The question for Democrats over the next nine weeks must be this: How do they turn things around?The Democrats' inability to build on the political victories of 2004, 2006 and 2008 (most especially) is stunning but not surprising. The chronic infighting among members of that party combined with a stalled economy, an angry electorate and media technology that allows the political opposition to incessantly beat their message into their supporters have led to this.
The polls are as bad as they've ever been, prognosticators across the board are predicting a GOP wave and a good shot for a Republican House takeover. And the enthusiasm gap continues to grow between likely Republican and likely Democratic voters.
Democratic aides say the main hope is for their candidates to grind out victories one district at a time based on local issues and the strength of local candidates, while distancing themselves from the national mood and national Democratic leaders.
It makes for a long September and October, but the local strategy may be the best bet for Democrats.
What a mess.