At the Huffington Post
, psychologist Drew Westen
notes that the Democratic Party is not doing nearly as well as President Obama. (For instance, Democrats have only a very modest lead
in the generic congressional ballot.) Westen
attributes the gap to the silence of Democratic leaders in articulating their agenda. "Someone needs to be in the fray other than the GOP," he says, suggesting that Republicans have had the field to themselves. "The worst thing to be in politics is silent, because it allows the other side to shape public sentiment uncontested."
Nexis offers a rough and ready way to test his explanation. Look at the number of times in the past month that the four party leaders in Congress have appeared in the headline or lead paragraphs of major newspapers and wires. Here are the results:
Harry Reid 209
Mitch McConnell 73Westen
is clearly wrong: if the Democrats have a problem, it's not because they've ceded the media to their GOP counterparts.