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The long, dark days are over.  We can, at long last…call them french fries again.

The fries on Capitol Hill are French again.

So is the breakfast toast in the congressional cafeterias, with both fries and toast having been liberated from the appellation "freedom."

Three years after House Republicans trumpeted the new names to get back at the French for snubbing the coalition of the willing in Iraq, congressmen don’t even want to talk about french fries, which are actually native to Belgium, and toast.

Neither Reps. Bob Ney of Ohio nor Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, the authors of the culinary rebuke, were willing this week to say who led the retreat, as it were, from the frying pan. But retreat there has been, as a casual observer can see for himself in the House’s basement cafeterias.

When you read the article, be sure to note how the Republican leadership are all pointing fingers at each other to assess blame for the name change.  Mature…really mature.  (More from Steve guest posting at C&L.)

Yep. Your Republican Congress hard at work on issues that are important to you.  Yes, that’s right folks — something on Iraq or the other foreign policy debacles?  Nada.  Solving the nation’s current energy crunch, including the rapidly rising cost of fuel and electricity and our outdated energy infrastructure which is stretched beyond capacity in today’s heat wave?  Zip.  How’s it going on the Gulf Coast and in Florida where they are still rebuilding after two straight years of devastating hurricanes, with another one headed inland as I type — and not enough national guard and reservese to go around in case there is another catastrophe?  Zilch.  Budget deficit?  Nothing on that either

"Now that they’ve changed the name of the french fries back, maybe they will admit their other foreign policy mistakes were wrong, too," said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader.

Not betting on it.  Had enough?