There certainly came a time after the dust had settled at Ground Zero when the Democrats should have begun pushing back in a serious and sustained way. With few exceptions, they have not done so even after winning convincingly in the 2006 mid-term elections.
I was going to write about that but the estimable Booman beat me to it:
"There's no question that Barack Obama has been riding the wave of a generational zeitgeist, having captured in an elegant form the feelings of disgust and longing and sudden hardship of the younger half of America. There is no question about that. But even though that's been the case until now . . . now, Barack Obama has cracked up on the shoals and rang out a tremendously discordant note.
"The whole party has been riding on the crest of a high wave that promises to inundate and destroy the rot of a Washington Establishment that has failed us . . . dishonored our past and robbed us of the future we deserved and our children deserved. But we cannot forget that Barack Obama is but one man. And the Washington he hopes to lead is currently run entirely by the very people that have been instrumental in the failures that have so disappointed the nation. What has happened is that failures like Jay Rockefeller and Silvestre Reyes, and political strategies like those espoused by the Blue Dogs and the Democratic Leadership Council's New Democrats, have reached up from beneath the sea foam and tossed Obama off his board. Obama is a skilled surfer of political waters, but he is not a world champion. Not yet, anyway.
"It shouldn't have been this way. Barack Obama is running against history, he's running against the Clinton diehards, he's running against the Common Wisdom of the punditocracy, he's running against John McCain and the sitting president. He shouldn't be forced to run against the leadership of his own party in Congress, as well. It is a failure of leadership on Pelosi, Reid, and Hoyer's part to even put this added burden on Obama. But they put this burden on him nonetheless and we are forced to ask him to take on this burden. We are forced to ask him to take on this burden because he is our last line of defense. No one else has the power to stop the bulldozer that threatens to earth over our Fourth Amendment rights."