There’s a lot of talk around now about what the democratic party needs to do to start winning again. As if two very close losses indicates that the party is on an irreversible slide.
2. Thus set up, the 2006 elections proceed without the party having developed a unified voice. A few Senate seats change hands, with either a small net loss for the Dems or a net wash between the parties. Reid takes the blame for this. Small net changes in the House fly under the radar, but at least one big Democratic pickup occurs in a blue state, with Pelosi strongly supporting the candidate.
3. Ben Nelson switches to the GOP, saying he feels the moderate wing of the Democratic party is under attack from the left and he feels the GOP is more accommodating to moderates.
4. The party lurches left, but loses again in 2008. Following the 2008 election, with Democratic power at a low ebb, the left deserts the party, taking money, power, and sitting incumbents with them to a newly reformulated Green Party, run by the old Democratic left. Big names like Feingold, Boxer, and Murray jump to the Greens.
5. Thus freed of the worries of the left, remaining moderates in the Democratic party take the DLC into the leadership, excising the remaining leftists and reformulating the party as the voice of the neglected center of American politics. GOP moderates like Lincoln Chaffee (if he’s still around) join the new centrist party.
6. The centrist Democratic party is now free to recapture