NewsBustersBill Kristol Slaps Down ABC’s Matthew Dowd: 2014 ‘Will Be A Referendum On ObamaCare’
By Jeffrey Meyer | March 30, 2014 | 12:25
ABC News Political Analyst and former Bush/Cheney advisor Matthew Dowd attempted to downplay the impact ObamaCare will have in the 2013-midterm elections. Appearing on This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos on March 30, Dowd asserted, “2014 is going to be about the direction of the country, the economy, and how people feel in their lives. It's not going to be about ObamaCare.”
Despite the bizarre prediction from the ABC analyst, conservative editor of "The Weekly Standard" Bill Kristol slapped down Dowd’s ridiculous claim and shot back that “I’m happy to have a referendum on ObamaCare… and will be good for Republicans.”
The confrontation began with host George Stephanopoulos hyping how “Bill Clinton’s coming out this week saying Democrats should not run away from ObamaCare.” Dowd used this as an opportunity to criticize the GOP by asserting that “Republicans have made a mistake by not acknowledging some success in it. I think they're not asking the right questions.” Dowd then went on to maintain, “2014 is going to be about the direction of the country, the economy, and how people feel in their lives. It's not going to be about ObamaCare.”
For his part, Kristol did not accept the liberal spin Dowd peddled and pointed out that:
Seniors are seeing cuts in Medicare Advantage that were only hypothetical when Mitt Romney ran. I’m happy to have a referendum on ObamaCare and I think it will be…I disagree with Matthew on that. I think it will be a referendum on ObamaCare and will be good for Republicans.
Kudos to Kristol for shooting down a supposed conservative in Dowd for using White House talking points over ObamaCare’s affect in 2014. Dowd seemed blindly unaware that ObamaCare does impact the direction of the country and thus is very likely to play a critical role in who controls Congress after the 2014 election.
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