Daily Beast's Obeidallah: Dems Are in Deep Water on ACA

Friday, 25 Apr 2014 04:51 PM

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Democrats are in trouble and must approach the Affordable Care Act with great care in the upcoming midterm elections, according to filmmaker and comedian Dean Obeidallah, a self-confessed liberal.

"We can’t play games. ... It's not looking good nationally," Obeidallah, a Daily Beast columnist, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I don't think there's any chance at getting the House, and if the Republicans capture six seats they get control of the Senate."

One of the issues Democrats should not embrace whole-hog is the Affordable Care Act. They should instead discuss how to make it better, he believes.

"The strategy you see from some is that we will tweak it and correct it where it's bad — we'll make it better," he said.

"That's a pretty good strategy because then you can say, I agree on the good things, and I don't want any responsibility for the bad things."

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Democrats may be able to get young voters out by helping put the legalization of marijuana on the ballot in certain states, Obeidallah said.

As far as Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest, Obeidallah likes both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

"Given the choice between the two, I would support Hillary Clinton. Her experience far exceeds Elizabeth Warren, and Elizabeth Warren is probably frankly a little too left for the … country overall," he said.

"Hillary would be great. She'll be able to raise the money, which is so important. [She] obviously has name recognition.

"Some people love her, some people already hate her, that's her biggest problem. You know that kind of group of people who don't like the Clintons, don’t like her, so she's got some negatives that she has to deal with."

Obeidallah, who was born in New Jersey and is of Palestinian-Italian descent, is director of the documentary, "The Muslims Are Coming!" and the Comedy Central show, "The Watch List."

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