How did the Democrats get to this place of rubble and dry bones?
The Media brought them here. The MSM were cheerleaders for the Democrats in general, and for Obama and Obamacare in particular. I keep saying that the clearest evidence of bias is not what (and how) it's reported, but what's not reported. The clear implications of Obamacare were simply not reported. When some J. Random Republican said things like "people won't be able to keep the insurance that they like because we need young, healthy people on new, higher cost plans to provide the money to subsidize older and sicker people", well the MSM just dropped that down the Memory Hole.*
And so four years of Memory Hole led to a series of tactical victories for the Democrats - the passage of Obamacare and the re-election of Obama to name two. But now the law is fair upon us, and millions of people are losing their plans. And since there are no Republican fingerprints on this mess, the Democrats who are up for re-election are now panicking.
And worse is to come. Things were memory holed that describe what has not yet come to pass: "Doctors will drop out of practice because this law results in them making less money, and so supply and demand says that you'll get less supply of doctors". How's that one going to play out in 2015?
The Democrats simply never would be in this fine mess if they hadn't had enablers in the MSM. An actual real debate, honestly reported, would have prevented this mess of a law from being passed and the disaster of the 2010 elections and next year's looming fiasco would not be on the table. But rather than instilling some much needed caution, the MSM egged on Obama and the Democrats in Congress.
Obama has never been personally very popular among Congressional Democrats. Quite frankly, he doesn't seem much like a very likeable person. Now we are seeing just how little hold he has over his party. This is another example of what the MSM never reported, which turns out to have hurt Mr. Obama very badly indeed.
The Czar of Muscovy sums it up:
Observers are carefully noting that Congressional democrats are dividing between those who believe the President is calling the play and those who think he’s about to torch the party. Everybody is aware the worst news about Obamacare should be hitting Americans in late summer of 2014 in time for the elections.And so, the collapse. Like the sudden snapping of a cable under tension. The energy that had been slowly stored in the line, and gradually built up to the breaking point is now unleashed. The ends of the now free wire propels it at ruinous speed towards any objects nearby. What's closest right now are the Congressional Democrats.
* Their preferred method of doing this is reporting this in paragraph 13 on page A23. That way they can claim that they did actually report it. If your child used this sort of excuse to you, you would send him to bed without supper.