Since Election Day, Democrats have turned from battling the GOP to fighting...each other. Losing begets grumbling, finger-pointing and blame, and there's been plenty to go around. (Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!)
Here's the post-Nov. 4 fight card:
1. Chuck Schumer vs. the ex-Obama speechwriters
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) delivered a speech on Tuesday that was deigned to steer Democrats toward embracing a message that government can be good and that middle class Americans' desperate search for economic relief should be the top focus of the party heading toward 2016. But that message was overshadowed by his comments about the Affordable Care Act. Schumer said health care had been the "wrong problem" to address in 2009 and 2010. Democrats, he said, should have instead focused their energy on economic policies that could have reached a broader slice of the country, he argued. That take didn't sit so well with former Obama speechwriters Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett, who took to Twitter to dismantle Schumer's remarks. "In a way, it's refreshing to see Schumer admit to being so cynical. It's been his MO forever," tweeted Lovett. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also took issue with the third-ranking Senate Democrat's critique.
2. Harry Reid vs. the rank-and-file
Yes, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was re-elected majority leader. But it didn't happen without some dissent and complaints from his caucus. At least six senators have said publicly that they opposed Reid's re-election as their leader, including both senators from the swing state of Virginia. Reid is still the top dog among Senate Democrats. And it's hard to see anyone challenging him for that title so long as he wants it. But there's unhappiness in the ranks.
3. David Krone vs. the White House
Reid's chief of staff was remarkably blunt in his criticism of the White House's midterm political strategy. “I don’t think that the political team at the White House truly was up to speed and up to par doing what needed to get done,” he told The Post's Philip Rucker and Robert Costa for a piece published just after Republicans sealed their Senate majority. It was one of the most dramatic illustrations yet of recent strained relations between party leaders at opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
4. Gwen Graham vs. Nancy Pelosi
Rep-elect Graham (D-Fla.) unseated Republican Steve Southerland in a Tallahassee battleground district this year -- the rare Democratic bright spot in an otherwise disastrous election season for the party. Within weeks, she made it clear: she did not support Nancy Pelosi's reelection as Democratic leader. In the leadership race, it made no difference, as Pelosi was easily chosen for the top spot once again. But Graham's public defiance illustrated one of the truisms embraced by House Democrats from swing districts: Don't appear cozy with the lightning rod Democratic leader.
5. Mid-Atlantic Democrats vs. their party
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) voiced his concerns even before Election Day. “I think it’s the fact that Maryland has not traditionally been in play. So a lot of Democrats were falling asleep at the switch,” he told MSNBC the day before. Then Maryland elected just its second Republican governor in the last five decades. Meanwhile, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) recently groused to Politico, “Why come out and vote for the Democratic Party? There was no message to say: Here’s what we’ve done. I wish the party or whoever had done a national media campaign and say, here’s what you get when you elect Democrats."
For Democrats, November can't end soon enough.