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GOP should be ‘Closed
for repairs,’ says Dole

CNN, by Kevin Liptak

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Posted By:JoniTx, 5/26/2013 3:29:23 PM

National Republicans have shifted so drastically in the past decade that the party’s most vaunted figure - former President Ronald Reagan - would no longer find a home in the GOP, former Sen. Bob Dole claimed Sunday. “Reagan couldn’t have made it,” Dole said, adding he too would also have faced challenges in today’s Republican Party. Instead of operating day-to-day in a nonelection year, the national party should focus on broader plans to rehabilitate itself after the losses of 2012, the former Kansas lawmaker said. “I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors


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Reply 1 - Posted by: god of irony, 5/26/2013 3:31:39 PM     (No. 9346361)

Says the poster child of what has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 30 years.

Reply 2 - Posted by: maggie2u, 5/26/2013 3:34:11 PM     (No. 9346366)

This is your brain on viagra.




Reply 3 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 5/26/2013 3:35:38 PM     (No. 9346368)

If Dole´s handlers hadn´t stifled him personality-wise so badly, I think he would have been elected. Most people don´t realize that he has a great wit when he isn´t afraid to show it. He really isn´t the dullard he was made out to be. Again, blame the consultants.

Reply 4 - Posted by: Coy860, 5/26/2013 3:38:40 PM     (No. 9346373)

The Good Ole Boys network has to end.
Bring in the Young Turks with fresh idea and get rid of lobbyists.
Having a Fair Tax would eliminate K Street.

Reply 5 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 5/26/2013 3:39:31 PM     (No. 9346375)

Bob, are you really saying that if you were starting today you would be a democrat? Really?

Reply 6 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 5/26/2013 3:43:55 PM     (No. 9346382)

Dole may be right. Reagan was a RINO. Spending went out of control. Although he restructured taxes, taxes still went up. Reagan pulled out instead of responding to the Beirut bombings. And although he derailed the Soviet Union, Russia is still a thorn in our side. However, Dole would have been a lousy President. The Republican party needs to split up. That will take the liberals farther to radicalization, the Rino´s will take the Kennedy´s Democratic base and what will be left would be true Conservatives. This may not be a bad idea.

Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 5/26/2013 3:44:25 PM     (No. 9346383)

The headline misrepresents what Dole said. Bob Dole referred to "the national committee doors", not the party.




Reply 8 - Posted by: Aud, 5/26/2013 3:51:08 PM     (No. 9346387)

Didn´t Dole get nominated because "it was his turn"? And didn´t he lose?

Reply 9 - Posted by: stablemoney, 5/26/2013 3:58:46 PM     (No. 9346394)

Useless advice from a mild mannered, get along kind of guy. We need fighters, not more reaching across the aisle and passing more taxes, more big government, and more social legislation that is none of the government´s business. So thanks Mr. Doll, have a nice retirement.

Reply 10 - Posted by: JAN, 5/26/2013 4:08:39 PM     (No. 9346401)

Let´s hope we never do have another president who once passed blanket amnestry for people who illegally invaded our country.

As for Nixon, he left quite the domestic legacy........all bad.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/26/2013 4:15:51 PM     (No. 9346408)

#6, are you suggesting that we have three parties: Democrats, Conservatives, and RINOs? That´s exactly what the Democrats want.

And here´s a question: If the Tea Party candidates hate the Republican Party, then why on earth do they run as Republicans?

Reply 12 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 5/26/2013 4:22:21 PM     (No. 9346414)

They run as Republicans, #11 because the conservatives either don´t have the brains or the nerve to actually start a new party. A few third parties have actually made a decent showing in individual elections but they seem to disappear after one election. A third party probably couldn´t win in 2016, but neither will the Republican party. After that a third party might gain strength if it isn´t led by a single individual like Wallace, Perot or Anderson.




