The I-Love-George Contest

In Louisiana's runoff for the Senate, Bush can't lose

For Democrats, the recent trouncing at the polls has triggered a lot of soul-searching. Has the party been too centrist, too wimpy, too afraid to challenge President Bush? Some presidential hopefuls are now vying to move as far from Bush as possible: Al Gore uses words like horrible and immoral to characterize his policies.

But talking tough is not an option in Louisiana, where there's a close battle going on, a runoff (required when no one tops 50%) on Dec. 7 between the top two finishers: incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and state election commissioner Suzanne Terrell. The Republicans' strategy: show...

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