Rich Galen

If Republicans - and this is a reeeeelly big if - don't make fools of themselves again as they did with the shut-down maneuver then the White House will keep Obombacare on the front burner by tinkering, tinkering, tinkering to try and reduce the number of people negatively affected by the ACA.

They haven't known what they are doing for the past 3½ years and there is no reason to believe the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or the White House (WH) will get any smarter in the 11½ months between now and election day next year.

So, Obombacare will be an issue. But, it isn't going to be the only issue.

The Congress still has immigration reform, ENDA - the law that forbids discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation - plus all the annual appropriations, budget, and tax issues.

Last week there was a special election for an open Congressional seat in Louisiana. The Fifth Congressional District.

The 5th CD includes the town of Monroe, Louisiana. That is where the Robertson family lives; better known as the family featured in the highly successful reality show on A&E, "Duck Dynasty."

The winner of the special election was a Republican newcomer to politics named Vance McAllister. He beat a member of the State Senate (and also a Republican) Neil Riser.

Riser was the darling of the GOP establishment in Baton Rouge and was backed by the Tea Party wing.

McAllister had the advantage of (a) being a very successful businessman and could self-fund his race and (b) having the vocal support of Phil Robertson, the godfather of the Duck Dynasty er, dynasty.

Anyway the theory was the McAllister/Riser race was a clue of things to come except that nobody much agreed on what that clue was.

I helped out by suggesting that having Phil Robertson endorse an otherwise unknown candidate was probably a good thing, but only if you could arrange for the turnout to be 19 percent - which it was.

Keep this in mind: Nobody has a political Hubble telescope strong enough to be able to peer three years into the future. Nobody.

Note to self. Leave the Political Hubble Telescope line in.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at