Symposium 2010: In the aftermath of sweeping Congressional losses in November, what is your outlook for the Democratic party?

They are in much the same situation that the Republicans were in when they lost the majority in the House in 2006. They need to reassess what is important to them and what caused them to get trounced. I think they squandered a lot of political capital in the healthcare fiasco, and I think the voters were turned off by their handling of it and the whole Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda.

A number of polls showed that the public was against the healthcare bill as written, yet they crammed it down the peoples’ throats and they paid the price at election time. They have completely mishandled the economy since controlling the Congress. Remember, the Senate was deadlocked for the first four years of President Bush then the Democrats took control in 2004. The Democrats took control of the House in 2006, so they have a huge burden with what’s happened in the economy and the runaway spending, particularly since 2008. I think it’s going to be an uphill battle for them for a while, and the Republicans are going to point to the mismanagement of the economy during the period when the Democrats controlled the Congress and the White House.

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