Donald Rumsfeld, the embattled symbol of an Iraq war gone wrong, resigned as U.S. defence secretary yesterday, only hours after voters expressed their unhappiness with the war by inflicting heavy electoral losses on the Bush administration.
Many saw yesterday's surprise move as a sign that a chastened George W. Bush is searching anew for an honourable way to bring home U.S troops.
More likely, it was a bow to the new reality in Washington.
Bush must now try to work with a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate in his final two years in office.
The Democrats gained their 51st seat in the Senate yesterday with a victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994.
Democrats have long called for Rumsfeld's head, but were joined lately by more and more Republicans.
Watch for the new Democratic-controlled Congress to cut off all funding for the Iraq mission as its first order of business, to be followed by further reductions in defence appropriations.
President Bush had better uncap his veto pen, if he doesn't want Congress to turn Iraq into another Vietnam.