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(McCain)Aiming to Avoid the Dole-Drums
Newsweek ^ | 6/23/08 | Holly Bailey

Posted on 06/14/2008 4:28:44 PM PDT by vrwc54

McCain needs to learn from the mistakes of another honored war hero who ran for the White House and lost.

John McCain has long known what it's like for a teleprompter-challenged Republican senator to go up against a charismatic, made-for-TV Democrat. In 1996, McCain was Bob Dole's right-hand man. He served as one of the Kansas senator's closest traveling companions and top surrogates in the battle to unseat Bill Clinton. It was a race that began as Dole's to lose—Clinton was caught up in the Whitewater scandal. But lose he did. McCain watched as the Democrats successfully transformed the image of the former Senate majority leader, once known for his consensus-building and dry wit, into an old, humorless Washington insider who couldn't deliver real change.

Now McCain finds himself returning to some old arguments. "Others may offer you sound bites and showmanship," McCain said at the GOP convention in '96. "But Bob Dole offers you leadership—leadership evident in the stature of a man who risked his life for love of country and considers service to America his honor." Recently, McCain has stepped up his efforts to depict Barack Obama as a candidate who is all talk, no action. Obama, McCain has said, offers "an eloquent but empty call for change." Two weeks ago in New Orleans, McCain declared: "He hasn't been willing to make the tough calls to challenge his party. I have." In response, Obama has called McCain a "creature of Washington" who is too entrenched to offer real change—a line Clinton frequently used against Dole 12 years ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: bobdole; election2008; mccain
Wow, a fair analysis of McCain from Newsqueak. This article makes him look smart and kind of a good-guy.
1 posted on 06/14/2008 4:28:47 PM PDT by vrwc54
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To: vrwc54
It was a race that began as Dole's to lose—Clinton was caught up in the Whitewater scandal.

Give me a break. The American people hardly heard a word about the Whitewater scandal. The Clintons had the kind of press Bama enjoys now. I remember the day Dole came out with his platform, the headlines screamed that we had found life on Mars, of all things! (A bogus claim based upon a rock.) Nobody even heard a word Dole had to say.

2 posted on 06/14/2008 4:39:26 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Given such dismal choices, I guess I'll vote for the old guy.)
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To: vrwc54

It was never Dole’s race to lose.


3 posted on 06/14/2008 4:39:53 PM PDT by Krankor (N)
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To: vrwc54

That article also fails to mention the carpet bombing with negative ads that Bob Dole could not respond to as he was using only the “matching funds”.

From the end of the Nomination process to the Convention, the Dhimmis literally made Dole out to be some sort of decrepit old man who thought the “Dodgers played in Brooklyn”.

By the time Dole had any money to try and hit Klinton in September, it was already “over” add in the Reform Party siphoning votes from Dole and the race was finished by Sept 12.


4 posted on 06/14/2008 4:41:21 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ The Obamao v Mad Jon, win the battle and lose the war..choice of evils be..)
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To: vrwc54

Let’s poll:

McCain vs. Obama 2008 is most like....

A. Nixon vs. Kennedy, 1960

B. Ford vs. Carter, 1976

C. Dole vs. Clinton, 1996

Note: the Republican LOST every one of those elections.

I’m just sayin’ !


5 posted on 06/14/2008 4:41:59 PM PDT by repentant_pundit (Strong leaders are overrated. We need strong followers...of the Constitution)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Nobody even heard a word Dole had to say.

McCain is going to have to ratchet his rhetoric up a few notches, if he intends to offer any excitement.

Recently, McCain has stepped up his efforts to depict Barack Obama as a candidate who is all talk, no action. Obama, McCain has said, offers "an eloquent but empty call for change."

McCain is going to need more than that. Much more!


6 posted on 06/14/2008 4:44:43 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: repentant_pundit

Nixon v McGovern

Obamao is that far out of the mainstream of America.


7 posted on 06/14/2008 4:52:54 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ The Obamao v Mad Jon, win the battle and lose the war..choice of evils be..)
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To: repentant_pundit

I think it will be more like 1968 and 1988. On paper, the country favors a Democrat. but in the end...

(I hope)


8 posted on 06/14/2008 4:53:02 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: repentant_pundit
Answer: E - None of the above.
McCain vs Obama is more like Bush vs Dukakis
Or
Reagan Vs. Carter.

