Monday, December 6, 2021

Bob Dole: Soldier, lawmaker, and the most humble Republican of all time (1923-2021)

 Flags are flying at half staff in Washington, and, we assume, Federal offices across the country, today in memory of former Kansas Rep. & Senator Robert Dole, who passed away Sunday at 98.

To say that Dole lived a full life might well be an apt description. He served in the Army in World War II. Post-war, he became a lawyer until his first election to Congress, specifically, the House of Representatives, in 1960. After four terms in the House, Dole was elected to the Senate in 1968, and would remain there until he ran for President in 1996, losing to Bill Clinton. Dole retired after the 1996 campaign.

Dole was also frank and honest about his physical health, accepting an offer from Pfizer to do an ad to educate viewers about erectile dysfunction.

Dole was mocked on Saturday Night Live in sketches by Norm McDonald, who recently passed away earlier this year, McDonald's Dole spoke in the 3rd person much of the time.

In 2016, Dole endorsed, albeit reluctantly, one would think, Donald Trump for President, after three failed attempts at the White House of his own, and a run at Vice President alongside Gerald Ford against Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale in 1976.

In effect, with the dysfunction in the Republican Party today, bowing down to Trump and his followers, Dole was one of the last traditional Republicans. Rest in peace.

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