TO: BOB DOLE
DATE: MAY 27, 1996
Your Senate leave taking provided that most satisfying of political moments, when the words are as big as the event. Forget the June departure date, leave now and for good. You made a dramatic exit. To go back in the next three weeks and haggle is to blur the picture and confuse the public. Don't step on your own applause line: it's over, the tie is off, go West ol' man.
Now you go to the people. What they need from you is a clear new picture. Like Bush in 1988, you're famous but...