The Dole’s and Reagan’s were men who thought first what was best for the country and then thought about how they could win an election. They were politicians who recognized that compromise was not a dirty word and they could not get everything they wanted. They knew that their party was comprised of mere mortals and if someone was a Democrat they too were capable of good ideas.
If it was not for Watergate Nixon would be remembered as the President who got us out of Viet Nam and rekindled our relationship with China.
Compare these men to those in the Republican primary this past election; Gingrich, Romney, Paul, Cain, Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman and Perry. No wonder we lost.
Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are talked about as candidates for 2016. If this is the type of candidate we have in 2016 we will lose again and we should. The Republican party has surrendered to the Tea Party.
Bob Dole was also right about Barack Obama. He does not realize communication is more than just a good speech. He still has not learned how to communicate including the art of listening. He blew it with health care by shutting the Republicans out of the discussion and has been paying a price ever since.
Further, Obama does not grasped the concept that for a president, failing is not an option. We are getting nowhere at resolving our economic problems including gaining better control of our debt. A major reason is the President has surrendered to complacency. He is our leader and he needs to lead.