Lott's Trial Balloon

Is he statesman enough to sell his plan for a quick Senate decision on Clinton?

Susan Collins, the junior Senator from Maine, was sifting through a pile of Christmas cards at her home in Bangor one morning last week when the phone rang. "Hello, Susan!" said the smooth baritone voice on the other end of the line. It was Trent Lott, the Senate majority leader, calling from his home in Pascagoula, Miss., and wanting to talk about the biggest issue to confront the Senate in a generation: the impeachment trial of President Clinton. Hearing from Lott was a relief to Collins, a moderate Republican in a Democratic-leaning state where the President remains popular. It was even...

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