Democrats Are Lost Without Bush
Party needs to stop feuding and find a direction
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 1:23 AM CST
George Bush unified Democrats, but they seem lost without a villain.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

(Newser) – George Bush was the best unifier the Democrats ever had, and now that he's out of the picture, they're collapsing into infighting, writes EJ Dionne. The party has to govern America through this difficult time, but they "are being held hostage by political narcissists and narrow slivers of their coalition," Dionne notes in the Washington Post.

The feuding and the terrible impression of the Democrats this creates is a recipe for electoral doom, warns Dionne. If the party hopes to have any success next year, it needs to pull itself together fast, agree on a health bill, and focus on immediate job creation, Dionne writes. "Democrats have every right to blame Bush for the fix we're in," he concludes. "They can't blame him for the problems they're creating for themselves."