Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is mad as heck, and he's not going to take it anymore. First he appeared on the Senate floor in September to protest accusations made by President Bush that Senate Democrats are "not interested in the security of the American people." The vehemence of Daschle's speech -- in which he whipped off his glasses and proclaimed the president's words "outrageous" -- was so uncharacteristic of the normally vanilla senator that many members of the press portrayed the statement as mere political posturing. Then at a press briefing on Nov. 20, Daschle took on another political adversary, telling reporters, "What happens when Rush Limbaugh attacks those of us in public life is that people aren't satisfied just to listen. They want to act because they get emotionally invested . . . and the threats to those of us in public life go up dramatically, on our families and on us, in a way that's very disconcerting." This time, Daschle's comments were variously characterized by...
While the nation scrutinizes Florida to guess the outcome of the
presidential race, somebody had better keep an eye on Auburn,
Maine, the home of the Democrats' best chance to take back
the Senate. Although the anticipated fight for control of the
House of Representatives has fizzled in a wave of incumbent
reelections, the normally staid Senate could yet be host to some
fast and furious trading of perks and promises as both parties try
to cement a majority.
The new margin in the Senate is a 50-49 split in favor of the
Republicans, with the Washington state race still too close to
call. Even if Democratic challenger Maria Cantwell emerges the
victor from that contest and the Senate divides evenly for the
first time in over 100 years, most agree that Republicans would
still retain control: Either Vice President Cheney would break
the tie or Connecticut's GOP governor would appoint a
Republican to fill...