The Retirement Crisis

With so many Democrats leaving at once, Clinton stands a chance of losing an effective majority

The night before David Boren officially declared last week that he will leave the Senate to preside over the University of Oklahoma, he got a congratulatory call from President Clinton. The President was "really happy" for Boren, he said. But Clinton's feelings were probably much more complicated than that. While the President will be sending off an often rebellious Democratic colleague who opposed him on last year's budget bill, Boren could be replaced by an even more consistent foe: a Republican. Coming just eight weeks after Senate majority leader George Mitchell announced that he will not seek another term, Boren's decision...

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