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Bob Dole endorses Christine O’Donnell (from his hospital bed at Walter Reed)
Hotair ^ | 09/24/2010 | Allahpundit

Posted on 09/24/2010 6:36:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Not only did he endorse her, he did it from his hospital bed at Walter Reed. And then he sent her the maximum possible donation allowable under law.

Second look at the GOP establishment?

Christine O’Donnell’s message resonated with the voters, and to the surprise of many she defeated Congressman Mike Castle, who many of us thought would win. The primary is over and in my opinion it is time for voters to join hands and support Christine O’Donnell. The Delaware seat is important and the winner in November could well determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.

I find many of the attacks on O’Donnell to be personal and lacking in balance and fairness. If her campaign wishes I am willing to assist in a limited way since I am still a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I will have surgery Monday, September 27.

Pretty great, and all the more so because his name is now being dropped by lefties like E.J. Dionne in the latest iteration of the eternal “Republicans of yesteryear were much nicer/smarter/better than Republicans of today” meme. Actual quote from Dionne’s hand-wringer last week lamenting the downfall of moderate, centrist conservatives like, er, Ronald Reagan, I guess:

Castle’s defeat at the hands of Christine O’Donnell, a perennial candidate who may be the least qualified Senate nominee anywhere in the country, does indeed mark the collapse of the Republican Party not only of Nelson Rockefeller and Tom Dewey but also of Bob Dole and Howard Baker…

Will moderate voters take a chance on the preposterous proposition that this Republican Party will turn around and work in a calm, bipartisan way with President Obama? Or will they use their ballots to wake up the Republicans and tell them that they need more Mike Castles, and fewer extremists?

Bob Dole’s presumptive answer: More “extremists.” I googled around to see if he and Castle are old friends, thinking that this endorsement might be a message aimed at getting MC’s attention. I didn’t find anything, but they’ve both been Republicans (specifically, moderate Republicans) active in government for so many years that I probably missed the evidence. Dole’s been out of the public eye for long enough that his support probably won’t make much difference to centrist Republicans in Delaware disgruntled about O’Donnell, but every little push towards getting RINOs to line up behind her helps. It’s a welcome gesture, and one for which I shall congratulate him at our next RINO Beltway cocktail party.

According to one of Jim Geraghty’s sources, the odds that Castle’s going to jump back in are now up to 50/50. Which, as I and others are increasingly convinced, could be the very best thing he can do for O’Donnell.




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1 posted on 09/24/2010 6:36:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks, Bob.

Now that she has the RINO endorsement, she should be an easy shoo-in.


2 posted on 09/24/2010 6:38:21 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Oh please....Dole did a GREAT thing!! COD is 100% censervative.....Dole cold have gone with Castle, yet he didn’t!! And Castle is Dole’s GENERATION and SEX!!


3 posted on 09/24/2010 6:39:51 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for Bob Dole. This is an important gesture, and given his circumstances one which must be heartfelt.


4 posted on 09/24/2010 6:40:13 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (3 great American Thomases: Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Thomas Sowell.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is the Viagra talking.


5 posted on 09/24/2010 6:40:44 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: SeekAndFind
I can actually picture a lot of Independents saying:

"That rotten Bush guy Karl Rove hates O'Donnell. Maybe she's not so bad. And, hey, that nice Bob Dole -- he likes her! He's one of those old-fashioned Republicans, back before they all got nasty and stupid like Bush. Looks like the right people like her and dislike her; I guess I will vote for her."

6 posted on 09/24/2010 6:43:20 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Things will change after the revolution, but not before.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope Bob Dole gets better soon. I remember when he was the nominee toward the end of the campaign when it was clear he could not win he continued to run hard and help save some Congressional seats.


7 posted on 09/24/2010 6:45:45 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: bmwcyle

It’s not Viagra. Bob Dole is someone I have long admired, and I think he got short shrift when he ran for president. If it weren’t for Dole, much legislation would never have become law. He was able to work both sides of the bench, along with Reagan. It’s clear he gave this endorsement some thought, along with what’s currently going on in Washington. There’s a reason he endorsed O’Donnell. She’s the better person, if not the better candidate.


8 posted on 09/24/2010 6:46:31 PM PDT by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than four years now-- But I think about it every day.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Had not before heard that Bob Dole “Bob Dole” was in the hospital.

A serious war hero who I would admire above all if it were not for his horrific campaign for President and his RINO record in the Senate.

The best part of his 1996 Campaign was his wife Elizabeth who was as awesome and beautiful as a Senator could possibly be.

At least he had the integrity to resign which is quite unlike most other aspirants for the holy place.


