Kevin sums it up. Also see recent leadership polls for Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi over at Kos. Right now Democrats hate their leaders as much as Republicans do, and the reasons just aren’t that hard to figure out. They got rolled on wiretapping American citizens, they have no plan for getting ahead of the mortgage meltdown and on most days crucial committee members like Rockefeller and Feinstein act more like their craven predecessors than like Democrats. Majorities in both houses can’t being themselves to pass any funding bill except what the president asks for in his words.
Claims that Republican minorities have some institutional trump card that keeps anything from getting done strike me as a copout – as Kevin thoroughly documents far too many Democrats, possibly most, act petrified of their own shadow. And if Jonah Goldberg ever got anything right (experience I guess) it’s that abuse only gets worse when you telegraph that you’re scared to fight back.
As I pointed out before Republicans are afraid of looking weak, Democrats are afraid of losing. There’s no joy in events proving me right.
Also see John’s earlier post on this topic. At this point I don’t see any way to convince me that the Dem leadership in Congress should not move on in 2009 and make room for people with the courage of their convictions.