Skip to comments.Bob Dole beatdown: Nominating Newt would cause “an Obama landslide”
Posted on 01/26/2012 2:21:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 GOP Presidential nominee Bob Dole just tore into Newt Gingrich with an open letter that violates Reagans 11th Commandment so many times, Bob Dole will be in the confessional until Easter.
.. 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 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 handthat was a symbol of some sort for himand I never did know what he was doing or why he was doing it.
The reaction from Camp Newt:
Its got to be on the top 10 list of the weirdest things hes ever written, Gingrich spokesperson RC Hammond told Talking Points Memo at a campaign event in Jacksonville, FL.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...
heavily snipped to bring a few of the salient points forth.. with age comes wisdom.. sometimes.
Dole should stick to peddling viagra!! Loser!! Wimp!!
A badge of honor, coming from an electoral and campaign loser like Dole.
Dole would know about landslides from the inside, given he’s still digging out from his LAME campaign of mush.
And yet, somehow, the CONSERVATIVE part of me doesn’t think he understands any of what caused his loss...
Yup, Mr Jello Dole, you were such an outstanding candidate.
Go back to your rino-hole and stay there.
I remember during Dole’s campaign being beside myself with frustration... we knew so much about what Clinton was up to in terms of corruption and criminality and Dole wouldn’t even hint at it.
I remember there was one moment during one of the debates when Clinton set himself up and Dole hesitated... I thought sure Dole was going to finally let him have it... and then, no. I knew in that moment the election was over.
What does Bob Dole know?
Bob Dole is wrong on this. But he does know something about losing elections. So we should take election advise from a loser like him?
Please note, I am speaking only about his losing the election in ‘96. Bob Dole is a war hero and a great man. He just doesn’t have much credibility on this issue.
Many of us felt the same way about your campaign, sir.
we knew so much about what Clinton was up to in terms of corruption and criminality and Dole wouldnt even hint at it.
shades of McCain.
The GOP-E is kickin’ in the afterburners for Mitt..
"Bob Dole says Bob Dole knows about getting beat."
Dole is an expert on losing by a landslide.
Oh Geee... You are till alive Bob?... Please don't be a carter, SU and be quiet... Elizabeth!... get him some pills please!
Bob Dole should do tell Bob Dole to do the best thing he ever did. Retire to obscurity.
It they had wanted to sink Newt, all they would have had to do was endorse him.
“Bob Dole is a war hero “
For that reason, I will cut the guy some slack and ignore what he has to say rather than laying into him....
So now that the last 3 failed Repubs in the general election have endorsed Romney, is that actually an endoresement of Newt?
He still hasn’t gotten over Newt calling him “tax collector for the welfare state”.
When you are on the right path any compromise will just lead you into the fetid swamps of DC.
I'm sure a lot of those in Washington hated to see their cozy life of laws for everyone but Congress, books published with almost no text to launder union campaign funds and unlimited check bouncing privleges disappear under Speaker Gingrich.
You can bet someone else wrote this letter for him and held his hand while he signed it.
“What a doofus.”
Bob Dole is one to talk. Worst candidate ever by the GOP. Even McCain was better than Dole.
Like he would know anything about winning a presidential election..................
I never could stand Dole or McLame, and seeing McLame with Romney the other day only made me want Romney even less. I wish Romney would just take Dole and McLame with him wherever he goes on the campaign. With friends like that, who needs enemies.
The others were Stephen Douglas who finished 10% behind Lincoln in 1860 and Taft who finished 19% behind Woodrow Wilson in 1912. Dole kept within 8.5% of Clinton, not quite as well as McCain did against Obama. You can look it up.
Why do all the losers support Mittens, oh the Republican establishment, rules. The skull and boners.
What the heck does Bob Dole know about winning National Elections?
The Power of Cheese
First, McCain chimes in. Now, I’ve heard everything - Dole opining on who or what a winning republican would or would not look like. Good grief.
