"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Besides, we all know that the only way to obtain a majority is by a) convincing as many as possible that your ideas are right, and b) convincing as many people as possible that your opponents' ideas are wrong.
Democrats have been on offense for eight long years. They're now playing defense and I get the distinct impression that they're uncomfortable in the role. They'd better get used to it. And fast. Obama's economy is tanking faster than anything I've seen in my lifetime. Which might actually be a good thing for him at the moment... since it's taking all attention from his outrageous foreign policy blunders (secret letter to Russia?!? Jimmy Carter couldn't have thought of something that high-schoolish!)
What's going to get really interesting is when the Iraq 'withdrawal' starts. Obama's kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one. The drawdown won't be nearly as fast or as complete as his hard left supporters will demand. And they'll be furious as fighting in Afghanistan ramps up.
This is going to be a fun ride, folks!