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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Members of Congress and their aides will essentially be exempt from Obamacare, as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will issue a ruling that says the federal government can subsidize the health insurance premiums of members of Congress and their aides even though the law does not say so. According to Politico, OPM was "under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill" to issue the ruling giving lawmakers and staffers special treatment because Washington feared a so-called "brain drain," as staffers unable to afford the healthcare plans available on the government exchanges threatened to go into the private sector.
HARRISBURG- The fate of Pennsylvania´s 16-month-old voter identification law is in the hands of a Commonwealth Court judge after closing arguments in the landmark voting-rights case Thursday. The state argued that it had done its part to ensure that all registered voters had access to mandatory ID, while petitioners countered that those efforts were not enough. Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, said the law placed a "fundamental burden" on a right "enshrined in the Constitution." "It is time to put an end to this and enjoin this law," Clarke told Judge Bernard McGinley.
A new petition on the White House website asks the administration to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The request was posted on petitions.whitehouse.gov on July 7 and quickly garnered more than the 100,000 signature requirement for the Obama administration to officially consider the request. "Declare Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist group," was written within days of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who drew much of his support from the group, being removed from power by the military in early July. The petition states, “Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of violent killings & terrorizing opponents.
According to reports, the police officer who pulled over George Zimmerman last weekend outside Dallas may be in trouble. FOX4 in Dallas reported on Thursday that the Forney police officer, who has not been identified, allegedly used his personal iPhone to take a picture of Zimmerman´s driver´s license. Forney officials told FOX4 that the officer will be questioned. He could be disciplined if he violated police policy. And according to website TMZ, dash cam footage caught the alleged picture-taking. FOX4 also reported that the officer wasn´t on duty Thursday. Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was cleared of all charges
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As NSA leaker Edward Snowden finally left Moscow´s airport, President Barack Obama met Thursday afternoon with nine members of Congress to discuss American surveillance efforts. Obama hosted what the White House called "some of the programs’ most prominent critics and defenders," though it did not include Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), perhaps the most prominent critic of the National Security Agency. "Today’s meeting was constructive and the President committed that he and his team would continue to work closely with the Congress on these matters in the weeks and months ahead," the White House said.
WASHINGTON— Dozens of leaders in the immigration movement were arrested Thursday after they blocked a major intersection near the Capitol in a protest of Republican opposition to an immigration overhaul that would include a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally. More than 40 leaders were taken into custody after they walked onto Independence Avenue and locked arms, chanting in Spanish “Si, se puede” – “Yes, we can.” Another, smaller group of activists were arrested later in the afternoon after they blocked the hallway outside the office of House Speaker
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
Congress´s top inquisitor subpoenaed the State Department on Thursday for documents detailing the inner workings of the independent board that probed the September attack in Benghazi, Libya. Republicans on the House Oversight panel have accused the Accountability Review Board (ARB) of seeking to protect former Secretary of State and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in its investigation, notably by declining to interview her. Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he subpoenaed the department because he was being stonewalled. “After ignoring requests for months, the State Department has left no alternative but to issue subpoenas for documents relevant to our investigation,”
Just before the Senate failed to advance a transportation and housing bill Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to give Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who was presiding over the chamber at the time, a little help. Ms. Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrat, attempted to get order of a bustling chamber so senators could speak. “The Senate is not in order,” she said. “The Senate will be in order.” “Madame President, Madame President,” Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, cut in. “Have senators sit down and shut up, OK? It’s unfair. Senator [Patty] Murray has something to say. Senator [Susan] Collins has something —
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A Syrian religious group have banned croissants because they symbolise western oppression. A Sharia committee issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, declaring croissants ‘haram’, which means they are forbidden in Islamic law. The group, which operates in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, said that they have ‘colonial’ significance. They claim that the pastry’s crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims, reported Al Arabiya. Islamis sharia committees have declared several strict fatwas in rebel-controlled areas of Syria.
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
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Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
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.
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.
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
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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.”
[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."