This WSJ piece by Karl Rove says it all:
The GOP Is Winning the Health-Care Debate- Gallup says independents now favor Republicans by nine points.
Passing health-care reform could be harmful to the health of congressional Democrats.
Just look at how President Barack Obama’s standing has fallen as he has pushed for reform. According to Fox News surveys, the number of independents who oppose health-care reform hit 57% at the end of September, up from 33% in July. Independents are generally a quarter of the vote in off-year congressional elections.
When Karl Rove says they are winning the debate, he means nothing of the sort, because this is not about debate or ideas. It never is with the Rove Republicans. It is about political opportunism. Remember, you never roll out a new product in August.
They can’t help themselves/