Democrats took over Congress after the 2006 midterm elections confident they could bring an end to the Iraq war and make other changes.

They failed.

With public approval ratings for Congress plummeting, the Democratic leadership is now looking for ways to cut deals with Republicans to try and advance their stalled legislative agenda.

Call it compromise. Call it political reality. Call it a desire to prevail at the polls next year.

Weary, Wary Lawmakers See Compromise as Way Forward – For most of the year, congressional Democrats have been uncompromising on issues including the Iraq war and expanded health insurance for poor children, believing that public opinion favored them and that Republicans would break with President Bush. But the GOP held firm and Congress’s approval r… [Washington Post Political News]

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