About a year ago at this time, the biggest political story in the nation was about, of all things, a website. The Affordable Care Act’s healthcare.gov was supposed to be accessible to consumers, but to the delight of the law’s conservative opponents, the site struggled badly for its first two months.
Republicans were gleeful. The media was transfixed. Pundits speculated that the website’s troubles represented “Obama’s Katrina” and threatened the future of progressive governance in America.