"Unrest In Our Caucus"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sees unrest among House Democrats over the war in Afghanistan, specifically its cost, The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim reports. "There is unrest in our caucus about: can we afford this war?" Pelosi said on a conference call with financial reporters and bloggers.

Prominent Democrats David Obey (WI), who chairs the Appropriations Committee, and John Murtha (PA), a close ally of Pelosi's who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, both want any troop increase to be fully paid for.

Pelosi pulled her caucus together in 2007 to oppose new funding for the Iraq war without benchmarks; now, it's a Democratic president who will be asking congressional Democrats to go along with more troops, and she may be in the position of trying to sway them into agreement with the Obama administration--oddly similar and opposite to her role during the Bush years.