Thom just quoted Alan Grayson as saying the reason he lost was because Democrats stayed home on election day and Republicans came out to vote. Thus, Thom's conclusion, in effect: Lazy Democrats gave up, and that's who you blame not only for Alan Grayson's defeat but the Democrats' loss of the House too.
What Thom fails to think about is the REASON progressives stayed home—Obama's betrayal of his promises and the realization by progressives that Obama had snookered them, that is, behaved like a Democrat before the election, then changed to a Republican after the election. Thus, it was Obama's own fault that the Dems lost the House.
But the Obama White House, in looking at their loss of the House in 2010, concluded that THE COUNTRY HAD TURNED CONSERVATIVE, RATHER THAN REALIZING THEIR MISTAKE AND RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING TRUE TO THE SMALL "D" DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
Rather than moving to the right, they needed to return to the true center, which is progressive. That way, they might have retained the passion of their progressive base.
As an activist citizen, I am tired of being held accountable for Obama's problems. Let him be the man he tells us he is. I am entitled to vote for a candidate with integrity.