9 posted on 09/24/2010 6:46:37 PM PDT by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: SeekAndFind

This is another shock in a period of shocks, but in reality, this is an incredible endorsement.

This is a true, out of the blue, rino endorsement with money to boot, it will help some in raw numbers, but more importantly, it is so interesting and stunning, and kind of odd, that it should generate a lot of positive publicity and speculation, and cause a few in the media to lighten up in their constant attacks on O’Donnell.

How could this not be a big positive? This especially helps her if Castle runs, it is a big signal to a few points worth of mushy republicans.


10 posted on 09/24/2010 6:47:22 PM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bob Dole has risen to the occasion several times. He’s a good guy. His big mistake was to take bad advice in the run against clinton. His advisers told him to move left, and he did. But the real Bob Dole is fairly conservative, I believe, and it comes out from time to time still.

As I recall, he played a solid role during the chad wars, which was very helpful in putting down the massive cheating that the Florida Dems tried to impose on the election.


11 posted on 09/24/2010 6:48:29 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why is Dole in the hospital?


12 posted on 09/24/2010 6:49:26 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: malkee

It is a joke. Lighten up.


13 posted on 09/24/2010 6:49:37 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wow.

Thank you, Sen. Dole!

14 posted on 09/24/2010 6:51:13 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prayers up for Bob Dole’s health. He is a fantastic and admirable American.

Remember a story from a family friend: They were both at a dinner or function of some sort with press coverage. He told the family friend, “Let’s start a rumor that we are having an affair and then run around denying it.”


15 posted on 09/24/2010 6:53:46 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (The liberal mantra: Never enough.)
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To: Cicero
Bob Dole has risen to the occasion several times. He’s a good guy. His big mistake was to take bad advice in the run against clinton.

Dittos. Dole ALWAYS put country first.

16 posted on 09/24/2010 6:57:00 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for Bob Dole...we know what Reagan’s advise was regarding talking against other republicans...looks as if Dole understands and grasp that pretty darn well...


17 posted on 09/24/2010 6:58:55 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for war-vet Bob Dole, a patriot who loves this country, RINO or not.


18 posted on 09/24/2010 7:00:27 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: SeekAndFind

For the first time in my life, I’m proud of Bob Dole. Never thought I’d see the day.


19 posted on 09/24/2010 7:00:54 PM PDT by kevao
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To: SeekAndFind

Prayers up for Bob, that his surgery goes well.

He is a true American patriot.


20 posted on 09/24/2010 7:04:24 PM PDT by Palladin (Remember Lepanto--Sink the Mosque!)
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To: SeekAndFind

According to the “logic” that I’ve seen used here on FR before, this now officially makes O’Donnell a RINO.


21 posted on 09/24/2010 7:05:36 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (is a Jim DeMint Republican. You might say he's a funDeMintalist conservative.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

definitely.


22 posted on 09/24/2010 7:06:24 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Radix

I think I would’ve preferred her to Bush in 2000. Bush I guess got all the money in the summer of 1999.


23 posted on 09/24/2010 7:07:42 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: ansel12

Any old Democrats to give the endorse to Castle? Biden?


24 posted on 09/24/2010 7:09:17 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: kevao

Who are you? A war hero?

Bob Dole is a fantastic human being. A terrific patriot.


25 posted on 09/24/2010 7:13:56 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (The liberal mantra: Never enough.)
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To: SeekAndFind

More proof that Bob Dole is pretty cool.


26 posted on 09/24/2010 7:14:32 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
According to the “logic” that I’ve seen used here on FR before, this now officially makes O’Donnell a RINO.

Didn't you know? Everybody's a "RINO".

LOL, after awhile it becomes very easy to dismiss all the morons here who overuse (and misuse) the word "RINO". I'm to the point now where their posts evaporate before my eyes. Chafee and Specter were RINOs, Jeffords and Castle were RINOs. Beyond that, there are really not too many others. Probably Kirk in Illinois is a RINO, and Arnold in California. Same with Snowe and Collins. There's a handful of others to be sure, but not many. Personally, my cutoff is about a 70 ACU rating. A rating of 70 to 80 demonstrates cowardice more than anything else.

FRegards,
LH

27 posted on 09/24/2010 7:16:10 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Yardstick

And he’s freakin’ hilarious to boot.


28 posted on 09/24/2010 7:19:50 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (The liberal mantra: Never enough.)
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To: Lancey Howard

You RINO

/ducks


29 posted on 09/24/2010 7:20:14 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (is a Jim DeMint Republican. You might say he's a funDeMintalist conservative.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Dole had a 91 ACU rating in 1995 and a 90 in 1996.
If you think that’s a RINO, then you’re a moron.

