There is some risk in this, given the record of her fund raising activities in New York and other places, but the truth is that a failure to walk away from the president’s fantasy world would have killed her chances to gain the democratic Perty nomination in ’08 and certainly would have made her the kind of "leper" in the national election that McCain and others will be as a result of their support of the catastrophe being inflicted on the US and Iraq by the neocons and President Bush.
The new Congress may have the guts to want to do something about the Bushworld policy announced last night, but the constitutional truth is that it has few tools with which to dictate policy. President Bush hopes to expand the Army and Marines to "cover" the shortfalls being created by his escalation in Iraq. That will probably succeed. There is a vast reservoir of young people from small towns in the United States who can be recruited and those who think that willingness to serve is about money need to get out into the country more.
Nevertheless, the situation will continue to degenerate and I forecast that by the Summer of ’08 our situation will be so bad that any Democrat could be elected. I suggest that by that time a Clinton/Webb ticket will start to look good to many. pl