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10/11/2009

DNC Pulls Bob Dole Ad

Filed under: Health Care,Politics — DRJ @ 3:37 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Last week, health care supporters trumpeted comments by Bob Dole on health care as evidence Dole supports ObamaCare and was critical of GOP for refusing to consider reform in a bipartisan manner. The DNC even had a TV ad scheduled to air Monday that contrasts Dole with Republican leaders.

Dole objected to the ad’s suggestion that he opposed Republican leaders or endorsed specific legislation “when he’s tried to keep what he’s supporting ‘pretty generic’.” Thus, before it even aired, the DNC has pulled the ad at the request of Dole and the White House:

“Dole is quoted saying, “I want this to pass. … We’ve got to do something,” and the ad attempts to contrast that attitude with that of current GOP congressional leaders, which the DNC describes as “siding with the insurance companies and just saying no to insurance reform.”

“I wish they hadn’t done it,” Dole said of the DNC ad in a phone interview with ABC News on Sunday afternoon, saying that the ad’s depiction of current GOP leaders “is just not my view.”

He found it a bit ironic that “all I’ve been doing is urging bipartisanship” and that was used for partisan purposes.”

Dole reportedly reached out to Rahm Emanuel who told the DNC to pull the ad.

— DRJ

29 Responses to “DNC Pulls Bob Dole Ad”

  1. The attempts by the DNC to use Dole’s own supportive comments against his own party on the topic of health care was simply a poor idea. If someone is helping your cause by agreeing with you at some level, why would you try to put a rift between that person and those they normally affiliate with? You are far better off quietly taking the support that this brings on it own. Its a good thing that the ad was scrapped.

    Wellescent Health (412e57)

  2. If I recall correctly, wasn’t the phrase “We’ve got to do something” the same one Dole used at the worst possible moment during the threatened “government shutdown” of the mid-1990s, spoiling all the Republicans’ leverage?

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  3. You know, every time you write “Dole” up there, it should say “Bob Dole”. Try it that way, it’s much funnier. You original post wasn’t very funny.

    docweasel (b970ac)

  4. DRJ – If the king of teen pooter porn says you’re not funny, I’m not sure how you’re going to live with yourself. docweasel just radiates credibility!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  5. So only click on that person’s link if you have a tolerant workplace.

    Jeez.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  6. I really hope when I’m 85 freaking years old and an ex-Senator I’m not so senile and butt-stupid as to pop my mouth off like a complete Lindsey Grahamesque poofter dorkwad and expect the dirty socialists not to make an ad out of it. Time for your Ovaltine, Useless.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  7. Mr. Feet, there is no problem with wanting to work with people with whom you have differences.

    You just have to have a set of standards and beliefs. Because your opponents do. I think Mr. Graham has forgotten this.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  8. Well, you were being impatient with Bob Dole, but the principle still remains.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  9. I like Jim DeMint. He’s solid. Also he has 50% more capital letters in his name than stupid old Bob Dole.

    Actually our COO person at work thinks Bob Dole is the paragon of legislators. We were drinking once and he pretty well talked me in to agreeing with him. But it would be ok if he stopped talking now I think. Someone should get him a Wii for Christmas.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  10. happyfeet, why so hard on Bob Dole? And really, calling him useless and inferring it’s perhaps due to his age? That’s really surprising coming from you.

    Bob Dole is an all-American story and has served his country well, while remaining consistent in his politics and values. Few accomplish that. And that he caught the irony of the situation posted, makes me think he is still very viable, age notwithstanding.

    “all I’ve been doing is urging bipartisanship” and that was used for partisan purposes.”

    Dana (863a65)

  11. I’m not so senile and butt-stupid as to pop my mouth off like a complete Lindsey Grahamesque poofter dorkwad and expect the dirty socialists not to make an ad out of it.

    And happyfeet, if he were senile he would not have only not caught the irony of the moment but he would not have had the presence of mind to contact Rahm Emaunel to have the ad removed. Bob Dole is not responsible for the dirty socialists decision to skew his pov and make an ad out of it.

    Dana (863a65)

  12. Bob Dole is useless. His one-term anbd buh-bye hoochie is also useless. He’s covering his useless geriatric ass is all so he can still collect speech monies and people will return his calls.

    The link to what he is trying to walk back is up there. Read that and tell me he’s of use. He’s not. Bob Dole is a detriment.

    Let me be clear. If Republicans work together with the dirty socialists on a health care bill, the laughable yet highly impoverishing and fatal results will be more than enough to completely and thoroughly depreciate whatever value one might put on the Bobster’s service.

    This dirty socialist health care farce is the beginning of the end of what used to be a pretty cool little country.

    It’s very sad, and someone has apparently explained to poor old demented Bob that the stakes are truly very high. He’s sorry. He didn’t know.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  13. Only two Republicans have been on a presidential ticket that lost twice: Tom Dewey (1944, 1948) and Bob Dole (1976, 1996).

