Instpundit has two posts which seem to me to be obviously related, but as he doesn’t have time to connect the dots, it is left to me.
First is this —
And that’s one difference between now and 1994: The incumbents in Congress have made themselves vulnerable through corruption and ineptitude. But this time the opposition party doesn’t stand for anything in particular beyond the desire for power itself.
A fine point. The next post makes this observation —
As with Phil Bredesen, this willingness to engage people rather than coming across as condescending has paid big dividends. Other Democrats might want to take note.
Ah, but the first post is exactly why so few leaders of the Demcratic Party are willing to engage people instead of being condescending (an attitude that slops over in to their online supporters). Even worse than being condescending is to be shown to be suffering from severe reality dysfunction and ideological emptiness. You can only engage with the ideas you have, not the ones you would like to have.