Out Of The Wilderness
From 1994 to 2006 the Democrats were completely out of power in the U.S. Congress. During that time, a huge backlog of liberal/progressive legislative priorities built up. So, when the Democrats regained control in 2007, they naturally wanted to focus their attention on the things they spent 12 years in the wilderness waiting to accomplish.
Unfortunately, there was this little matter of a war and a constitutional crisis to deal with. Did the Democrats put off their pet projects in order to deal with these issues? No. Will they?
I've said it before that the biggest mistake the Democrats made since regaining power is misunderstanding why they were given power in the first place. Normally, obstructionism is a bad thing. But when the country is lead by an out-of-control executive branch, obstructing the overreach of that branch supersedes all other priorities.
The Democrats have not accepted that. And that is why the country is so pissed off at them. The only saving grace they have is that the country hates Bush even more. But Bush won't be around much longer (knock on wood). But his legacy will haunt this country for decades. Will the Democrats make cleaning up his mess a priority once he is gone?
We shall see.