Rather than belabor some of the points I made in the original post, let me just offer a few quick reactions to some of the responses to my message.
I also agree that it is the job of Democratic elected officials to help shape public opinion, and not just respond passively to opinion thats been aggressively shaped by the Republicans PR machinery. I am simply suggesting, based on my experience, that people will respond to a powerfully progressive agenda when its couched in optimism, pragmatism and our shared American ideals.
Finally, some of you wondered whether I wrote the post myself. I did.
Again, thanks for the comments. I look forward to continued dialogue in the future.
(Cross-posted on the Senate blog: http://obama.senate.gov/blog/)