Perhaps the Senate Democreats were looking at yesterday's Gallup poll numbers and realized they might be headed in the wrong directions themselves.
The Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation that would cut off money for combat operations in Iraq after March 31, 2008.
The vote was a loss for Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., and other Democrats who want to end the war. But the effort picked up support from members, including presidential hopefuls previously reluctant to limit war funding _ an indication of the war's unpopularity among voters.
The proposal lost 29-67 on a procedural vote, falling 41 votes short of the necessary votes to advance.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democratic presidential front-runner, previously opposed setting a deadline on the war. But she said she agreed to back the measure 'because we, as a united party, must work together with clarity of purpose and mission to begin bringing our troops home and end this war.'
Sen. Barack Obama, another leading 2008 prospect, said he would prefer a plan that offers more flexibility but wanted 'to send a strong statement to the Iraqi government, the president and my Republican colleagues that it's long past time to change course.'