Camille Paglia sums up the situation in Washington:
It is theoretically possible that Obama could turn the situation around with a strong speech on healthcare to Congress this week, but after a summer of grisly hemorrhaging, too much damage has been done. At this point, Democrats’ main hope for the 2012 presidential election is that Republicans nominate another hopelessly feeble candidate. Given the GOP’s facility for shooting itself in the foot, that may well happen.
Of course, the Democrats could continue hemorrhaging and the Republicans could keep shooting themselves in the foot — the possibilities aren’t mutually exclusive. Which, might not be the best thing for the country, but would certainly make for some entertaining blogging.