Another "Why are the Dems ineffective?" answer
What they truly care about is winning the next election. They're politicians. That's what they do: strategize to win the next election. It's the only thing that matters to them. And strange things start to happen when all you care about is winning the next election: you start to do really, really amoral things that make you look much more stupid than you really are.
Let's get a few things clear. Our Democrats are not actually ignorant of the political situation. Though it may not seem like it, they really do know what's going on.
- They know that both Bush and the Occupation of Iraq have horrible approval ratings.
- They know that the public trusts Democrats more than Republicans on nearly every major issue polled.
- They know that voters are upset and looking for change.
- They know that the public thinks America--both economically and in terms of foreign policy--is on the wrong track.
Nor do they really believe that by giving Bush what he wants and allowing themselves to be rolled over by the Republican minority in Congress, they will be seen as strong on terrorism or war. They understand that the public trusts Democrats more than Republicans on national security precisely because they hate Republican stances--not because Democrats adopt them. They're not really that dumb.
What they are is cynically manipulative, all in the name of winning the next election. I've said this before, and I'll say it again. If you want to know what's really going on, all you need do is read the following quote paraphrasing Chuck Schumer:
"Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, who leads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, insists that the more Republicans block Democrats in Congress, the more seats Democrats will win next year."
Read it. Understand it. Weep. Then do something about it.