Since assuming their positions after the last election, the three have appeared somewhere between useless and disastrous as party leaders. Individually, they lack substance and policy smarts (Ms Pelosi); coherence and force (Mr Reid); and steadiness and mainstream appeal (Mr Dean). Collectively, they convey an image of liberal elitism, disarray and crabbiness.
Jacob Weisberg hits the proverbial nail squarely on the symbolic head. As improbable as it seems, the status quo in national politics will likely continue through the mid-term elections because the Democrats have no intellectual or soulful presence in the national debate.