Nothing has changed. Lobbyists dominate the town. Money dominates the legislation. Democrats repeatedly fail to fight for first principles. Voters are angry. Democrats are now the party of incumbency in a nation that again demands change.
It is astounding that Republicans, who adopt nihilism as a strategy and banana-republic obstruction as a tactic, who hope that America fails as a plan and who have popularity at rock-bottom levels, could win a major election victory over Democrats.
With a president who remains on the sidelines and a majority that becomes a mockery, the Senate looks like the movie "Casablanca" without Bogart or Bergman. The 60-vote rule is not respected as the result of a mandate for change, but exploited as a tool of legislative extortion that brings humiliation to one of its prime practitioners, who is now down 30 points in the polls back home.