Election 2000: Trent Lott: The Prickly Pragmatist:

TRENT LOTT, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

The man with what Brookings Institution fellow Charles Jones calls "one of the least attractive jobs in the world right now" is Senate majority leader Trent Lott. His power, never formidable in an institution famous for its decentralization, is more splintered than ever, with a large liberal minority and a conservative caucus tired of acceding to the Clinton agenda. Does Lott have what it takes to get anything done?

That depends on which Lott shows up to lead. Will it be the bitter Republican partisan who last May got into a shouting match with Tom Daschle on the Senate floor--the...

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