LAMBRO: Backpedaling, the left swerves right

Chastened president and Democrats flirt with ideas for growth

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“New York has no future as the tax capital of the nation,” he lectured his state Legislature. “Our young people will not stay, businesses will not come; this has to change. Put it simply, the people of this state simply cannot afford to pay more taxes, period.”

Mr. Cuomo has closely studied the results of the last election and has concluded that the voters have had enough of big government and ever higher taxes. Is Mr. Obama listening?

Back here in Washington, some of those liberal Democrats are having second thoughts about what they voted for over the past two years of the Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid spending binge.

One of them is Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who was a blank check for Mr. Obama’s agenda but says she is thinking about scrapping the provision in Obamacare that forces uninsured Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

“There’s other ways we can get people into the [insured] pool - I hope - other than the mandate, and we need to look at that,” she said in an interview on MSNBC.

Ms. McCaskill, along with at least a half-dozen other Democrats in the Senate, is facing a tough re-election race in 2012, and polls show Obamacare is unpopular in her state, with 75 percent of the voters opposed to the individual mandate.

When one of Mr. Obama’s closest liberal allies is questioning the new health care law because she fears defeat in the next election - and several of her colleagues do, too - it could mean Obamacare is in deep trouble.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist.

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