The Republican Party turned away from America during its years in power, writes New York Times columnist David Brooks, by paying more attention to echo-chamber media outlets and yes-men pollsters than voters. Now the Democrats are doing the same—instead of Southern conservatives, now it's left-wingers from the coasts who are leading a "liberal suicide march." Nancy Pelosi is even less popular than Dick Cheney, "and yet Democrats have allowed her policy values to carry the day."
The stimulus package and the budget have raised anxieties among moderates, but it's health care, Brooks says, where "every cliché Ann Coulter throws at the Democrats is gloriously fulfilled." Barack Obama is deferring too much to the "Old Bulls on Capitol Hill," who will squander the president's support if more moderate Dems don't rein them in. "Every new majority overinterprets its mandate," he writes. "We’ve been here before. We’ll be here again."