Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is mad as heck, and he's not going to take it
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.
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.