Even by the not-stellar standards of modern politics, the campaign of 2014 was a disappointment. It was the Year of No Ideas. The Democrats had nothing to say and said it ineptly, running from the achievements of recent years -- the Affordable Care Act, falling unemployment rates, a soaring stock market -- and from the president who presided over them like Usain Bolt from a house fire, defending themselves from Republican attack about as effectively as the Iraqi Army defends Iraq. Which is to say, not very. The party presented no compelling argument for itself. It didn't just lack the courage of its convictions; it also lacked its convictions.