Originally Posted by alnorth
Regarding the OP, whatever marginal benefit there may be in forcing the Dems to "own it" (I do not think there was ever any chance at all that the Dems would have sheepishly proposed an individual mandate delay, but who knows), I think is far more than countered by the fact that the debt ceiling fight wiped out the Obamacare launch failure stories in the news cycle.
There will still be some chatter about that as they try to get things fixed, but the GOP could have made a lot of hay over the failed launch. There were quite a lot of stories around October 1st with Republicans basically going "Oh God, this stupid Cruz stunt ruined our ability to scream about the launch"
This. The problems are definitely not over for that laughable technology, but it gave Obama and administration a chance to at least troubleshoot the huge issues and fix them under the radar.
And Obama has been a complete klutz in this negotiation process, but the attention isn't on that nor should it be. The attention is on the Republicans, who waited until the 25th hour to put a serious proposal together and who have suffered from an embarrassing in-fighting. It was like Bush when he was unpopular. The Republicans had an enormous opportunity to upstage the President, but failed at it. There's just no way the Republicans fare well in the next election cycle.