Over at The Plank Michael Crowley finds hidden meaning in the retreat from the preening arogance of "freedom fries":
As a symbolic, almost literary device, it's hard to imagine something that could capture the arc of Bush/DeLay-era Capitol Hill more perfectly than this stunt. Back when the House cafeterias changed their menus in March 2003, House Republicans enjoyed near-total power and diplayed an arrogance to match. But a few years later, look at what's happened: The war that the French opposed has turned out to be a disaster. The initial proponent of the menu switch, North Carolina Republican Walter Jones, has since said Iraq was invaded "with no justification," and displays faces of U.S. soldiers killed in action outside his office.