Dole Buries His Hatchet

But the edge remains

His aides respectfully address him as Senator, but out on the road strangers instinctively call him Bob. They are meant to. The Robert Dole who has been zigzagging across key primary states as a loyal son of the unpretentious Midwest is very persuasive. He strides into an Iowa room, folds his arms over his chest and starts off with a low-key joke. Nothing fancy, just a dry, self- deprecating aside that signals that he too knows what damn fools politicians mostly are. His audience always chuckles appreciatively.

Dole's public demeanor is so folksy that it is jarring to hear him privately...

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