The current political climate is very sad. The Democrats are going to make some gains (whatever magnitude) this year, and it’s going to be almost entirely due to the Republicans screwing up. How many ads have you seen or read that boil down to, “Vote Democrat, because we’re not fans of George Bush”? That’s just pathetic. They have no ideas of their own or they think if people knew their ideas they wouldn’t vote for them.
Thinking Republicans (there are many I know personally, so they must exist in greater numbers than the Congress would indicate) are appalled at the lack of conservative values this batch of numbskulls have shown. Small government? Nobody’s seen a GOP White House reduce the size of government in 30 years. Personal freedom? Can you say wiretaps and gay marriage? The party that used to (claim to) be in favor of “get out of my life” policies is now the more intrusive one.
And yet, the Democrats still have a hard time capitalizing on this weakness in their opponents except to say, “we couldn’t screw it up as much as the current folks, could we?”