...tempers get short, and opinions become hardened. And right now, as Politico.com's Martin Kady II reports in his "The Huddle" blog, that combination doesn't favor the Democrats:
Nearing the mid-point of the August recess, it's become clear that Democrats have dug themselves a massive halftime deficit.
The question is whether they'll be able to adjust their game plan in the locker room and make a comeback in the second half and gain some momentum heading into the critical month of September.
They'll have to start taking back the momentum at town halls, on the air waves and in the polls – all of which favor the opposition on health care now.
Of course, the White House is fighting back, but it strikes me that as you listen to people talk in various cities there remain deep concerns about how much of a role the government will play, what health care will cost, and how individuals will be affected.
What this tells me is that the opposition forces are succeeding in scuttling needed reform.