The High Price of Gridlock

Lawmakers head home to voters who appear primed to punish Democrats for the mess in Washington

Out in Montana, where politicians often dress like lumberjacks, Republican Senator Conrad Burns derides his Democratic challenger as "Bill Clinton in a plaid shirt." In a North Carolina congressional race, the Republican candidate is airing videotape of his Democratic rival jogging with the unpopular President, as a voice-over intones, "Look who Martin Lancaster is running around with in Washington!" Other TV ads for Republicans across the country are using special effects to morph their Democratic opponents' faces into the visage of President Clinton -- who must wonder why, if he has all these clones on Capitol Hill, he can't pass his...

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