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Bob Dole Scolds GOP: Reagan Wouldn't Make It In Today's Republican Party | ThinkProgress
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) told Fox News Sunday this week that the Senate Republicans are abusing the filibuster and that he doubts he, Richard Nixon, or Ronald Reagan could make it in today’s Republican Party.
Asked his thoughts on the modern GOP, Dole — a former Republican national chairman, the 1976 GOP vice presidential pick, and the 1996 Republican presidential nominee — suggested, to host Chris Wallace, that the party lacks any positive ideas and is no longer a place for even conservative Republicans like himself:
WALLACE: What do you think of your party, the Republicans today?
DOLE: I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says “closed for repairs” until New Year’s Day next year — and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.
WALLACE: You describe the GOP of your generation as Eisenhower Republicans, moderate Republicans. Could people like you, even Ronald Reagan — could you make it in today’s Republican Party.
DOLE: I doubt it. Reagan couldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it, cause he had ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it.
politics  republicans  ronaldreagan  history  BobDole 
may 2013 by jtyost2
Senate Republicans’ profiles in moral cowardice
Just to be clear, Santorum is saying that the treaty gives the U.N. too much power, and also that it won’t give the U.N. enough power. Nevertheless, this pseudo-logic seems to have persuaded some of those 38 senators — for instance, Utah’s Mike Lee, Oklahoma’s James Inhofe, Alabama’s Jeff Sessions and Arizona’s Jon Kyl, the four Republicans willing to speak against the treaty from the Senate floor.
But the actions of many of their colleagues makes one doubt how many Republicans truly believed they were doing the right thing.
republicans  politics  congress  disabilities  ricksantorum  usa  UnitedNations  BobDole  senate 
december 2012 by jtyost2
The Caucus: Dole Releases Stinging Critique of Gingrich
I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich, but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway.

Gingrich served as speaker from 1995 to 1999 and had trouble within his own party. Already in 1997 a number of House members wanted to throw him out as speaker. But he hung on until after the 1998 elections when the writing was on the wall. His mounting ethics problems caused him to resign in early 1999. I know whereof I speak as I helped establish a line of credit of $150,000 to help Newt pay off the fine for his ethics violations. In the end, he paid the fine with money from other sources.

Gingrich had a new idea every minute and most of them were off the wall. He loved picking a fight with Bill Clinton because he knew this would get the attention of the press. This and a myriad of other specifics helped to topple Gingrich in 1998.

In my run for the presidency in 1996 the Democrats greeted me with a number of negative TV ads, and in every one of them Newt was in the ad. He was very unpopular and I am not only certain that this did not help me, but that it also cost House seats that year. Newt would show up at the campaign headquarters with an empty ice-bucket in his hand — that was a symbol of some sort for him — and I never did know what he was doing or why he was doing it.

In my opinion if we want to avoid an Obama landslide in November, Republicans should nominate Governor Romney as our standard bearer. He has the requisite experience in the public and private sectors. He would be a president we could have confidence in.
BobDole  politics  republicans  2012  election  NewtGingrich  usa 
january 2012 by jtyost2
Bob Dole Endorses Mitt Romney -
Along with The Des Moines Register, Bob Dole on Sunday is endorsing Mitt Romney.

In an “open letter” in the Register to Iowa voters, Mr. Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, said Mr. Romney was the party’s “best hope” for defeating President Obama.

As governor of Massachusetts Mr. Romney “managed to both balance the state’s budget and cut taxes while dealing with an overwhelmingly Democratic state legislature,” Mr. Dole wrote.

Mr. Dole has a tortured history with Newt Gingrich, whose lead in the Iowa polls may have peaked. In the 1996 presidential campaign, Democrats tried to tie Mr. Dole to Speaker Gingrich’s histrionics by branding him “Dole/Gingrich,” much the way Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has branded the current front-runners as “Newt/Romney.”

In Mr. Gingrich’s memorable way, he once put down Mr. Dole, who prided himself on his fights against deficit spending — which sometimes included tax increases — as the “tax collector for the welfare state.”
mittromney  newtgingrich  politics  usa  election  republicans  BobDole 
december 2011 by jtyost2
Slate - The Dismal Science - August 15, 1996
A seemingly ancient Slate article from a younger Paul Krugman on Dole's embrace of supply-side economics. It turns out he was quite right about this infectious meme.
krugman  bobdole  economics  taxes  slate  from instapaper
september 2011 by UltraNurd

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