Having used antiwar sentiment, and disgust over Katrina, to regain control of Congress, the Democrats have no intention of relinquishing power. They all "support the troops," who are being asked to "lay down their lives for America" in far Mesopotamia - but you didn't expect these people you elected to lay down their political careers for the good of the country... did you?
Of course not. Already Michael Tomasky is praising the Dems for practicing "smart politics," as though winning the White House in 2008 were far more important than "merely" ending the war in Iraq.
How quickly "put us into power and we'll change things" becomes "put us into power and watch it change us."
But (someone protests), can't you at least admit that the Democrats are better than the Republicans? And if you love the country, or care about the world, aren't you obligated to support the lesser of two evils, even if it's only slightly less evil?
To which I reply: What's really evil is being forced to choose between people on the one hand who support the war, and accuse anyone who questions it of "helping the terrorists" - and people on the other who oppose the war, criticize the war, pledge to the end the war, and then vote to keep it going.
Or being asked to choose between the village idiot and someone who's consistently outsmarted by him.