Democrats, Obama Have Lost Will to Fight Where's the passion of that candidate in 2008? By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 1, 2010 12:28 PM CDT 98 comments Comments President Obama listens to a question at a town-hall style event on the economy, Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Racine Memorial Hall in Racine, Wis. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Newser) – Democrats are on their way to getting rolled in the midterm elections, and EJ Dionne says it's because the party and the president have lost their passion. "It might help if voters saw President Obama and his party in Congress fighting for something going into these elections (including their record on health care and financial reform) rather than reacting, retrenching, and retreating," he writes in the Washington Post. They could take a cue from of all people John Kerry, who used to be criticized for being "aloof" but is now taking heat from fellow Democrats for his zeal in getting an energy bill passed. Maybe Obama and the Democrats could apply that kind of zeal to a jobs bill? "The Obama of 2008 understood how to define the stakes and how to rouse the faithful with both reason and passion. What happened to that guy?"