn. Come to think about it, de Blasio would likely run. It'd be time for him to get out of Dodge ( er, NYC). His approval rate is already tanking, after just a few months on the job.
But hey, as John Lindsay once reminded us.."It's the second toughest job in America."