On April 17, 2009, I posted a piece entitled, The Deuce On Power ( see the April archives for this post ).
On July 7, 2009, David Kahane writing for National Review Online expressed much the same view as I did regarding the Republicans unwillingness to exercise political power. Kahane uses the relentless attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin to demonstrate the willingness of Democrats to exercise political power in order to drive from office a hated Republican enemy.
In short, Republicans can not hope to win the the national gunfight with Democrats when all they bring to the fight is a knife.