Low polling scores for the president, the War on Terror, the Tom Delay and Bill Frist ethics squabbles, and handling of Hurricane Katrina have all caused trouble for the Republicans, writes Gloria Borger in U.S. News and World Report this week.
You'd think the Democrats could make some serious hay and major headway in that kind of environment, but they aren't.
Why? Because they offer no meaningful, intelligent alternative, says Gloria.
"Today's Democratic agenda is somewhere between hate for George W. Bush and disdain for George W. Bush," she says."That's not enough for a party looking to revive itself as a governing entity. People already know what they are voting against; they need to know what they're voting for."
In the next elections, as many as 70 seats in Congress could be up for grabs, and the next presidential election is anything but a sure thing.
But unless the Dems can get their feet under them, I don't think they have much of a shot.
Consider that they've elected Howlin' Howard Dean -- the man THEY decided was too crazy to be president -- as their party chief. His first public statement after taking the post was "I hate Republicans and everything they stand for."
Yeah, that's some real intelligent, progressive thinking there. You betcha.
And they consider their best hope for the presidency to be Hillary Clinton -- yeah, like that's gonna happen.
Oh, back to the president's poll numbers -- boy, isn't it refreshing to have a president who doesn't manage his decisions by the fickle polls, but instead does what he thinks is right?