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WHY DID DOLE BAIL OUT GINGRICH? IT TOOK AN OLD CIGAR BOX, A BACK ROOM ON THE HILL AND THREE MUSES

Bob Dole sounded pretty happy when it was all over, chortling like a kid about keeping a secret, doing a good deed, being "back in the game." It certainly was a stunning way to come out of retirement. By lending Newt Gingrich $300,000 at 10% interest to pay off an ethics-committee fine, Dole had preserved Gingrich's job as House Speaker (at least for now), done his party a favor and maybe even saved a marriage along the way.

The man who never does anything psychologically simple had been scheming about Newt's problems for months. Dole told his old campaign manager Scott...

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