I listened to Washington congressman Brian Baird interviewed yesterday and was astounded at how utterly out of touch he was both in his assesment of the situation in Iraq and politics here it at home. He kept referring to discussions with the troops and how most of them want to "win." He dodged a direct question on the nature of the mission and the appropriateness of using soldiers to carry out vague, non-military mandates. He bobbed, weaved and floated like a butterfly and stung like a, well, butterfly.
Democrats in congress should be ashamed of themselves. They've gotten so used to acting reflexively against their base that they've taken up a position that puts them squarely on the wrong side of the majority of the country. They can try and hide behind mealy-mouthed nonsense about how this is the "first time congress has set a timetable for withdrawal" all they want. Nobody is buying it, least of all the people that helped put them in office in the first place.