GOP Hopes Elections Will Stall Healthcare

They hope moderate Democrats will reject Obama's plan because of worries about their reelection.


By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Some Republicans are working to delay votes on President Obama's healthcare reform until after November's off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey, but not just because they want time to amend the plan. GOP strategists are hopeful that Republicans will upset Democrats in the gubernatorial races there, scaring moderate Democrats away from the Obama plan as they worry about their own re-election in 2010. Republican victories "will send a powerful signal, especially to 'blue dog' Democrats," GOP pollster Whit Ayres says of the moderate Democrats.

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