Fred Barnes gets it. He says that the media encourages Democrats rage but the White House cannot afford to. Barnes writes that the 1994 Republican Revolution which won the House of Representatives was due in part to Newt Gingrich’s tactics according to congressional Democrats.

“This is madness, but there is method in it. The talk among congressional Democrats is about the tactics Newt Gingrich used as House minority whip in 1993 and 1994. As they remember it, Gingrich opposed, blocked, attacked, zinged, or at least criticized everything President Clinton and Democratic leaders proposed. It was a scorched-earth approach, Democrats believe. And it worked, crippling Clinton and resulting in the 1994 election that gave Republicans control–lasting control, it turned out–of the House and Senate. Now Democrats, after losing three straight elections, hope brutal tactics will work for them.”