FRegards,
LH


30 posted on 09/24/2010 7:21:01 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
Everybody's a "RINO". (same thing)
31 posted on 09/24/2010 7:21:45 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Winstons Julia

Absolutely. He’s got that great dry wit. I always get a kick out of Bob “Bob Dole” Dole.


32 posted on 09/24/2010 7:24:15 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Psalm 144

What is he in the hospital for?


33 posted on 09/24/2010 7:25:29 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!)
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To: Yardstick
He’s got that great dry wit.

He also has a tongue that can saw through concrete.

34 posted on 09/24/2010 7:30:02 PM PDT by Publius (The government only knows how to turn gold into lead.)
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To: Yardstick

I can’t imagine the nerve of an armchair warrior hating on Bob Dole.


35 posted on 09/24/2010 7:32:08 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (The liberal mantra: Never enough.)
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To: Beowulf9

RE: Why is Dole in the hospital?


The news did not say what Bob Dole was in hospital for.

We have to remember that the man is 87 years old.

In 2009, he was hospitalized for an elevated heart rate and sores on his leg for which he underwent a successful skin graft procedure. In February 2010, he was hospitalized for pneumonia after undergoing knee surgery. People grow old and grow sickly.

All well wishes to him.


36 posted on 09/24/2010 7:37:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SueRae

RE: What is he in the hospital for?


The news did not say what Bob Dole was in hospital for.

We have to remember that the man is 87 years old.

In 2009, he was hospitalized for an elevated heart rate and sores on his leg for which he underwent a successful skin graft procedure. In February 2010, he was hospitalized for pneumonia after undergoing knee surgery. People grow old and grow sickly.

All well wishes to him.


37 posted on 09/24/2010 7:38:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Senator Dole has great timing. I pray his surgery goes well.


38 posted on 09/24/2010 7:40:19 PM PDT by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: SueRae

I don’t know, SueRae. All I can see with a cursory search are issues that predate this situation, whatever it is. It looks like he has been in and out of the hospital for many months for a variety of issues and complications. It looks like some leg surgery last year ended up with complications that required skin grafts, and that he then contracted pneumonia. Surgery was scheduled for the other leg, and perhaps this is it.

At his age and in these circumstances, his public support of O’Donnel speaks volumes. I would think he would find any hospital stay a trial, given what he went through with his arm.

So many of that generation are gone now, to our loss.

God bless and strengthen him.


39 posted on 09/24/2010 7:41:15 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (3 great American Thomases: Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Thomas Sowell.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bob Dole Likes that Christine O’Donnell Gal!

mini bob Pictures, Images and Photos

40 posted on 09/24/2010 7:43:17 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dole in the hospital?? Wow...didn’t know. Hope everything turns out ok.


41 posted on 09/24/2010 8:01:12 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Special thanks to Bob Dole, way to go.


42 posted on 09/24/2010 8:07:55 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Winstons Julia
And he’s freakin’ hilarious to boot.

yes, he is... great sense of humor...

43 posted on 09/24/2010 8:08:35 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Winstons Julia
Who are you? A war hero?

Well, I would not necessarily describe myself as a war hero. But why does that matter anyway?

44 posted on 09/24/2010 8:14:34 PM PDT by kevao
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To: Yardstick
do you remember when he was in this cheese commercial?

the power of cheese

45 posted on 09/24/2010 8:19:36 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: KC_Lion
He probably thinks she's Hot.

After all, it worked for Reid and Gillibrand.

46 posted on 09/24/2010 8:22:29 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (My Rights are God given, not Obama approved...)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Well don't you think that maybe it could just be that Bob Dole maybe be sincere in his Bob Dole endorsement of Christine O’Donnell? Bob Dole?

mmmmm Bob Dole doesn't like that Reid fella, And Christine O'Donnell isn't Bob Dole's pet.

47 posted on 09/24/2010 8:33:41 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: Ann Archy

“Bob Dole endorses Christine O’Donnell. Bob Dole thinks Mike Castle is a turd sandwich.” -Bob Dole.


48 posted on 09/24/2010 8:34:16 PM PDT by mike-zed
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To: KC_Lion
KC, I was being facetious.

I thought it was obvious, but I guess I was wrong.

P.S. Reid is a dirtbag, Dole is a Patriot.

49 posted on 09/24/2010 8:50:23 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (My Rights are God given, not Obama approved...)
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To: kevao

It matters.


50 posted on 09/24/2010 8:53:17 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (The liberal mantra: Never enough.)
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