The reason the democrats caved is no big mystery. This way they don’t have to take responsibility. By passing the buck to Bush, the war will be his responsibility, and if not going to war was the wrong thing to do, it won’t be the Democrat’s responsibility either.
“BUSH’S BIG SPEECH. Here’s the text, courtesy of The New York Times. Here’s a Washington Post piece explaining how the Democrats basically caved, a phenomenon which we will enjoy watching be dissected in some magazine article or another soon. (It’s a mystery, especially when polls show most Americans feeling the very same doubts that the Democrats do about a unilateral invasion. It’s like Bush has them mesmerized.)”