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The Democrats have been in control of Congress for almost year. Yet, I cannot think of one thing they’ve done that makes me happy they gained control in the midterm elections in November. I am not even willing to subscribe to the idea that Republicans would be worse because I do not believe that to be true anymore. The illusion that they are better than Republicans on all counts is an illusion the Democratic Leadership and the DNC creates because it’s the only way they can get votes.

When was the last time somebody told you about a policy or a measure a Democrat was implementing that made you happy to elect them? When was the last election where everyone voted for Democrats because they were going to make a much-needed reform in America on education, health care, energy policy, worker’s rights, the environment, etc.?

In 2006, were people voting for Democrats because they would end the war or because there was more chance that the war would be ended if they were elected instead of Republicans? If Democrats were voted for because they would end the war before any Republican would, than we have a clear situation of the “lesser two evils” voting that occurs regularly in our broken electoral system. If they were voted for because they would end the war, than they need to end the war now---because people were voting for a reform in policy.

They don’t need to end the war now because it is necessary. They need to end the war now because it is now a political liability. This is the Democrats’ war now. They gained control of it when they won Congress in 2006.

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Nancy Pelosi would like Americans to think differently, but the truth is the Democrats now need this war if they hope to have any chance of winning in the election. They need Americans to be angry at them. And they need to continue blaming Republicans for the desparities created by this war or else people will start looking at how weak the Democratic leaders of America are.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.

"They like this war. They want this war to continue," Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters. She expressed frustration over Republicans' ability to force majority Democrats to yield ground on taxes, spending, energy, war spending and other matters.

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"We thought that they shared the view of so many people in our country that we needed a new direction in Iraq," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference in the Capitol. "But the Republicans have made it very clear that this is not just George Bush's war. This is the war of the Republicans in Congress."

War of the Republicans? How could that be if Democrats control Congress? And is Nancy really prepared to say the Republicans like this war---that this war is an asset to them?

"I shouldn't say they like the war," she said. "They support the war, the course of action that the president is on."

"And that was a revelation to me," she said, "because I thought the American people's voices were so - and still are - so strong in this regard."

No, she could never say they like the war and stick by it because she likes the war just as much if not more. And even if she didn't the Democrats are weak and would never put that weight on anyone in the party---the weight of having to talk about this war serving the politicians, the war pigs.

While it’s been “a catastrophic mistake,” as she is recently quoted saying, it is a catastrophic mistake that can be profited off of. And how so?

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Pelosi said Democrats have been fiscally responsible and attuned to the public's concerns. As a result, she said, voters will reward Democrats in next year's presidential and congressional elections.

Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have fine tuned their strategy. Since winning Congress, they have sought to come out in favor of a withdrawal but not a full-blown pullout. They’ve sought to not be for “cut and run” but for a secure occupation, an occupation that would be short but necessary to train Iraqi security and allow us to complete “the job” we went to Iraq to do (and the job at this point could be whatever you deem it to be).

Pelosi and Democrats figured out a way to con Americans into believing, once again, that they were going to be our savior. Democrats would bring the troops home through redeployment in the first few months in office. Democrats would put an end to the quagmire and would also hold Bush, Cheney, and other members of the Bush administration accountable.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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