YOU CAN'T BLAME KANSAS

IF A CHILDHOOD IN KANSAS IS THE WAY TO EXPLAIN Bob Dole's minimalist approach to public speaking, as we've been hearing lately, how do you account for my sister Sukey? She has spent more years living in Kansas than Dole ever did, and when she's of a mind to, she can talk the eyeballs right out of your head.

Sukey, I hasten to say, is nowhere near Dole's age. She has gained Kansas seniority over him by remaining in the state to sell real estate while he lives in Washington and works in the Senate. In my experience, taciturnity is not...

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