The recovering Heathcare.gov site will help President Obama rebound from the disaster of the botched introduction of what was supposed to be his signature achievement.
Let’s hope the famously detached and aloof commander-in-chief has learned a valuable lesson, which is the need to fight for what one believes in.
The Iranian arms deal is a good place to start. The liberal Americans United for Change group released a poll today finding solid support for the Iran nuclear agreement. A robust sixty-three percent of Americans support the deal, while 25 percent oppose. The deal wins backing across the political spectrum. The breakdown is liberals (85 percent for vs. 6 percent against), moderates (69 percent vs. 18 percent) and conservatives (47 percent vs. 40 percent).
Of course, there’s always a catch. Those numbers are based on President Obama’s team educating Americans about the deal and pitching its benefits.
Conducted by Hart Research, the poll finds that Americans currently know little about the treaty. Only 34 percent know “at least a little” about the deal and another 41 percent don’t know enough to either support or oppose the pact with Tehran.
The information gap leaves a huge opportunity for either the President or his opponents to fill. Obama washed his hands of the Affordable Care Act once it was passed, enabling Republicans to stage countless votes for its repeal. Though the Democratic Senate and Obama’s veto ensured that repeal wasn’t going to happen, the Tea Party-led GOP used the votes to spread misinformation and distortions about Obamacare. Missing-in-action Obama let those falsehoods stand. Republicans won that round.
Similar Presidential inaction could torpedo the Iranian deal, which—according to the Hart Research poll—is even support by those who identify themselves as “strongly pro- Israel” by a 48 percent to 40 percent margin.
A PR victory awaits the President. He has the chance to add a second signature achievement to his record—if he works for it.