A Maine Man Heads Home

Will the majority leader go to the major leagues?

Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is that rare breed of politician who is both partisan and fair-minded. Last week he stunned colleagues on both sides of the aisle by announcing that, after 14 years of service, he will not seek another term. Steering clear of the rage for nasty partings Mitchell instead offered his colleagues warm words of praise: "I'll leave the Senate with good feelings. It's a great institution."

But Mitchell's decision promises only headaches for his fellow Democrats. At a time when President Clinton is trying to push through reform bills on health care, welfare and crime, the Democrats...

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