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Posted on 07/04/2009 3:10:43 AM PDT by truthfreedom
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, May 15) -- Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kan.) electrified Washington today, resigning from the Senate to campaign full time for the White House (256K WAV sound).
"I announce that I will forego the privileges not only of the office of the majority leader but of the United States Senate itself, from which I resign effective on or before June 11th," a choked-up Dole told a Capitol Hill news conference, flanked by Republican lawmakers and a few Democrats. "And I will then stand before you without office or authority, a private citizen, a Kansan, an American, just a man."
Republicans, who learned of Dole's intentions early today, were quick to laud the decision. "This is exactly the right thing to do," House Speaker Newt Gingrich told reporters after the announcement. Praising the boldness of the strategy, Gingrich said it was the most effective speech he had heard Dole give. Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour said Dole's decision was "absolutely" right.
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did he quit 3 and a half years before the election?? Or after he had the nomination sewn up?
What’s the difference? A quitter is a quitter. Dole quit his term with about 2 and a half years to go. Palin has less than 2 years left.
Bob Dole and Juan McLame were both very old has beens when they were nominated simply because they’d been hanging around so very long.
Hell with that reasoning Robert Byrd should now be president.
Neither were really conservatives and neither was G.W. Bush.
Hopefully Sara Palin will remain true to her roots and remain a REAL conservative.
Go Cuda, show the boys how to kick ass.
You like her I like her, but that’s because we’re conservatives. Most of the liberal morons who vote have been told to hate her by the unending media assault on her and they do because they’re too stpid to have values of their own. Even worse a lot of so-called conservatives in the “fat moron daughter of Mccain” camp hate her too. This includes the republican “leadership” (to use the term advisedly.)
And quitting really got Dole far, didn’t it?
He quit to run for president, by the way.
He was the Republican candidate for President. He had won the nomination.
If Sarah Palin was going to follow Dole’s example, she would have quit when McCain picked her as his running mate, not 8 months after they lost. The only example of Dole’s she followed was losing an election as the VP candidate to Jimmy Carter.
Her real reason for quitting is so she can write a book and cash in on her fame before it’s all gone.
I think she just sucks up too much oxygen.
She’s causing the same problem for Republicans that Clinton caused for Democrats after he left office. He wouldn’t move out of the way, and now it looks like she’s not going to either.
There’s no parallel here, for either side of the question “should she have quit?”
Dole had spent a lifetime in the Senate, Palin is a rookie governor.
Dole was an old has-been who the liberals giggled at. Palin has the liberals so frightened they have launched a series of “ethics attacks” coordinated from the Oval Office to make her remaining time in the governor’s chair untenable.
I think she may have pulled a jujitsu move on the Big Zero Messiah.
It doesn’t mean I think this makes it easier to win the presidency herself. It probably doesn’t.
But it does free her up to go after that lousy commie muzzie lying Kenyan usurper and destroyer of the US Constitution. She doesn’t have to actually become president to become one of the most important figures in US history.
Sure, I guess, but the point I was trying to make was that Dole quit the Senate to campaign for President, and no one suggested he was a quitter. They shouldn’t call Palin a quitter either.
More politicians should quit their current jobs when running for another office. Voters are voting for someone to do the job, not for someone to run for a different job. Voters are getting shortchanged when someone doesn’t do their job, and spends a lot of time running for a different job.
Palin is a threat to the status quo. She shakes up the old guard of the Republican party. And they are afraid of losing their lofty perches so they tear her down.
There is not a nickel difference between the DemocRAT and Republican parties.
Time for a new REAL conservative party yet?
I am ashamed of being in a party that is simply dem lite.
AND I’ll be damned if I’ll ever vote again for some old fool just because he is the parties nominee and is possibly better that the liberal they put up but still a liberal p.o.s. or middle of the roader.
That is the elephant in the room. Look, she could start a legal fund tomorrow and have 200K by weeks end and 500K within a month to pay off her legal fees. I have noted many Freepers talking about her going on speaking tours and ranking in huge sums. She loses all moral high ground if she is seen to be enriching herself at the expense of the Alaskan people and American public.
She has a book coming out, I know she is going to sell a ton of copies, money should not be a driving factor.
What? You mean just possibly New York got short changed having Mrs. Clinton as a senator?
I understand what you are saying.
