First, Republicans warned that Democrats would experience political doom if Democrats did not enact health care reform: "If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him," declared Sen. Jim DeMint.
More recently, Republicans have warned that Democrats would experience political doom for enacting health care reform: "I believe if they ram the bill through the House like this, they will lose their majority," said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor.
(One House Republican today upped the ante by declaring that Democrats, by enacting health care reform, would kill his father: "This bill would put him in the grave -- literally!")
Two responses: First, even if the American public disfavors health care reform, if Americans would consider voting for Republicans barely a year after the Bush Jr. administration left office, that would establish that American voters will forgive (or forget) just about anything.
Second, with the world still smarting from Republican failures, unless the first two words out of a Republican's mouth are "I'm sorry" or "I apologize," no American should much care what follows.