Sailing Against the Wind

Like Captain Ahab, Bob Dole seems driven by his quest

"What is it, what nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it . . . I so keep pushing, and crowding, and jamming myself on all the time . . . ?"

-- Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

Robert Dole would not give in. Looking ghastly, his eyes glittering behind a sallow mask of TV makeup, Dole began a last-ditch 30-min. appeal to the voters of Illinois. Minutes into the live broadcast, the screen went black. Like Captain Ahab, who laughed when a freak storm reversed his ship's compass, Dole...

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