Obama Race 2008Kimberley A. Strassel

While the Obama White House is getting gripes from party members about how its agenda may cost Democrats the House or even the Senate, this fall, come Nov. 3, the bigger criticism may be the extent to which the White House has cost Democrats their grip on the electoral map–not just this cycle but for some time to come. Republican gains on the state level could change the political map for years to come. This is more humiliating for Democrats because the Republican Party had indeed lost its way. With each election the GOP resorted more to rallying a shrinking base. Had the president abided by his own campaign rhetoric–to act as a consensus-oriented bridge-builder–the GOP would have struggled to change the dynamic.

Strassel writes ‘Potomac Watch’ for the Journal.

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