The Kentucky Fifth District voted to "stay the course" on the Iraqi War in 2006, when they defeated the Democratic Candidate for Congress, and re-elected the Republican "stay the course" candidate Hal Rogers. I predict the U.S. military occupation of Iraq, which has already costed over 3,000 U.S. service people's lives, will drag on for another two years, with more U.S. combat deaths in Iraq. The Democrats have a majority in the U.S. House, but the pro-war Republicans and a handful of pro-war Democrats are enough to keep the U.S. military occupation of Iraq going for another two years. However, I agree with the following assessment by the blogspot Daily Kos:
"It's clear that lots of Republicans are already panicking about their 2008 chances, and it won't be long before most of the Republican senators up for reelection in 2008 are fervent war opponents, as well as any House Republican who won her or his reelection battle by single digits.
"But it won't save them, just like it didn't save Lincoln Chafee.
"This is the Republicans' war. They bought it. They broke it. They own it. And they will suffer the brunt of it.
"And the more Bush and McCain escalate the war, the deeper the consequences will be.
"So don't fret that Congressional Dems can't unilaterally get us out of that mess. That power is vested in the president. But the bigger the mess Republicans make of the war, the bigger our victories in 2008. And if we make those big gains in Congress and the White House, ending this war will be tops on our 2009 agenda." Kenneth Stepp.