Republicans won both by a landslide, even tho the Democrats were ahead up to August. Dukakis was ahead by 17 in July if I am not mistaken, and still got wiped out in November.
The only difference between Dukakis and Obama is, Obama is far more liberal than Dukakis ever was, and Dukakis had actually had some experience running a state. Obama is nothing but an empty suite, who is the JUNIOR senator from IL, with ZERO accomplishments in the US Senate since he got elected 4 years ago.

9 posted on 06/14/2008 4:55:39 PM PDT by KevinJohnson
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To: vrwc54

bob dope was an embarrassment.


10 posted on 06/14/2008 4:56:17 PM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: vrwc54

McCain needs a very exciting VP like Jindal to make the MSM cover the team.


11 posted on 06/14/2008 4:57:38 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Jeff Chandler
Pure historical revisionism from the harlots at Newsweak. The press headlines screamed that Dole trailed by thirty and never had a chance. He lost by eight.

The press loved the Clintons and never let Dole lay a hand on them. Not that Dole tried very hard.

12 posted on 06/14/2008 5:00:42 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

Bobby Jindal is pretty young though Andy, I’d like to have him on the ticket, but when you push “Experience” and then pick a fuzzy cheeked 37 year old from Louisiana...

The Obamao is almost certain to pick a Fmr Military General, and Head to Head I don’t know if Jindal would match up well.


13 posted on 06/14/2008 5:06:06 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ The Obamao v Mad Jon, win the battle and lose the war..choice of evils be..)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
McCain needs a very exciting VP like Jindal to make the MSM cover the team.

I like him, too. I read that he once took part in an exorcism, so he's probably out.

14 posted on 06/14/2008 5:09:49 PM PDT by vrwc54
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To: padre35

You’re right about all of the negative ads that Clinton ran in smaller media outlets, so that the big media was largely not reporting on it. According to Dick Morris, much of that campaign was financed by Chinese money that Clinton got from giving the ChiComs our missile secrets. Clinton had his priorities: his re-election in 1996 was worth more to him than US national security.


15 posted on 06/14/2008 5:10:24 PM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: vrwc54
for a teleprompter-challenged Republican senator

McCain is head and shoulders above the empty suit Obama when it comes to speaking without a teleprompter. That's why Obama will never accept McCain's suggestion of 10 "town hall" type meetings between now and the election. The entire world would see what a complete and utter fraud Obama is.

16 posted on 06/14/2008 5:15:17 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (McCain, my penultimate choice in the primary and only choice in the general)
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To: vrwc54

McCain probably has trouble aiming at the john. He is even worse than Dole. I, at least, voted for Dole, because he was nice guy. Can’t say the same about McLoon.


17 posted on 06/14/2008 5:17:34 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
“McCain needs a very exciting VP like Jindal to make the MSM cover the team”

That wouldn't be very smart.
How many states will he help win?
The Indian-American vote in the south?
McCain needs someone that will bring in the swing now states of Michigan, PA, Ohio. I don't think Jindal will do much good in those states. Romney could though. At the very least, Romney will bring Michigan, which will about finish Obama off.

18 posted on 06/14/2008 5:17:34 PM PDT by KevinJohnson
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To: padre35

The kinder, gentler Bob Dole just wasn’t suited for a presidential campaign. I never cared much for him, but even I felt some sympathy when perky little Katie Couric was pushing him around at will on the issue of tobacco. The old guy never had a chance against Clinton.


19 posted on 06/14/2008 5:19:10 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: repentant_pundit

i put it more like Nixon vs. MCGovern. A moderate Repbulican with foreign policy cred vs. a wacko leftist in a time of war.


20 posted on 06/14/2008 5:35:20 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: padre35
Obamao is that far out of the mainstream of America.

I'm afraid that might not be true now.

21 posted on 06/14/2008 5:40:36 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: KevinJohnson
I am not campaigning for Jindal, but rather pointing out the need for McCain to pick someone that will create a buzz that cannot be ignored by the MSM.

I agree that Jindal is very young now, but, if he was on his second term as Governor of LA in 2012, he would be formidable. I know quite a few women here in NC that are HRC supporters and are planning to vote for McCain simply to give HRC another chance. Also, they are PO'ed that Obama was "promoted" ahead of a "qualified woman", but they are OK with McCain because of his age, experience and military service. If there was an "exciting" VP on the McCain ticket, even more Democrats would jump over and satisfy their desire to vote for a diverse ticket. Pawlenty, Sanford, etc. are too mainstream RNC to attract these voters. Crist may fill the bill, but only because the Democrat women think he is a closet gay. I am open to other candidates, but do not see many choices for an exciting VP choice.

22 posted on 06/15/2008 5:36:46 AM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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