Democratic Leadership Squanders Party's Good Will


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Just six weeks ago, the Democratic leadership in Congress enjoyed a 24% lead over the Bush administration in approval ratings, now the lead has vanished: Not because Bush has risen, but because they have fallen.

Americans opposed to the war in Iraq are the people who put the Democrats in charge of Congress. When the Democrats conceded to Bush and continued to fund the war without restrictions, the Democratic base is now moving to abandon the congressional leadership.

The drop in Congresses approval rating comes almost exclusively from those opposed to the war. People fed up with the war invested their good will in the opposition party, who campaigned on a platform of "a new direction in Iraq" but have delivered more of the same. That good will is now squandered, and our democracy is lesser for it.

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