Campaign Portrait, Bob Dole:Survivor On the Track

Survivor On the Track Dole plugs conservatism with compassion

One of the few Republican beneficiaries of the Iranscam affair has been Kansas Senator Robert Dole, thrust into the role of hot candidate even as his fledgling campaign apparatus goes through birth pangs. This is the third in a series of profiles of the major 1988 contenders.

For Bob Dole, the most ordinary tasks pose extraordinary challenges. Buttoning his shirt, for example. Because there is no feeling in the tip of his left thumb and forefinger, he aligns the buttons by sight and gingerly guides them through the holes; each one can take ten minutes. In public appearances, he clasps a...