Just a disclaimer up front, this post is completely opinion based, and if you do not like that, quit reading now.
So as I was preparing last night to write a post about the Supreme Court’s ruling, I was planning on saying that the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare would hurt Romney’s campaign. However, I get to say the opposite of what I expected.
We all know that the Supreme Court struck down Obamacare with a surprising 5-4 vote with Chief Justice Roberts providing the swing vote. The reason that this will help Romney is because it gives Republicans and independents a since of something to rally behind. Before now, the biggest political motivator in this race has been gay marriage, which is not an issue that really affects everyone in America.
Since most people do not like Obamacare, I think this will ultimately motivate many people to come out to the polls and vote for Romney in order to overturn this law before it fully takes affect. It gives Republicans something more to fight for, which I think is very important right now.
If Obamacare would have been struck down, Obama would have easily have recovered from that and actually turned it favorably towards him. He could have said that if his plan was unconstitutional, then so was Romney’s plan in Massachusetts. Despite the obvious differences in the plans, many American’s still view them as the same law. Obama also has the personality to have written off the decision as a mistake if it would have went the other way.
Ultimately, I think this is great for Romney’s campaign, but I do think that this is far from being over. It will be interesting to watch poll numbers in the next few days to see which way they go.