Markos posted his first Newsweek op-ed. I thought it was quite good. Read it for yourself but here's the closing grafs.
If Reid and Pelosi stand firm they will finally fulfill one of their key 2006 campaign promises, proving they have the courage to stand tough for what they believe, while giving the vast majority of the American people what they want.
If they yield they will reinforce perceptions of Democratic weakness. Worse, they will be siding with an unpopular president and an unpopular Republican Party over an unpopular war, and their own popularity will suffer as a result.
The options to those of us outside of the Beltway are so obvious it's truly unfathomable that we are still left wondering which path the Democrats will take.
The last line really nails it I think. The Beltway has become so insular that I believe they honestly don't comprehend that the rest of America lives in a whole different reality.