11/5/04 9:00 AM EST
Democrats Examine Defeat, Plot Future Course
Democrats are examining their sweeping defeat Tuesday, the Christian Science Monitor reports, writing that the party's "best-funded and best-organized effort in history" could not prevent the losses. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said the self-examination "is not about soul-searching" but about better selling the message to the public, the Houston Chronicle notes. New leadership could be in store, the Wall Street Journal notes, with former Clinton aide Harold Ickes and Virginia Gov. Mark Warner mentioned as possible DNC chairs. And already, names are being floated for the next presidential round, with USA Today listing Sens. Evan Bayh and Hillary Clinton, Govs. Rod Blagojevich, Phil Bredesen, Mike Easley, Janet Napolitano, Bill Richardson, Tom Vilsack, and Mark Warner, and John Edwards as possibilities.