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Some nasty stuff's on the way for the Democratic deal on Iraq, which sets multiple withdrawal deadlines and complex "certification" requirements while tacking on consolation prizes for don't-touch-the-funding Dems like $1 billion for pandemic flu preparedness and $500 million for wildfire suppression. Here's the bitchy subtitle of today's Post's lead editorial: "It makes perfect sense, if the goal is winning votes in the United States."

Wince. But I don't think it even does make perfect sense as a purely political strategy: The plan faces immense obstacles to get to the House floor, at which point it probably won't pass the Senate, and if it did, it'd be summarily vetoed -- drawing Democrats into a constitutional showdown with Bush. Is that what people are interested in?

--Eve Fairbanks

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