DOLE'S LONG ROAD

HIS CAMPAIGN WAS DOOMED BY A LACK OF VISION--BUT DISTINGUISHED BY TRUE GRIT

In a more or less conservative country, the more or less conservative candidate--Bob Dole--should have been a shoo-in for the presidency, especially against a feckless charmer whose Administration threw off scandal like spores. But until the end, Dole was barely competitive, and in the end he lost. There are three schools of thought on why. The first:

Everything went wrong. Dole was so bloodied and bankrupted by Steve Forbes in the primaries that he never fully recovered. The choice of Kemp for Vice President seemed bold, but Kemp as candidate was not: he was weak and embarrassing. The Republicans took an...

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