I'M JUST THAT SIMPLE

AMERICAN POLITICIANS SHOW GENIUS AT PRETENDING TO BE MODEST, HOMESPUN HEROES

It was a riveting sight: there, in the capitol itself, a U.S. Senator often mocked for his halting, inarticulate speaking, reached deep into his Midwestern roots and spoke eloquently, even poetically, about who he was and what he believed, stunning politicians and journalists alike.

I refer, of course, to Senator Jefferson Smith. In Frank Capra's classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart plays this simple, idealistic small-town American, mocked and scorned by the big-moneyed, oh-so-sophisticated power elite--only to triumph over a corrupt Establishment with his rock-solid goodness.

At root, it is this role that soon-to-be-ex-Senator Bob Dole most aspires to...

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