Reply 13 - Posted by: ramona, 5/26/2013 4:25:42 PM     (No. 9346418)

I have to agree with Poster #3. It was Bob Dole´s wonderfully wry sense of humor that appealed to me. I do think he was a very bright guy. Don´t know anything about his handlers - I was very young and didn´t have access to the kind of daily info on campaigns that we get today.

It´s also true that even very popular Republicans could not or would not curb the growth of Big Government. That´s one reason I am so adamant now about finding truly Conservative candidates - those who understand how socially conservative positions are, at the core, necessary to reining in the cost of government.
Ramona (the Pest)

Reply 14 - Posted by: horacer, 5/26/2013 4:27:28 PM     (No. 9346420)

So now Reagan was a RINO. Who next? Attila the Hun.

Dole makes some good points but really who does he think he is. Just because he served his country for most of his life. He should shut up and never be heard from again.

Reply 15 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 5/26/2013 4:28:44 PM     (No. 9346422)

What has changed are the Democrats and the world, and that is why compromise is no longer the easy and good thing it was back in the day.

I was uncomfortable watching the interview, Dole just looked - old. He´s doing well for 89 in that he´s still breathing, but in general one does not enhance their image with these late-life appearances.

Reply 16 - Posted by: DaddyO, 5/26/2013 4:28:49 PM     (No. 9346424)

#6, Reagan agreed to raise taxes (after a large cut that worked to stimulate the economy) in exchange for spending cuts (because the deficit ´exploded´ to $200 billion, a trifle today) which never happened. He called it the worst mistake of his life.

He would be called today what he was called back then, an extremist.

Reply 17 - Posted by: KTWO, 5/26/2013 4:40:12 PM     (No. 9346430)

I wonder if Dole is still hospitalized. Won´t take the time to find out.

Closing a political party for repairs implies someone controls it and there is a hierarchical structure of command and obedience. Such structures exist in some nations at some times, there is no need to cite where or the results.

In a free society parties must be supported by the willing. And, like cafeterias; the members choose what they will swallow or decline.

And when you can´t stand the food or the filth at all you eat elsewhere.




Reply 18 - Posted by: Bumblebee, 5/26/2013 5:05:24 PM     (No. 9346455)

Dole says there is a problem, but he is clueless as to what caused it or how to fix it.

Reply 19 - Posted by: achingbackfarm, 5/26/2013 5:07:07 PM     (No. 9346457)

A more appropriate sign:


Reply 20 - Posted by: orlean, 5/26/2013 5:12:39 PM     (No. 9346462)

I guess Bob has never listened to Reagan speeches from the 50s, 60s and 70s they sound just like what the conservative are saying today. So I think he would fit right in.

Reply 21 - Posted by: tulipwood, 5/26/2013 5:15:33 PM     (No. 9346469)

Dole and his RINO buddies are repairs that never got fixed. Now we need an overhaul and the cranky old GOP´ers like Dole and McCain will just have to be tossed or rendered irrelevant.

Reply 22 - Posted by: Polecat49, 5/26/2013 5:15:37 PM     (No. 9346470)

#18, Dole is not the only one who has no clue. 99% of the so-called republicans in Washington, d. c., would rather kiss zero´s butt than act like Americans and represent the People who elected them.



Reply 23 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 5/26/2013 5:19:19 PM     (No. 9346475)

Dole went from a failed presidential run to an endorsement of Viagra in the blink of an eye, which cemented my cynicism of politicians at that time. Of course this was the Clinton era so the bar was pretty low.

Reply 24 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 5/26/2013 5:27:07 PM     (No. 9346478)

Those who are based in DC need to be put out of business. That includes Dole, who stopped being useful sometime around 1980. His evolution from hatchet man in the 1970s to apologist today has been pathetic.

Reply 25 - Posted by: orlean, 5/26/2013 5:30:02 PM     (No. 9346481)

If anyone don´t think Reagan would fit in the Republican party today needs read his speech.


Reply 26 - Posted by: octrojan, 5/26/2013 5:55:19 PM     (No. 9346502)

Right Dole. Romney and McCain are the kind of right winger Reps insist on. That Reagan fellow is too liberal. Is that what he´s saying?

