Fighting Across The Aisle

If Democrats in Congress are about to back Bush on Iraq, why are the two sides zinging each other? Think midterm elections

Something about as rare as the alignment of the outer planets was under way in the Capitol last Wednesday: Tom Daschle was mad, really mad. The famously unflappable Senate majority leader had stormed into an aide's office that morning sputtering, "This is outrageous!" Then he raged some more during a meeting in which he and other Senators were supposed to be reviewing the latest Hispanic polling numbers. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin finally cooled him down: "Count to 10. Call some close friends. Wait an hour before you say anything." When Daschle took the Senate floor later that morning, everyone knew something...

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