From the LA Times comes Jonag Goldberg's, "One sorry mess of a party". This piece is a well-written examination of the current plight of the Democratic party, today.
Angry and desperate are two words that come to mind when, discussing the behaviors and reactions of Dems over the last five years. When faced with repeated failure, many will resort to displays of anger. Case in point, liberals starting name calling the moment their argument is challenged to the degree that they cannot defend their weak and faulty claims, in an intelligent and eloquent manner. When found to be consistently losing the war of ideas, they become desperate, as we see when they stage stunts or make outrageously controversial statements, a la Howard Dean.
One could write a whole book about many instances when Dems shoot themselves in the foot, time and time again. The most recent display of childish foolishness was the inappropriate political commentary forcefully injected to what supposed to be eulogies and remembrances of Coretta Scott King. Instead of making it a funeral, some tried to turn it into a campaign stump speech, because they believe that it is what Mrs. King would have wanted.
These things do hurt the Dems, and much more than many Dems are willing to admit. But the thing that hurts them most of all? Clearly, it is the lack of ideas. And until they come up with some, they will continue to lose elections. Because, no matter how they skew it and twist it, they ARE LOSING elections.