Jonathan Alter in Newsweek: “HELLO? ANYONE HOME? I’m not quite sure to whom I should address this, considering that you have no leadership right now. Nancy Pelosi? Tom Daschle? The 42d president turned Harlem globe-trotter? You lost only two seats in the Senate and five in the House, but the situation is much grimmer than those numbers suggest. Democrats actually have some good ideas lying around, but in last week’s election you lacked the vision and guts to offer them to the voters. What we have here, as the warden in ‘Cool Hand Luke’ put it, is a failure to communicate.
“At least after the 1994 wipeout (53 seats lost in the House, 10 in the Senate) you controlled the presidency.”