Democrats dysfunctional relationship with Republicans
I recommend the following blog post over on Mathew Gross' blog Deride and Conquer (link):
Watch Dan Rather apologize for not getting his facts straight, humiliated before the eyes of America, voluntarily undermining his credibility and career of over thirty years. Observe Donna Brazille squirm as she is ridiculed by Bay Buchanan, and pronounced irrelevant and nearly non-existent. Listen as Donna and Nancy Pelosi and Senator Charles Schumer take to the airwaves saying that they have to go back to the drawing board and learn from their mistakes and try to be better, more likable, more appealing, have a stronger message, speak to morality. Watch them awkwardly quote the bible, trying to speak the new language of America. Surf the blogs, and read the comments of dismayed, discombobulated, confused individuals trying to figure out what they did wrong. Hear the cacophony of voices, crying out, “Why did they beat me?”
And then ask anyone who has ever worked in a domestic violence shelter if they have heard this before.
They will tell you, every single day.
I think many of us in the Dean movement understand completely what this person is talking about. Democrats have gotten so used to being abused that many of them don't know how to live any other way. Like an abused spouse, they are so afraid of what it might mean to break the cycle of abuse that they are unwilling to risk doing so.
I've often felt over the last few years that the Democrats needed a good intervention.