My gov. Crist has been running for any job higher that Gov. of Florida since day one.
Dole quit when running for President.
If Palin runs for President, she too will have quit to run for President.
Dole wasn’t criticized for it and neither should Palin.
It’s funny, her quitting could be second guessed if she doesn’t run for President, but if she does run for President, it’s to be expected, as Dole did it without being criticized.
She’s the natural leader of the Republican party. Move out of the way? Why would she do that? She just drew 20k in upstate NY.
When Presidential candidates miss work in Washington DC because they’re too busy in Iowa or New Hampshire shaking hands, they aren’t doing what the voters elected them to do. Hillary, also Obama, but our guys too.
Dole showed great integrity when he resigned the Senate for his Presidential run.
Sarah Palin is showing that same integrity and being burned for it.
The media has decided sarah Palin isnt liberal enough for them and they will do ANYTHING to harm her chances for President.
To be honest I don’t think she can make it, and if were me I wouldnt put my family through that grist mill for the stinking job .
I like her, and her politics better than any candidate the Republicans now have, by 2012 even the media may have enough of Bamalamadingdong, but will they support Palin or will they put all their power behind some middle of the road RINO? My guess is they will go with the RINO.
Not even close in comparison. I feel like some folks are trying to question our sensibilities and intelligence with posts like this. Time to drink some coffee.
You don’t see a difference between quitting 2 years before your term expires and 3 years before the primaries even began (which means she could have finished her term and still had plenty of time to run full time) and quitting once you’ve been nominated as the candidate by your party?
Palin should have finished out her term at least.
If she was really serious about being taken serious, she would have run for reelection, and then run for president as a successful 2 term governor. That’s what you really need. Hillary put off running for president until she was reelected to a second Senate term. And at least 0bama didn’t quit the institution he had just been elected to just 2 years in to run for president.
What Palin did is ridiculous.
And I think she’ll find she gets shunned for it.
A half-term governor who quit doesn’t do the GOP any good in presidential politics. Her appeal was that she was a governor. She no longer is. She didn’t even complete her term. That makes her finished politically.
Sarah Palin is not the natural leader of the Republican party.
The Republican party is leaderless, in case you haven’t noticed.
She’s only the leader if the example is to resign.
Hmmm... maybe she ought to be the leader for a lot of these Republicans.
Funny, isn’t it?
Mark Sanford won’t resign, but Sarah Palin does out of the blue.
Man, the GOP is f’ed up.
And look how well it worked for him?
I’m with you. Dole showed integrity, Palin is showing integrity. Best to just remind people of Dole when Palin is called a quitter. Gingrich and Barbour praised Dole when Dole quit the Senate to campaign for President.
The media doesn’t like Palin, yes, but Palin is the most popular Republican around, and after she helps the GOP pick up seats in 2010, she’ll be the clear front-runner. Media attacks would be unlikely to derail her. The media has been pretty nasty, and she’s still able to draw 20k in a little town in upstate ny.
I'm buy no means a Palin cheerleader, but I have to ask:
What's that all about?
Did Dole quit in 96 to campaign for the 2000 elections.
There is no real comparison between his and Sarah’s decision.
If I was trying to put a spin on Palin’s resignation I would counter by asking whether it's better to get elected to the Senate, and within a year start running for President ignoring all your duties as Zero did. He needed the platform and paycheck.
Palin is doing it the proper way.
I understand your argument. You think so much of your lengths of time that you need to put them in CAPS. What you haven’t explained is the exact line, in time, when it becomes, for lack of a better term, “acceptable quitting”. The voters of Kansas were deprived of Bob Dole’s services as a Senator for 2 AND A HALF YEARS when he quit.
If your argument has anything to do with quitting a job that the voters hired you to do, it matters little how many months of campaigning they have to do. Why at all, to the voters of Kansas or Alaska, does it matter how many months or years away a Presidential election is? The voters elected Dole to a Senate term - he had more than 2 years left. The voters elected Palin to a Gubernatorial term - she had less than 2 years left.
You’re comparing apples to oranges. Dole quit with more than 2 years left. Palin quit with less than 2 years left.
In Doles case, the election was 6 months away. In Palins case, the election was over 3 years away.
But the voters of Kansas or Alaska don’t care about the Presidential election. They care about finishing the term.
