Al Gore, left, and Davis Guggenheim pose with the Oscar for best documentary feature for the film "An Inconvenient Truth" (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
On Nov. 3, progressives awoke to find that they had returned to 2004. Despite important legislative victories, Democrats had been outflanked. Republicans had successfully sold themselves as the party of economic growth, the party of the angry out-of-work American, and, most dissonantly, the party of change. They owned the narrative and won big.