IN SEARCH OF THE REAL BOB DOLE

One day last February, shortly after joining the Dole campaign, I managed to position myself up close to the Senator so that I could get a sense of what he was like as he worked the ropes during a campaign rally. I was carrying a copy of Bob Dole, the biography by Richard Ben Cramer. The candidate abruptly turned and reached out to sign it, assuming that I was just part of the crowd.

Then he looked up, recognized me as a member of his press corps and broke into a grin. "Arrrggghhh! Brought your homework," he joshed, addressing me for...

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