John McCain is wrong to say that political criticism of war hero Bob Dole is out of bounds

It pains me greatly to defend Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican, in any circumstance. But fair is fair, and Cruz has been unfairly criticized for something he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference the other day. Cruz opined that Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole (above), John McCain and Mitt Romney were unsuccessful at the ballot box because they didn’t sufficiently articulate conservative principles on the campaign trail. The next day, McCain went on TV and said this: “I spoke to Ted Cruz. He and I have a...

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Where are George McGovern and Bob Dole when we really need them?

On more than a few occasions in recent  years, I’ve had cause to pine for the congressional comity of not so long ago. So, too, has political scientist Norm Ornstein, as we see HERE: The news that there will be no farm bill this year, after three futile years of embarrassing setbacks and turmoil, made me reflect on the larger issues. Exhibit A is the farm bill, the poster child for the state of dysfunction in Congress and American politics. In 1969-70, my first year in Washington, George McGovern memorably took to the Senate floor to...

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Former GOP Sen. Bob Dole says he and Ronald Reagan couldn’t make it in today’s Republican Party

As I’ve said here on many previous occasions, Ronald Reagan would be considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by the extremists in today’s GOP. Bob Dole, who was a party leader for many years and its presidential nominee in 1996, agrees with me. [youtube]http://youtu.be/HUfvOSmLwZ8[/youtube]

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Not even Bob Dole in a wheelchair can keep GOP extremists from rejecting disabilities treaty

To the wackier elements of the Republican coalition, anything bearing the label of the United Nations is part of a nefarious plot to undermine American sovereignty and sap us of our precious bodily fluids. Consequently, we had THIS SORRY SPECTACLE today: Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole [above] made a rare Senate appearance this morning, sitting in a wheelchair just off the floor so that members would have to see him as they entered the chamber. Why? Because they were poised to vote on ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights...

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Bob Dole says Bob Dole doesn’t like Newt Gingrich

      OK, I’ll admit it. I probably wouldn’t have written a post on this matter but for the opportunity to write a headline mocking Bob Dole’s curious penchant for referring to himself in the third person. Anyway, Dole SAYS the misfortunes of the Republican ticket in 1996, with him at the top of it, were partly the blame of…guess who? (Oh, right. You already read the headline.) Anyway, here’s some of what Dole says about the Newtster in a statement released by Mitt Romney’s campaign: If...

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