When Democrats needed a pep talk and reassurance, they didn't get any. Now, in the midst of a growing skepticism, the president has only one weapon in his arsenal that can restore that confidence: Action.
There is no sympathy to be had for Coakley. She should be deeply, deeply ashamed. But there is an option that could result in a health care bill that's better than it would have been had Coakley not lost Ted Kennedy's seat for the Democrats.