The problem with the Democrats is leadership. They would have lost the last election if the blogosphere did not push opposition to the war and for running candidates everywhere. The Washington establishment was wrong on both these counts.
Now that they are in power, the leadership does not seem to know what to do with it. The top presidential candidates, with the exception of Edwards, also are hewing to the Beltway conventional wisdom.
The Democrats have a fired-up base, lots of ideas, and an energized netroots. But once, people get elected and go to Washington, they seem to lose their way.
Maybe among the freshmen, some leaders will emerge to challenge this phenomenon. Jon Tester, maybe?
In any event, the netroots must continue to put pressure on the D.C. establishment, whether Republican or Democratic.
Cornyn could be in line for an AG nomination if Abu G flames out. He's in trouble in Texas. He is a reliable administration man, and he a senator, which should mean the Democrats in the Senate will give him a pass.
Except that last part may not be true. I don't think the Democrats would be inclined to give anyone a pass.
One thing he pointed out was that the House Democrats' 100-hour agenda got a lot of Republican votes. That's the kind of bipartisanship we need. Put forward the Dem agenda, and make the Republicans like it, just as Truman said.
"1. Democrats should convene early hearings at Ike Skelton's House Armed Services Committee and Carl Levin's Senate Armed Services Committee in mid-January to pin down the Joint Chiefs on what they told the White House about an escalation;
2. Then use those hearings to force the escalation votes ahead of his 2007 State of the Union speech as a way to kneecap him prior to the speech and undercut his influence for the remainder of the Congress."