The Shadow President

For Bob Dole, the health-care battle is the first primary in his own campaign for the White House

In Washington games of good cop-bad cop, Bob Dole often plays the heavy. But last week a different Dole was on display. While some of his Republican colleagues were busy blasting Bill Clinton's domestic agenda to pieces, the Senate minority leader gave every appearance of struggling to put things back together again. On health care, Dole asked, "Why aren't we sitting together? Why don't we make a list of all the things we agree on?" Later, when an angry Clinton blamed G.O.P. partisanship for sinking the crime bill, Dole declared that "playing the blame game won't get us anywhere" and faxed...

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