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Bob Dole's Finest Hour

Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:00 AM

Bob Dole proved that during this election crisis.

While the battle for the presidency is not over yet, it almost is. George W. Bush and the American people will have much to thank Bob Dole for.

People like Bob Dole have made this country great and free.

When America was at risk in the fight against fascism, Dole was there as a real-life Private Ryan. On the front lines, during a bitter struggle against the Nazis, young Bob Dole lost his arm and almost his life.

In peacetime, Dole dedicated most of his life to public service. He retired from the Senate just a few years ago and could have headed to the golf course.

But citizen soldier Bob Dole has never given up.

With the Bush campaign near meltdown, Dole showed up in Florida and administered first aid.

He gave a badly impaired Bush campaign significant ground support. Dole, a beloved elder statesman, stated simply and eloquently that America deserved a fair election result. Americans believed him.

It might be said that Dole once again answered "the call," but that wouldn’t be exactly true.

There was no call. Soldier Bob Dole didn’t need one. He flew down to the front lines to be on the ground, stating what more timid souls were afraid to say.

In the days immediately following the election, no one knew for sure how this might turn. Polls seemed evenly divided for Bush and Gore.

Republicans like Sen. McCain simply disappeared. Colin Powell was off the radar screen and has kept just a low enough profile so he could land a job in either a Bush or a Gore administration. How sad.

Many others hedged bets and were quiet, unsure, indifferent. No doubt political types were concerned that if Gore somehow wound up president, who would want to be known as having been out front for Bush? What reprisals might come from a Gore administration?

Dole didn’t shrink.

He loudly decried the attempt to take this election from the rightful winner. He spoke as a military man of how soldiers were denied the right to vote after Gore’s team prevented the count of their absentee ballots.

The Bob Dole today is the same young, sharp, witty man of principle who first appeared on the national stage in 1976 as Gerald Ford’s running mate.

In 1996, sadly, he lost his own quest for the presidency. Had we had citizen soldier Bob Dole in the White House during the past four years, we surely would have been spared the Clinton nightmare. And now the Gore nightmare.

Perhaps Bob Dole didn’t succeed in his own campaign because he was, he thought, fighting for himself. He has always excelled when he has fought on our behalf.

I hope George W. Bush will remember well Bob Dole and his service on behalf of the American people. I believe that America needs a citizen soldier like Bob Dole representing us as secretary of state.

Why?

Because when the chips are down, Bob Dole is there, reporting for duty.

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