Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°" and "State of the Union," as well as participating in special events coverage.
Washington (CNN) - It's not easy being a Democrat these days.
All that hope and optimism just 17 months ago, and now Democrats are scrambling to try and keep their congressional majorities.
Republicans, who have become professional critics, are finding that saying no is a winning strategy, at least in the short term. When voters are asked which party's candidate they would prefer to vote for, they now say the GOP by 5 points. In 2008, it was the Democrats who were the favorites by a whopping 10 points.
Those were the good ol' days for the Democrats.