The Democratic House and Senate have knuckled under. The omnibus spending bill that the President wanted has passed the Senate. The House is expected to ratify.

Spineless. Utterly impotent. Colossal, monumental failure. The Democratic takeover in Congress has been astonishingly weak. Time and time again Pelosi has failed to deliver on the promises she’s made as speaker. Time and time again she’s suffered embarrassing defeats. It’s really quite a spectacle to watch the majority party whine and capitulate repeatedly to the minority party.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “The four senators seeking the Democratic presidential nomination — Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Barack Obama of Illinois — missed the debate [on the spending bill].” So they want us out of Iraq, but they can’t be bothered to actually show up and debate the issue. Why? Because then they’d be on record.

For the record, I’m against a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq and I do not agree with the leading Democratic voices on foreign policy. But at least I could respect an honest, principled difference of opinion. But the fact that they couldn’t stand their ground speaks volumes about their commitment to principles.