The 107th Congress faced a time like no other in the life of the nation. This was the era of the first presidential election to be decided by the United States Supreme Court, the fifty-fifty Senate, the horror of September 11, the war on terrorism, corporate scandals that shook the economy, the inexorable move toward war with Iraq, and other dramatic events, all leading up to the historic midterm elections of 2002.
Tom Daschle and Trent Lott are two of the most prominent senators of recent time. Both served in their respective parties' leadership positions from the 1990s into the current century, and they have almost 60 years of service between them. Their congressional tenure saw the Reagan tax cuts, a deadlocked Senate, the Clinton impeachment, 9/11 and the Iraq War. Despite the tumultuous times, and despite their very real ideological differences, they have always maintained a positive working relationship.
"Required reading for a new administration"
Tom Daschle, former United States Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota, speaks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 27, 2008.
"Good book, terrible narration"