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Why Republicans see a loss in the Supreme Court as a win at the polls

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First, they are going to hammer health-care reform, a top issue for many in their conservative base. But this tactic alone risks falling into Democratic talking points that Republicans are stuck in the past and losing their focus on what both sides agree is the election’s No. 1 issue: the economy.

Thus, they are also going to make the case that the health-care law is a job killer – and take it to the polls in November.

While Republican leaders were wary of discussing the political implications of the day’s decision, conservative advocacy and outside political groups were not so shy.

“While we would have preferred to see Obamacare struck down, this decision will drive Republican voter intensity sky-high,” said Steven Law, the president of the granddaddy of all conservative "super political-action committees," Crossroads GPS. “The last time Obamacare was litigated in a general election, Republicans picked up an historic number of seats in the US House and made big gains in the US Senate.”

Mr. Law continued, in a statement: “Our message is that even if the Supreme Court couldn’t protect Americans from what this law will do to their jobs and health care, voters can and will fight back. The Supreme Court effectively made the 2012 elections the most important in a century, and dramatically energized the center-right coalition in the process.”

The most conservative wing of coalition, led by tea party favorites like Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina, largely want the law ripped out by the roots.

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