John Glenn, Donorgate Pit Bull

The mild-mannered Senator turns fierce Democratic defender

During his 23 years in the Senate, Ohio Democrat John Glenn never made much of a splash. But the mild-mannered former astronaut has suddenly been transformed into his party's heat-seeking missile--aimed at keeping the Donorgate hearings from becoming a Democratic debacle. The senator's feisty counteroffensive and surprise disclosures on the opening day of the hearings on July 8 rattled the GOP and added a dash of drama. Such a partisan performance by one of the Senate's most plodding straight-shooters had Washington agog.

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