Why did the Democrats show so miserably in this election? They should have won the White House and taken back the senate. This is a weak president who has engendered deep hatred in a significant part of the electorate.
In my estimation, the loss came down to one thing: a MESSAGE.
Republicans have had a message since the time of Reagan - lower the taxes, smallen the the government and defeat the Evil Empire.
Newt had his Contract on Amercia.
Doubya has "America, be afraid."
The Democrats have responded by paying lip service to a handful of outdated special interest ideas, and a unified "but we are not George Bush."
The American electorate will not vote for a Democrat simply because he is not George Bush. A candidate needs to stand for something. He needs to provide a vision. Over and over, Democrats, individually and as a party, have failed to do that. That is why they lost and why they will continue to lose.