I write this from a perspective of sympathy with Obama’s aims and overall support for his performance over the past two years. But Obama’s dismissive analysis omits the non-emergency choices he made – primarily to press for and, in the end, muscle through the passage of health-care reform – and the ensuing discomfort of voters…

I have less confidence in Pelosi’s adaptability. “No regrets,” Pelosi told ABC’s Diane Sawyer. “Should we have been talking about it more, and working on it less – that’s a question.” But, she said, “Nine-and-a-half percent unemployment is a very eclipsing event.”

Hoo boy. Losing 60-plus seats is a very eclipsing event too. It would be nice to see some recognition that what we have here is not only a failure to communicate. Democrats are making a big mistake if they think their problem was as simple as not enough talking.