Urging the Boss to Lighten Up

The annual retreat for Democratic Senators in the Virginia Tidewater is usually a relaxed affair, with the attractions of golf, beer and barbecue. But for Bill Clinton it was a chance for another 12-hour day of nonstop talk about health care, Bosnia and the deficit. As his hosts tried to sneak in a drink or a bite of supper from the buffet, Clinton was all business and going strong, guzzling mineral water straight from the bottle and grilling individual Senators about how they would reform campaign finance or move the pesky crime bill.

Senators normally prize that kind of courtship, but...

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