The moment Newt left the new GOP went on a spending spree. The budget, under the new GOP control, was already projecting to be in deficit before 9-11. This was thanks to the wonderful GOP members who overthrew Newt and assumed leadership. Lets see the disasters who took over:
Tom Delay: Serious ethic charges, but got rid of Newt because of trumped charges .
Lindsey Graham: The group complained that Newt compromised with Clinton, yet Lindsey brought us the gang of 14 AFTER the GOP secured a large senate majority in 2002.
John Boehner. What a disastrous leader. He compromised with Obama before the GOP took control in 2010 and gave us Obamas new policy on Gays in the military and blew the opportunity to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. Barely over a year as house leaser and there are already whispers about his ability to lead. He is so busy crying, he cant see when he is being owned.
Former Senator Jim Talent who is Fellow at CATO and a Romney supporter is one of those insiders. Mark Levin tore apart Talents radio spot the other night. In the spot, Talent claims the GOP got rid of Newt because he was unpredictable as a leader. Levin stopped the tape and said, No, you got rid of Newt because you all were cowards. Talent lost in the Senate in 2006 to a weak and empty Claire McKaskill. He ran a pathetic campaign but yet claims Newt will be a disaster on the campaign trial.
Under Denny Hastert, the GOP went on to record spending and government growth. Ear marks and cronyism were the rule, not the exception. In essence, these Morons gave us Obama. Now they want to give us Romney and if we do not support them, we will be responsible for re-electing Obama.(?) What hypocrisy- the people who gave us Obama are going to blame us for his re-election.
This development reveals, I think, a great deal about the current state of “leadership” in the Republican party.
When losers such as Dole and McCain are held up, and great weight is assigned to their pronouncements, it’s way past time for a thorough housecleaning.
“.. with age comes wisdom.. sometimes.”
Yep, along with alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, and incontinent bowels. Sounds like Bob Dole is suffering from all the above.
Also, would like to ask Bob why he thinks anybody should listen to him blather about Newt. If memory serves me correctly, that idiot suffered a landslide loss to Clinton.
It’s kinda like the pot calling the kettle black..isn’t it?
SLAP! Mediocre/Friend to every Rat in Congress, Bob Dole. It's been 16 YEARS (that's a LIFETIME in Reality...meaning "being out of Congress") since he was in the spotlight and NOW he feels compelled to utter blatherings from the bed. Say G-night Bob.
He lost like mclame lost, good advise
1936: Alf Landon (R-KS), 8 electoral votes--FDR (D-NY), 523 electoral votes.
1996: Bob Dole (R-KS), 159 electoral votes--Clinton (D-AR), 379 electoral votes.
BD is experiencing ED (electoral dysfunction).
There will be people old enough to vote this November who can't remember his Presidential campaign, but might remember him talking on TV about "E.D."
Now all of these Republicans become elder statesmen. Heck, even Tom Delay weighed in - against Newt, of course, or we would have heard crickets.
” One thing Bob Dole knows, Bob Dole knows how to fall on his face”
NO! We set ourselves up for a landslide when we nominated him!!
Don't know why that is so (although it does appear to be so), since Joe Klein and other MSM smartasses gloated long and loud in their very next issues of TIME and Newspeak after the 1996 election, about "how we did it".
Dole can blame Newt all he wants -- fact is, Clinton and ("Toe-Sucker") Dickie Morris dialed up Dole as the Chump of the Year a year and a half before the election.
That was what Slick spent all his Chinese reptile money on -- focus-group and test-marketing work out in the "C" media markets (adspeak for Hicktown, Sticks in the Woods, and Gomerville: what they call us the rest of the time) to determine who was the weakest, chumpiest GOP RiNO Slick could run against. Dole was their Chumpathon winner -- and their MSM allies like Jonathan Alter began a 6-month campaign to help old Bob get the nomination.
Dole should be grateful the 'Rats found him useful; otherwise, all he'd ever be remembered for would be his American Express and blue-pill ads. That, and passing tax bills to nullify Ronnie Reagan's tax cuts.