The Dems were swept into office on the tide of disgust we all feel for the Bush administration--one of the most corrupt and inept administrations in the history of the U.S. But they're already busy showing how little they are different from the people they've replaced. The pork-filled bill on troop withdrawal is an excellent example. Since the American people (and the Iraqi people, for that matter) overwhelmingly support troops withdrawal, why not send a short, clear bill to the president to either sign or veto. If the Dems, with their majority, can't get the bill to pass, then leave that up to the voters--we'll write down the names of the pro-war Democrats and kick them out of office next time their terms come up. But the current wishy-washy bill doesn't do anything--except for demonstrate a lack of spine.
But what can we expect? Many of these Democrats were the ones who initially went along with the war and the Patriot Act in the first place. I suggest that when the next vote comes around, we all do our best to kick virtually every incumbent out of office. Both parties are clearly completely out of touch with the American voter and the world at large. And Hillary, who is already talking about keeping a lasting presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, is a non-starter.