I’m not gonna’ respond, in the hopes that you’ll cool your jets.
You're comparing apples to oranges.No, actually you're comparing apples to oranges.
Then why did you respond to tell me you weren’t going to respond?
Writing a book is a good idea. Obama's book helped him be a familiar (although faked) figure to the American voters .
THEN he ran for President.
The voters of Illinois voted for Obama to be their Senator in Washington, DC, not to run for President. Obama did not represent the voters of Illinois at all well. He missed votes, because he wanted a better job. He should have resigned, like Palin did, because the voters of Illinois deserve a Senator that will show up for work.
But you think that a Senator who doesn’t show up for votes (Obama) is better than a politician who quits their job because they feel their constituents deserve a politician who can give 100% (Palin).
Obama making less than a quarter of Senate votes -
And Newt Gingrich has written 20 books.
I guess that makes him a shoe in!
and were the democrats critical of Kathleen Sebelius (and others) for resigning to take up Obama’s cause? her Lt. Governor had to balance the state’s budget.
but that’s quitting for a different reason right?
Sarah Palin is the natural leader of the Republican Party. It will be much easier for her to lead now that she’s not Governor of Alaska anymore. She’s the most popular R, drawing 20k.
Great Obama/Chavez/Obama/Chavez morphing!!!
Sarah is quitting to form a CONSERVATIVE PARTY. This is something that will take a lot longer than just running for a major party nomination. The Republicans will not rid themselves of the RINOs so it is time for us to rid ourselves of the Republicans. It’s Republicans in Alaska that have caused her so much heartache, they are no longer the friend of the CONSERVATIVE! Sarah can do this! She has time to create a third party that can WIN for CONSERVATIVES. We are on our way to a better America. RUN SARAH RUN!
I think 0bama is lousy all around.
But Palin could have finished out her term and THEN went on to write her book, run for some other office, etc.
This just makes her a quitter.
That’s fine if she was done with politics or wanted to make more money for her family.
But it’s about the worst thing to do if she’s trying to position herself for higher office.
I suspect she’s not.
I think she’s ready to go back to being a wife and mom, and maybe make a little money with her book and on speaking engagements.
Feel free to pass it along.
Why at all does it matter when the elections are? The voters aren’t voting for you to run for President.
When you run for President, you often fail to serve your constituents.
i think you should listen to her speech again. every time she tries to do something, they try to tie her up, legally or otherwise, and it has made her ineffective. she could just go along and collect a paycheck, but what that be right? she said she had already achieved the goals she set out for her term. better for the unencumbered LG to carry on - better for Alaska, and better for her. seems logical to me.
She might be one of the most popular Republicans with the base for right now, but she’s not the most electable.
Perhaps there aren’t any electable Republicans right now.
The party is going to die without some new blood, or a triumphant return of some old heroes.
Obama making less than a quarter of Senate votes
You think Obama is gonna want to call Palin a quitter?
Palin can just reply “You should’ve quit Obama - you seriously neglected your job.”
Of course the books didn't make him a shoo-in.
Which autobiography of Gingrich's do you like best?
I’m comparing “how much time left in term” (apples) to “how much time left in term” (apples) . In Doles case it was more than 2 years. In Palins case it was less than 2 years.
When the Presidential election is is irrelevant, because the voters weren’t electing “someone to run for President” they were electing someone to do a job of Governor or Senator.
Politicians give a lot of excuses for why they do things.
I think what is most revealing is how she talks about what most politicians do and how she’s “not politics as usual.”
I think she may be trying to make it look like she’s “shaking things up” as a cover for taking an ill-advised gamble for her own self-promotion.
Anything she tries to do after this will get her branded as a flake and an opportunist.
Yeah, they quit their jobs all the time to do something else (often to join the administration). I’m pretty confused about why Palin is getting so much grief about it, except for the fact that the media wants to hurt Palin so much that it doesn’t matter to them if their attacks make any sense.
The time remaining to their terms is not the comparison... it’s their status in life. Dole was a long time leader in the Senate. Palin is a half-term governor. Dole was the nominated Republican candidate for President of the United States. Palin has a lot of time to kill until the 2012 election, for which she is neither nominated nor declared. And after quitting as governor, no longer even a serious contender.
She’s no more a quitter than Bob Dole, who was praised by Gingrich and Barbour when he quit to campaign for President.