watertiger nails it.
The Democrats are spineless wimps. Their political strategy is nonsensical. Bush's approval rating among Independents is 28%, and 6% among Democrats in the latest CBS poll. Except for his Republican base (74%), Bush is about as unpopular as a president can possibly be. So if Democrats want to play to the middle, fine. The middle hates Bush's guts. But what they're doing is playing to the right, which makes no sense at all, especially when it's at the expense of everyone else.