I think the biggest problem we Democrats face in the next four years is a lack of national figures. John Kerry personified this issue. Most people had no idea who he was when he won the Democratic primary. Since he had no national identity, it was exceedingly easy for Republicans to paint him into whatever they wished. I believe this is why we have the Barack Obama phenomenon because Democrats are desperate for anyone that is truely charismatic to step into the forefront of the party.