Reuters) - Demoralized Democrats face an uncertain future after their bruising U.S. election losses, and the soul-searching and finger-pointing already have begun. A debate raged about whether the party, which suffered its biggest losses in Congress since 1938, needed a dramatic shift in course ahead of President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
Liberal Democrats demanded more confrontation and less compromise with Republicans, that worked so well, while party pragmatists called for bipartisanship and a move to the center after the election rout on Tuesday in which Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and picked up seats in the Senate.
Two years after Obama entered the White House with a promise to change Washington, voters did it for him in a result Obama termed "a shellacking."
Support for Democrats collapsed across the upper Midwest, a crucial building block in Obama's winning 2008 coalition, as blue-collar whites abandoned the party. It also weakened among independents, suburban voters and moderates, while turnout dropped among young and black voters.
"What is perhaps most remarkable to me was the inability of the Democrats to mount any kind of coherent argument in the closing months of the campaign," said Simon Rosenberg, head of the Democratic advocacy group.
It is not possible to be coherent when you are attacking the job creators when there are no jobs, spending vast sums of money when you have none. It is very certain where the party stands...it stand for spending a whole lot of money, most of it wasted.
"Democrats are saddened and demoralized by this policy of appeasement," U.S. Representative Alan Grayson of Florida, who lost his re-election bid, said on MSNBC. "The center cannot hold. There is no center left. Either you deliver for the people on your side or you're gone. It's that simple," he said.
Each side has its idiots, he was theirs. Good riddance!
But Democratic congressional leaders said the lesson of the election was that both parties needed to work together to find solutions on issues like high unemployment and economic stagnation. "If at the end of the day we play to a draw, achieve little or nothing, and try to celebrate with press releases, the American people will see right through it," Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said of the new Congress. "They want us to roll up our sleeves and find common ground."
Really? So these guys want compromise? They just want half the health care bill, because it will never grow. Or another stimulus because the first was so effective. They just want to be half as hostile to business and the suscessful.