Doesn’t Jan. 4 seem a distant memory? Barely two weeks into the 110th Congress, opening day pleasantries about bipartisanship are stale bread, and a full-tilt struggle is under way between the legislative and executive branches. As Democrats weigh putting Congress on record opposing the president’s plan to send more troops to Iraq, Vice President Cheney scoffs that “You cannot run a war by committee.

When the non-partisan Center on Congress at Indiana University asked a select group of 39 top academic experts to grade Congress’ performance in 2006 on a series of 18 questions, the experts gave members the worst marks – “D