The country became so convinced that Kerry was going to win, that the religious Right came out in their droves, handing Bush victory (bear in mind that more voted for "liberal" Kerry than Reagan, but an absolutely huge number voted for Bush).
That's a superficial snapshot of the voiced opinions of those who either don't know the reality or can't face up to it. The reality is far uglier than any liberal Democrat will deal with because it means that they will have to cede their control the party in order for the party.
When JFF I was elected in 1960 the southern states were totally d
Democrat and voted such. Since then, there has not been a candidate from the north or east that has won: Humphrey, Mondale, McGovern, Dutaxus and now JFK II (liberals all). The south is totally now totally Republican and other former Democrat states such as Iowa, Ohio and New Mexico have shifted with the Democrat edge in others like Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota is fading. Since JFK I, all Presidents have come from the south or southern California: Johnson, Bush I and Bush II, Texas; Reagan and Nixon, So. Cal.; Clinton; Arkansas; Carter, Georgia.
Uglier yet, since JFK, all first time (excludes LBJ running as an incumbent) elected candidates have been state Governors, not Senators. Well, what is the signifance of that? Bye-bye Billary, an ultra-liberal New York Senator. If the ultra-liberals don't cede control of the party and try to run her next time bye, you haven't seen defeat yet.
So what is the only hope for a Democratic president? Choose a governor who is a moderate Democrat from a non-northern or non-northeastern state as a candidate or president. Problem is, there aren't any of those left.
Well, lads, that's just the reality of it without any twist or spin.
Who doesn't watch the yappers on CNN; he just reads from history.