President Obama’s popularity is on the rebound, and the Democrats’ race to replace him seems orderly and sane compared with the chaotic contest already dividing the GOP. Even in the minority, Senate Democrats still have enough leverage to slow, stall or kill Republican bills, and they are hopeful about retaking control in 2016.
And then there are the House Democrats.
With their ranks severely depleted and with no control over the chamber’s agenda, they are the most tangible symbols of the party’s recent electoral defeats. And the wreckage has made discussions about the future difficult.
But it is that very future, and how to shape it, that will be the subject of closed-door meetings in Philadelphia on Thursday and Friday as House Democrats try to figure out how to rehabilitate themselves with voters.