This article in the Washington Post might be the understatement of the century...
Much of current climate, and the current excitement in the democratic party is ominously reminicsent of the failed Clinton reform efforts of the early nineties.
The only thing that has possibly changed is that the public is likely more receptive, mostly due to the current economic downturn. Unfortunately, the american publics ideological opposition to any and all things government may not engender Obama's plans to the public. Only time will tell if his efforts will be more successful.