Democrats are heading into this year's elections in a position weaker than they had hoped for, party leaders say, stirring concern that they are letting pass an opportunity to exploit what they see as widespread Republican vulnerabilities.
In interviews, senior Democrats said they were optimistic about significant gains in Congressional elections this fall, calling this the best political environment they have faced since President Bush took office.
But Democrats described a growing sense that they had failed to take full advantage of the troubles that have plagued Mr. Bush and his party since the middle of last year, driving down the president's approval ratings, opening divisions among Republicans in Congress over policy and potentially putting control of the House and Senate into play in November. (NY Times)
I can't say that this article brings up any interesting issues or new information, because it doesn't. It does have one bizarre quote, though, by the Democratic nominee for president in 2004:
"We are fighting to find a voice under difficult circumstances, and I'm confident, over the next few months, you are going to see that happen," Mr. Kerry said in an interview. "Our megaphone is just not as large as their megaphone, and we have a harder time getting that message out, even when people are on the same page."
Didn't we just go through a presidential election recently? Yes, I believe it was just 15 months ago that we elected a president. Kerry had plenty of air time to vent all his frustrations with the G.O.P. in general and Bush in particular. If the Dems have a hard "time getting that message out," it is their own fault. This is Kerry at his most ridiculous. No one can hear us - we need a bigger megaphone...