In 2006 we Democrats began to reverse a trend of losing which was caused by arm-chair QB rants like yours. You would not see the GOP constantly critique their leaders over things that they did because they thought they had to.I guess I wholly disagree with Mr. A. I don't think the Democrats lost those elections because they often disagreed with each other. I think they lost because they were consistently unwilling to stand up for the Democratic Party's traditional constituencies and principals. As a result, they looked weak, indecisive, insincere, and untrustworthy. By failing to consistently stick up for their principals, the Dems alienated liberals and lost the trust of moderates. After all, "if even the Dems wouldn't stand up for Democratic policies, those policies couldn't be any good" thought too many middle of the road Americans.
Note the recent national success of a new breed of tell it like it is Democrats, like Tester and Webb.
As for A's second point, take a close look at just where the Republicans' refusal to consider dissenting view points has taken both them and our country! Note that in the great conflicts of the 20th Century, the freer more open societies generally triumphed over closed, repressive regimes. There's a lesson in there for you A.
And finally, I find the idea that failing to vote for the tax cut would have lost any of our local elections to be pretty misguided. For example, there was simply no way on earth Calvin Ball was going to lose to a candidate who was so inept that she forgot to put her name in her newspaper ad. Especially in the blue wave of 2006. I do realize, that the vote came at a difficult time. After working so hard for so long and carrying the hopes of so many other people, one doesn't want to see that all go down the drain at the last minute. However, today is a new day, if our elected officials won't do the right thing now, then when?
Please also note: so far, I have not criticized anyone personally as A suggests, I just complained about the policy. But on the other hand, what am I supposed to do, give elected officials a free pass when and if they do wrong, just because they are Democrats? Thats not the way the Democratic Party works, its the way the Republican Party acts.