GOP Paints Pelosi, Not Obama, as Health Care Villain

2010 election strategy focuses on unpopular House Speaker
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2010 8:01 AM CDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., left, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

(Newser) – When it comes to this year's House elections, the GOP wants voters thinking about Pelosicare, not Obamacare. Pinning health care reform on the unpopular House Speaker—and casting Democratic incumbents as her minions—is a key part of the Republican strategy for 2010: winning the support of 2008 Obama voters who still like the president but have lost faith in Congress.

With Nancy Pelosi's approval rating at 36% and only 22% of voters approving of the job Congress is doing, the strategy appeals to many GOP challengers. But Democrats aren't convinced: Attacking Pelosi is "red meat for the base," a Dem pollster told Politico, likening it to similar Democratic attacks on Newt Gingrich in the '90s, which didn't convince swing voters.

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