While it may not have been sonicfrog’s purpose to explain the difficulties the Democrats are currently facing, I do think his latest reflection gets at the problems of the majority party:
Conservatives are united behind a few simple ideas, and liberals are a group of divergent people united behind a few simple ideals. The former is much easier to craft into policy than the latter.
There is a huge difference between ideas and ideals.
I know I have more to say on this, but just caught it before bed, so thought I’d put it out there for debate and discussion.