A LOTT LIKE CLINTON?

THE SENATE LEADER AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE MUCH IN COMMON; THEY'VE EVEN PASSED A FEW GOOD LAWS. NOW WILL THEY HOLD HANDS AND JUMP?

Trent Lott, like Bill Clinton, learned much of what he needed to know about politics in junior high. But if Clinton appealed to the popular kids and made himself the center of attention, Lott made his way more quietly, by rounding up the strays one handshake and one favor at a time.

His family had just moved from the hills of upstate Mississippi to the shipyard town of Pascagoula, so Lott entered the seventh grade as a stranger. He was too slight for such sports as football, so he played tuba in the band. And he had such a space between...

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