War Torn….

War Torn…. The New Republic’s Mike Crowley, who’s one of the most dogged and interesting reporters in Washington, has what must be a grit-your-teeth kind of gig. Being any kind of liberal reporter in DC over the last few years has been depressing enough, but Crowley’s got it worse than most of us: He’s got to cover, close enough to see its institutional nosehairs, the House of Representatives, the place where the Republicans tend to look even more pernicious and theatrical than they do elsewhere, and where the Democrats tend to look even more hopeless and confused. But the persistence of what must be this painful journalistic intimacy means that Crowley frequently generates great pieces of analysis, like this one, just out in TNR, which details the brewing tensions within the Democratic caucus over what the heck the Democratic position on Iraq should be. (A good read, too. Anytime you can get the man my mother calls Dennis Kuspinach into your lead, your article is basically a success). Coming after yesterday’s successful vote, and facing an unknowable Iraqi future, this seems like the opener to one of the critical debates for Democrats over the next yearand a half: What’s the simple message they’re going to send voters about what should be done on Iraq?