Congressional Democrats pushed through ineffectual legislation such as the stimulus that didn't produce the promised results.
They raised discretionary spending by 24 percent from President George W. Bush's last full-year budget and will run up more debt by October than Bush did in eight years.
They made a priority of the unpopular cap-and-trade energy tax while Americans were worried about jobs and the economy.
They squandered every opportunity for the bipartisanship President Obama promised in his campaign.
Then they ended the year with a pork-filled monstrosity of a health-care bill that's increasingly detested.
The solid support that Democrats enjoyed at the start of 2009 among independents and college-educated voters is gone: They and seniors have propelled the GOP to a nine-point lead in Rasmussen's generic ballot.
Congressional Democrats can't reverse their midterm fortunes by trying to pass itsy-bitsy pieces of insignificant but popular legislation. Voters will stay fixated on their existing mistakes. So Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi should push for big things:: In for a penny, in for a pound. It would be hard to come up with less popular causes than they've already embraced. So find something that might redirect voter anger, especially if Republicans cooperate by failing to offer a positive alternative. Good luck: You made the mess.
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