Harold Meyerson has a column in today’s Washington Post complaining about the “Blue Dogs” hindering Obama’s healthcare goals. They have many reasons – they are in red districts, their new, and they really worry about – everything.
While Meyerson says it reveals our country’s inability to meet our national challenges, the practical interpretations by the electorate is the Democrats can’t govern.
Say what you will about the GOP under George Bush, they may have punted on the big problems, but its ability to pass most of its agenda is viewed as at least competent in governing.
In 2010, if they pick the issues that voters are worried about – the economy, health, etc. – and put forth solutions, those voters just might say, “At least they can get something done.”