When I read stories about the Democratic Party surrendering to a lame duck President or Senator Clinton hoisting her petards I don’t think “gosh, these people are inept” but “it’s not surprising when blind people walk in to walls”. Most of the people and big chunks of their supporters suffer from severe reality dysfunction as far as I can tell. Interestingly, it’s the fact that it’s not a clean sweep that’s part of their political problem. If the entire party, its leadership and members, were suffering, they could at least achieve enough unity to achieve their destructive ends. But there’s still enough of a connection that the party, en masse, can’t quite bring itself to follow through on these paths to failure. It’s not much, but it’s enough against a party (the GOP) that’s almost as bad.
My second thought is that there’s another aspect. In my view, the Democratic Party is far more principled than the GOP. Those principles have been shown to be unrealistic by history, and require increasing severe delusional states to maintain, but I would say that by and large most of the MAL really think they’re doing good. In fact, that’s likely a key part of their internal theater. The GOP, on the other hand, seems to have a lot more openly cynical people, Senator Stevens being a prime example. The interesting part is that the Democratic Party succeeds electorally to the extent it abandons its principles, while the GOP succeeds when it adheres to its principles. That’s just one more strong indication that despite all of the decline, the American Street still has more clue than our ruling class.