FROM THE DESK OF PEGGY NOONAN

TO: BOB DOLE DATE: JUNE 10, 1996

This week you leave the Senate, with a goodbye speech on the floor that is sure to be moving. Whatever happens in November, you've closed a great chapter of your life.

Now what? The standard thing to do is what all modern presidential candidates do: get on a plane and hop like a mighty flea from one end of the continent to the other. Your advance team will get the schedule late and throw events together haphazardly. They'll put you in the wrong room with the wrong crowd, with the TelePrompTer shading part of your face and with a bunch of...

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