While I applaud that Marine Mom’s personal commitment to ending the war, Rep. Obey’s frustration here is understandable, too.

Like many other Democrats he is doing what he can to balance support for the existing troops in Iraq with the Democratic effort to stop feeding Bush a blank check to continue the war. There’s also the reality of the political situation in Washington, D.C.

Should we expect anti-war activists to at least have a basic understanding of what people like Obey are dealing with? I think we should. That said, Obey’s expression about “idiot liberals” is unfortunate.