Fasten Your Seat Belts

Tom Daschle is trying to help Trent Lott land the impeachment plane. But hang on--it's going to be bumpy

Last week should have been a bad one for Tom Daschle. The Senate minority leader watched his party get flattened by the Republicans on five crucial impeachment votes. According to the partisan handbook that has so often held sway over these proceedings, Daschle's final defeat--when the G.O.P. rammed through its road map for the next week--should have sent him to the microphones. There he should have struck an aggrieved pose and bloviated freely, blaming the vindictive Republicans for shattering Senate comity in their hell-bent effort to destroy the President, or some such transgression. But instead he threw out the handbook. The...

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