Daschle: Into Newt Territory?

Senate minority leader Tom Daschle may be feeling repercussions from his strong criticism of the war in Iraq. Daschle, who drew fire when he complained just before the war began that President Bush had "failed so miserably at diplomacy," has seen his national poll numbers drop. His unfavorable ratings have reached the high 30s in some polls--"Newt territory," in the words of a Republican strategist, a reference to fiery former House Speaker Gingrich.

Gingrich resigned as House Speaker after his party fared poorly in the 1998 elections. Now some Republicans, smelling blood, are urging former Representative John Thune--who barely lost a...

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