The party itself ain't over, but it's clueless ,and yes "spineless" ,
Demo leaders are the subjetc of the Obit. Dashcle is irrelevent as is Dem front man Terry MacCauliffe. He was almost as much of a flaming self-serving jerk as Republican leader Haley Barbour.
Gephardt is winged ,but is still a toady to his state's Big Military Contractor ( General dynamics I believe) which will want a bigger piece of the Bush war action or Gephardt's gone. Hell they'll propbably have him shot by some lone sniper and be done with it. They'll want a Republican representing them at the Warhog-trough and the hell with the voters. Either way next election Gephardt's toast. General Dynamics will have its Republican-toady all prepped and ready by New Year.
Paul Sarbanes is still the lead member on the all important BankingCmte and is known to have been the prime creator of the new Accounting Review Board that will see both Harvey the Whale Pitt and Judge Webster absent for the botch job.
The list of *effective* loyal opposaition members is there and they will be vocal , but it will still be a Republican Congress.
Mind you I'd be as cocenred over an all Democrat Congress.
The one that Clinton got was a joke in wanting to baloon all kinds of Peace Dividend spending with nary a care about the Republican-fueled deficit at the higher interest rates as a direct result. Oh, BTW; get ready for the inflation-triggering higher interest rates that the now Republican Big Gubment spending will cause.
I just believe in balance of power and without any control of any branch of Gov't the ruling party has *no* retraints.
what was that warning about "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"?
Wait for it.