Is this the same Dole that got his head handed to him by Katie Couric, then whined that she asked questions that weren´t agreed to in advance?

Reply 27 - Posted by: rarebear, 5/26/2013 6:09:25 PM     (No. 9346518)

Let´s recall (it wasn´t that long ago) how Dole was portrayed by the media in his 1996 Presidential bid - as a heartless, mean, unsympathetic, and out-of-touch ultra-right winger. And does anyone truly doubt were his run for the White House made in 2012 instead of 1996 that he´d have been treated any differently? Anyone?? (cue crickets) ..... Republicans are not different. The Dem´s and their water-carrying flacks in the media have moved dramatically left.

Reply 28 - Posted by: judy, 5/26/2013 6:13:39 PM     (No. 9346524)

Oh yeh Dole tell us how to run things you, McCain & Romney did sooooo well....sorry but Reagan would have fit in the tea party perfectly.....Dole represents what is wrong with the repub party...they never leave DC to see what it´s like in the real world. Dole must be taking lessons from Powell.

Reply 29 - Posted by: saguni, 5/26/2013 6:18:41 PM     (No. 9346530)

It seems that Dole reached the correct conclusions, but he used faulty "logic" to get there.

As remarked above, it is not Republicans, but the "national committee" and they should not only "close their doors" they should spend some time looking in the mirror and gauging the positions of the Tea Party compared to their own positions...of today and also the positions the national committee of a generation ago. The national committee is filled with men of the "good old boy" mindset which has already given us a defacto three party system, Democrats, RINOs and TEA Party...not because the Tea Party wants it, but because the national committee doesn´t accept the need of the fresh, young Turks in the "Tea" (which considers itself part of the Republican) Party.

Also, the blame for Washington’s current state of gridlock to President Barack Obama, who he argued was failing to bridge divides between the capital’s ideological camps. It isn´t a lack of "getting together with members of both parties"...it was that early speech where 0bama told the Republicans to "sit down, shut up, and let him do what he wants." The pResident is not capable of "plays well with others" he acts as if he was elected king and no one can tell him otherwise.

Reply 30 - Posted by: flatwater, 5/26/2013 6:34:55 PM     (No. 9346542)

Dole suffers from a form of senile dementia almost on par with that of Jumpin´ Johnny McCain....

Reply 31 - Posted by: The Advocate, 5/26/2013 6:49:51 PM     (No. 9346561)

Dole was a great Senator for Kansas and ADM-think ethanol and Dwayne Andreas before his son went to jail for price fixing in Japan.
Night he resigned to run for POTUS was like a wake at The Monocle in DC for Dole staffers -they knew that their lifetime job was gone -Hubris masquerading as principal.
You cannot compromise with Evil and Obama et al are Evil personified.
Using the IRS to stifle the vote of Conservatives was criminal.
Republicans should disband the IRS union immediately.
Lois Lerner et al abused their position of trust and must be jailed for their crimes.
Victoria nuland may have a conservative husband but she lied knowingly to the American people about Benghazi-her appointment is IYF and must be stopped.

Reply 32 - Posted by: yorkiemom, 5/26/2013 6:54:45 PM     (No. 9346564)

Wow, tough crowd today. So many of you seem to have the solution to our problems. I would love to see how you would handle the lying, cheating Dems if you ever hold an office.

Also, it´s so tiresome to read so many posters who believe so-and-so should just shut up and go away. Clue: even Bob Dole and other "rinos" are entitled to their opinons. What I took from this interview was how Dole served his country admirably. Spending 3 years in the hospital after serving in the war would not be easy.

Reply 33 - Posted by: absalom, 5/26/2013 6:57:41 PM     (No. 9346566)

The GOP is not now and has never been a conservative party. EVER. Post Civil War, it has always been secular progressive; the party of big government and corporate interests. Coolidge and Reagan were the only principled conservative nominees in 100 years! Cold reality. All the rest were clones of Goober Dole.