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  14. oh. one-term *and* buh-bye hoochie I mean… but it’s not just them. Our entire political class is not one what is worthy of any respect at all I don’t think. Scum. Like journalists just uglier. Except Mr. DeMint. This week, anyway.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  15. Eric – I don’t think docweasel has the teen pooter porn on his main page any longer. You may have to click onward a few times. He claims it is all very legal, or at least he did when he got into a scrap with Jeff G. over it a little while back.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  16. oh. DRJ’s link isn’t to the original report of Dole’s insipid paean to bipartisanship.

    Shut up, Bob.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  17. I really hope when I’m 85 freaking years old and an ex-Senator I’m not so senile and butt-stupid as to pop my mouth off like a complete Lindsey Grahamesque poofter

    You should save some of that ire for all the people around you — throughout America and the human race in general — who lean left and have about as much common sense as a bratty 10-year-old. Such “leftys” could be your neighbor, friend, spouse, son, daughter, mother, father, cousin, co-worker, etc. IOW, in the real world one has to accept that a differing (and perhaps idiotic) POV is a fact of life. So if a Dole or Graham are quite bad in your mind, you’re setting yourself up for major unhappiness and disappointment. That’s because there are a lot more people in society who will be far, far worse.

    Mark (411533)

  18. from the above link… this is interesting – between puddin’ cups the Bobster apparently fancies a bit of going rogue…

    Dole also said he had been approached by Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and asked not to issue a statement calling for passage of a health care reform bill, a request he said he declined.

    Octagenarians what feel compelled to endorse trillions of dollars of spending stretching decades into the future are what made this such a fabulous little country I think. Thanks of a grateful nation, Bob.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  19. happyfeets,

    Bob Dole is from a by-gone era and it’s good that Bob Dole’s era is gone. But Bob Dole still has a good Bob Dole sense of humor.

    And hopefully this comment will make docweasel happy.

    DRJ (7fbae6)

  20. Yes, DRJ. He’s a good man, but he’s dangerously wrong about what will result from “bipartisanship.”

    I loved Johnny Carson after he retired. When he retired? He retired. It was beautiful.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  21. I agree, happyfeets. But I’d much rather deal with what Bob Dole says than with what Democratic “elder statesmen” like Robert Byrd and Al Gore say.

    DRJ (7fbae6)

  22. But I apologize for my curmudgeonlyness, Dana. It’s just I really think it’s just that bad, this place our little country finds itself. We’ll likely never get it back, what we lose. And we stand to lose an awful lot. Bob Dole however doesn’t stand to lose anything at all. That shouldn’t be overlooked here.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  23. I don’t respect Bob Dole very much because of his unprincipled shilling, such as for the ethanol boondoggle.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  24. Dole was known for his biting humor, and he used it on politicos from both parties. My favorite quote from him: after he was shown a pic of the surviving Presidents at the time (Carter, Ford and Nixon), he just said “see no evil, hear no evil…evil.”

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  25. Bob Dole was GOP leader in the Senate when he resigned to run for President. He said he wanted everyone to know he was a serious candidate and wasn’t just going through the motions knowing that no matter the election results he would retain his Senate job. He wanted to demonstrate honor and integrity.

    The Democrats promptly started smearing Dole calling him a “quitter.” That’s what passes for bipartisanship, Democrat style.

    Both Hillary and Obama cynically kept their Senate positions while they ran for the Oval Office. I didn’t hear a peep from the watchdogs of democracy. Both seats subsequently were put up for auction on the political equivalent of eBay. That’s another example of what Democrats call bipartisanship.

    ropelight (ff663b)

  26. Eric – I don’t think docweasel has the teen pooter porn on his main page any longer. You may have to click onward a few times. He claims it is all very legal, or at least he did when he got into a scrap with Jeff G. over it a little while back.

    yeah, you may have to click 4-5 times through to find the page so you can be “offended”, you frickin’ hypocrites :p

    btw, the blog is a group blog, so making generalities about the members doesn’t really work. and the fact that one of our members had a beef with Jeff G. hardly makes them unique on the internet. You can’t swing a cat without hitting someone who hasn’t had a tiff with him, he’s chronically put upon and pouting about something.

    Think Charles Johnson with all the douchiness and without the pony tail.

    docweasel (b970ac)

  27. Why so hatey – hatey?

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  28. ropelight is right – I think it should be illegal for a sitting senator or rep to run for other national office. It’s a blatant conflict of interest.

    and also DMAC is right these hateful docweasels are a menace to all that is good and right. Jeff G. is the best one so you shut you docweasel face I think.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  29. *Dmac* I mean – it’s cause when I first saw your name I read it like that finance company that used to exist but doesn’t anymore

    happyfeet (71f55e)


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