Quips, Power and Persuasion

They are not laughing so much at Bob Dole these days. It is not because Capitol Hill's lip-with-a-quip has lost his sense of humor. His wit is as irrepressible as ever. As he deftly shaped and pushed through the Senate a loophole-closing tax bill last week, the Kansas Republican eased tense moments with one-liners, delivered with his usual boyish grin, a bob of the head and a self-deprecating chuckle. When Republican Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island protested that he could not go along with Dole's key proposal to withhold taxes on interest...