With His Wit About Him

As Congress returns, Dole has some delicate dancing to do

Bob Dole likes nothing better than salting his conversation with wry barbs, often aimed at Bob Dole. He even pokes fun at his presidential ambitions, which are complicated by the fact that this year he will frequently find himself at odds with Ronald Reagan or congressional Republicans or both over issues like tax reform and the budget. "I've been trying to keep one foot in 1988," he noted as he relaxed on a plane trip from his native Kansas last week. "Or one toe maybe. I may not have a foot in it."

With his full-throttle metabolism, the acerbic Senate majority...

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