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Bob Dole's acceptance speech was big--stern, daring, even at moments Churchillian--but it was marked most by a kind of interrupted eloquence. The speech betrayed the weight of a few too many hands. Even in its strongest, most poetic passages there seemed to be something missing. When Dole stirringly pointed to the exits in the convention hall and declared the Republicans the party of Lincoln, he invited any bigoted delegates to leave, "as I stand here and hold this ground." But the way the section was constructed, it seemed as if he were telling the party it was bigoted and no longer...

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