Reply 34 - Posted by: STLstudent, 5/26/2013 7:17:34 PM     (No. 9346582)

The Surrender Monkey speaks. It is unprincipled men like Dole who allowed the socialist Democrats ascendency for decades. Indeed, he would be more at home with Obama than with Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin.

Reply 35 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 5/26/2013 7:28:31 PM     (No. 9346589)

I remember when Bob Dole was called "the tax collector for the welfare state".

Reply 36 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 5/26/2013 8:08:36 PM     (No. 9346610)

Perhaps his senile dementia has gotten to the point that he has forgotten -- or hopes we have -- that Ronald Reagan attained the nomination against the fierce and despicable machinations of the ´older and wiser heads´ within the Stupid Party. And to gain that grudging OK, they saddled him with G. H. W. Bush, a NorthEast RINO which in turn set the stage for the national catastrophes known as the Bush Dynasty.
They invoke Reagan´s name when it´s convenient, but said the same of him - and worse - when he was gaining traction on the national scene.
Was Reagan perfect? No. There´s only been one Perfect Man, and RR wasn´t Him. But he stood on principles, ones some of us still believe are part of the national culture. Unlike the current crop in the GOP who have all the principles and integrity of a truckstop whore in Pittsburgh.
Dole and that whole crew long ago forfeited any claim to deference and expectations of worthwhile character.

Reply 37 - Posted by: nevernaught, 5/26/2013 8:24:05 PM     (No. 9346628)

The year he ran, I was at the Santa Maria, CA airport in Central California waiting for my wife´s plane to arrive, and another plane landed and started to taxi over to the terminal. On the side of the plane it said ´Bob Dole for President´. When the plane stopped, out stepped Dole himself to the cheers of about 8 people.

I wonder why he lost. There were about 20 people waiting for the regular commuter plane.

Reply 38 - Posted by: Gr8Shiphandler, 5/26/2013 8:48:28 PM     (No. 9346634)

I remember when Dole resigned as Majority leader to run for President. A reporter asked him what was his biggest accomplishment as a Senator for 30 years. He said it was the Americans with Disabilities act, one of the worst pieces of legislation in American history. This act has cost Americans Trillions of dollars. Government run amok at its worst. It still costs billions of dollars every year, and there are still hundreds of thousands of small businesses and towns and cities and federal agencies that are not in compliance and subject to government subsidized lawsuits at any minute. And that´s what the rino Dole was most proud of.

Reply 39 - Posted by: jt26, 5/27/2013 11:48:11 AM     (No. 9347394)

2 word answer.
Rand Paul.

Reply 40 - Posted by: plumnellie, 5/27/2013 1:21:42 PM     (No. 9347512)

So Dole, McCain and Romney are the ´faces´ of the Repub party...and the RNC wonders why Tea people are complaining? Talk about a clueless group of people. Estab Repubs are not dumb but they do think the rest of us are. I see clearly that Repubs are no more likely to trim spending, cut the size of government and lower taxes than the Dems. Tell me again why I am the problem? Repeat one more time why I should support the RNC?

Reply 41 - Posted by: jalo1951, 5/27/2013 2:34:20 PM     (No. 9347608)

Mr. Dole, thank you for your service to our country. Now put a sock in it.

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Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.

McCain strolls into Dem caucus meeting
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2013 1:28:56 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.

Oprah Decries Americans´ Ignorance
on Civil Rights, Laments ´Millions´
of Blacks Lynched

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Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2013 10:49:27 AM     Post Reply
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last

Obama´s Creeping Authoritarianism
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Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/31/2013 9:41:29 PM     Post Reply
If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what´s on his mind is something else. The first term´s over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won. The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But

New EPA chief promises jobs,
pulls no punches in
climate change fight

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Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/31/2013 9:54:00 AM     Post Reply
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”

Christie turns down Sen.
Paul over beer summit offer

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Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2013 1:17:57 PM     Post Reply
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."

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