Can the Democrats Go on Offense?

Between Tom DeLay's ethics problems, the handling of Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war and soaring gas prices, you'd think congressional Democrats would be counting the days in anticipation of the 2006 midterm elections. But while Republicans have given the minority party numerous political gifts, Democrats still seem to be struggling with the wrapping.

It's not that Democrats in Congress don't have a plan. They have too many. On Iraq, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California is flanked by Ohio's Dennis Kucinich, who leads a group calling for a troop withdrawal, and Missouri's Ike Skelton, who wants to send in more...

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