You're a loser baby
Isn't there something deeply cynical about this?
As strange as it might seem, there are moments when losing is winning in politics. Even as Democrats are doing everything they can to win, and believe that victory is critical for future battles over real issues, some of the party's leading figures are also speculating that November could represent one of those moments.
From this perspective, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world politically to watch the Republicans struggle through the last two years of the Bush presidency. There's the prospect of continued conflict in Iraq, high gas prices, corruption investigations, Republican infighting and a gridlocked Congress. Democrats would have a better chance of winning the presidency in 2008, by this reasoning, and for the future they enhance their stature at a time when Republicans are faltering.
...Another worry is whether some Democrats would use their power in what could be perceived as payback against Republicans. Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, have talked of investigations into allegations of malfeasance across all parts of the Bush administration.
Call me naive, but shouldn't good government be the goal? And if you don't trust what your leaders will do with power, elect new leaders. It also seems to me that the writer has taken the wrong lesson from recent political history:
Democrats these days look back to 1994, when Republicans took over Congress, as inspiration for why the party can take over today. Equally instructive might be the experience the Republican Party had after it took power for what turned out to be two tumultuous years marked by the House's shutdown of government.
The transition from being the critic out of power to being the leader proved difficult. That is a lesson that at least some Democrats are thinking about today, even as they put their Champagne on ice.
While it is true that Newt Gingrich's hubris led the GOP into a disasterous budget showdown with President Clinton, the party held onto Congress and has won two of three presidential elections since. Yeah, that would be terrible for the Democrats.
Being afraid to lose is understandable. Being afraid to win is pathetic.