(AP) With Syria off Congress's front burner for a while, Democrats are eager to return to Washington's regularly scheduled gridlock.
Pitched debates loom on the government's budget and debt. Those unflattering endeavors have undermined the nation's credit rating and sunk Congress' popularity in recent years.
At least those debacles made both parties look bad. Not so President Barack Obama's bid for approval from Congress to launch a missile strike against Syria. That put Democratic allies in particular on the spot.
Now they're grateful the military strike has been put off in favor of a new diplomatic effort to get Syria to surrender its chemical weapons. The Democratic Party's House campaign chairman has his fingers crossed that Syria will have disappeared as a campaign issue before the 2014 midterm election.