Re: Bob Dole on todays’ GOP.

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Former senator Bob Dole (R-KS) said on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this past weekend that the Republican Party should put a sign on the door that says ‘closed for repairs.’ He said that the GOP of today would have no place for Ronald Reagan. I’m not sure I buy that. If Reagan had run in 2012, he would have won. In the same way that he ignored his advisers and challenged Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” he would have avoided the paralysis of focus group-dominated campaign management and taken his case to the American people in an understandable way and with a smile on his face.

But, accepting Sen. Dole’s premise for the moment:

If you believe there’s no room for Reagan in today’s GOP, Senator, surely you would then agree that that there is no room in today’s Democratic Party for John Kennedy, a tax-cutter, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who spoke openly of the problem of fatherlessness among black children and Joe Lieberman, who supported the Bush administration’s war on terror.

If you want to close something for repairs, Senator, repair the newsrooms at the legacy networks, the New York Times and the Washington Post. If those guys would report rather than cheerlead, some real debate regarding real solutions to real problems might emerge.

And with all due respect, Senator, your criticism would carry more weight had you not you lost your presidential bid by the largest margin for a Republican since Barry Goldwater.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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2 Responses

  1. Jim J says:

    Bob Dole is absolutely correct that the party is broken. But its not conservatives who are the problem – Its Bob Dole. He doesn’t think anything has changed since he was in congress. That was a lifetime ago and he still believes this is the same country. Its not, and the Obama administration is living proof that the old Soviet Politburo has not gone away, but has simply changed addresses. Ronald Reagan, if he were still with us today would see the threat clearly and he would be standing with conservatives. But Mr. Dole is still apparently adrift in the sea of ambiguity, which, bless his heart, is a much happier place than the reality his own grandchildren are facing. Thank you Mister Dole for your service, but you make no sense, and you need to take your pills.

  2. p k lewis says:

    Bob Dole, bless his heart, is typical of the way GOP chooses its candidates.
    A nice man with lots of credentials next in line…. but zero pizzazz or enthusiasm,
    McCain is another … pizzazz & like Dole, a go-along-to -get -along non personality.
    What did McCain say about Obama” a nice man who has nothing but good in his heart for the USA”. There’s a statement bound to fire up the millions!

    Lets see who is next in line???
    Does the GOP ever want to win??

    Or are we to be blessed with yet another member of the former Dem family ….Hillary!!!

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