Thursday, March 04, 2004

Senator Sassy

Good for Daschle:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) came under fire from a fellow Republican Tuesday who faulted him for his handling of a gun liability bill.

The bill was soundly defeated after a series of procedural moves by Democrats on the day their presidential standard-bearer returned from the campaign trail.

“It was not our finest hour,” freshman Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said of the controversial bill. It was defeated 90-8 after Democrats successfully added amendments to extend the assault-weapons ban and close the so-called gun show “loophole” and its chief sponsor turned against his own bill.


Another GOP aide said that in the past year, Daschle had grown increasingly “sassy and spanky,” adding, “We’ll just deal with it.” The aide said Republicans tried to persuade Democrats to agree to limit the number of amendments on the bill but “we were turned down.