There are some competing historical analogies for the position of Democratic leaders today. Dr. Mead and Mr. Sullivan think that Obama is a Tory.
Meanwhile, another analogy is a bit more medieval: it sees the struggle as a fight between the clerics and the yeomen.
The latter opinion makes a little more sense to me. I always thought that the new Robin Hood was the most politically relevant movie of recent years.
If you haven't watched it in a while, now's a good time.