Bob Dole: Bob Dole endorses Christine O’Donnell

posted at 7:48 pm on September 24, 2010 by Allahpundit

Not only did he endorse her, he did it from his hospital bed at Walter Reed. And then he sent her the maximum possible donation allowable under law.

Second look at the GOP establishment?

Christine O’Donnell’s message resonated with the voters, and to the surprise of many she defeated Congressman Mike Castle, who many of us thought would win. The primary is over and in my opinion it is time for voters to join hands and support Christine O’Donnell. The Delaware seat is important and the winner in November could well determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.

I find many of the attacks on O’Donnell to be personal and lacking in balance and fairness. If her campaign wishes I am willing to assist in a limited way since I am still a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I will have surgery Monday, September 27.

Pretty great, and all the more so because his name is now being dropped by lefties like E.J. Dionne in the latest iteration of the eternal “Republicans of yesteryear were much nicer/smarter/better than Republicans of today” meme. Actual quote from Dionne’s hand-wringer last week lamenting the downfall of moderate, centrist conservatives like, er, Ronald Reagan, I guess:

Castle’s defeat at the hands of Christine O’Donnell, a perennial candidate who may be the least qualified Senate nominee anywhere in the country, does indeed mark the collapse of the Republican Party not only of Nelson Rockefeller and Tom Dewey but also of Bob Dole and Howard Baker…

Will moderate voters take a chance on the preposterous proposition that this Republican Party will turn around and work in a calm, bipartisan way with President Obama? Or will they use their ballots to wake up the Republicans and tell them that they need more Mike Castles, and fewer extremists?

Bob Dole’s presumptive answer: More “extremists.” I googled around to see if he and Castle are old friends, thinking that this endorsement might be a message aimed at getting MC’s attention. I didn’t find anything, but they’ve both been Republicans (specifically, moderate Republicans) active in government for so many years that I probably missed the evidence. Dole’s been out of the public eye for long enough that his support probably won’t make much difference to centrist Republicans in Delaware disgruntled about O’Donnell, but every little push towards getting RINOs to line up behind her helps. It’s a welcome gesture, and one for which I shall congratulate him at our next RINO Beltway cocktail party.

According to one of Jim Geraghty’s sources, the odds that Castle’s going to jump back in are now up to 50/50. Which, as I and others are increasingly convinced, could be the very best thing he can do for O’Donnell.


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Good for Dole.

rbj on September 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Deathbed conversion?

D0WNT0WN on September 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Castle’s defeat at the hands of Christine O’Donnell, a perennial candidate who may be the least qualified Senate nominee anywhere in the country, does indeed mark the collapse of the Republican Party not only of Nelson Rockefeller and Tom Dewey but also of Bob Dole and Howard Baker…

EJ Dionne is dead wrong about this statement. Regardless of what anyone thinks of Ms. O’Donnell the title of least qualified Senate nominee goes to Democrat Alvin Greene of South Carolina. ’nuff said.

Jill1066 on September 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM

RINOs to line up her behind helps.

Hahahahahahahahaha.

Rode Werk on September 24, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Rode Werk on September 24, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Whoops, fixed.

Allahpundit on September 24, 2010 at 7:53 PM

but every little push towards getting RINOs to line up her behind helps.

That’s what I’m talkin about.

Purple Fury on September 24, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Ha Dole was considered to be one of the “Mean” republicans back in the day.

Anyone remember he was Ford’s VP pick in 1976 ?

William Amos on September 24, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Bob Dole served his country in uniform with honor. I credit that for his willingness to be a good soldier and back Christine.

D0WNT0WN on September 24, 2010 at 7:54 PM

It’s a welcome gesture, and one for which I shall congratulate him at our next RINO Beltway cocktail party.

Yes sir it was a very nice gesture and when you give him his congratulatory thanks at the next RINO Beltway cocktail party could you give him my thanks as well.

fourdeucer on September 24, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Not only did he endorse her, he did it from his hospital bed at Walter Reed. And then he sent her the maximum possible donation allowable under law.

Second look at the GOP establishment?

I have never really thought of Bob Dole as establishment. He’s Bob Dole.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 7:56 PM

My respect for Dole diminished greatly when he publicly lusted after teenager Britney for Pepsi. Maybe O’D is his new infatuation…?

itsnotaboutme on September 24, 2010 at 7:57 PM

LOL

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw Bob’s photo on this article.

I love the man dearly, but he’s just come out of the middle of nowhere with this endorsement. I like it.

ButterflyDragon on September 24, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I find many of the attacks on O’Donnell to be personal and lacking in balance and fairness.

Yes, Karl and Charles, the man was referring to you.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Bob Dole knows who to support. You know it. I know it. The American People at home watching it.

Weebork on September 24, 2010 at 7:59 PM

… a real man.

Mojave Mark on September 24, 2010 at 7:59 PM

HAve these people forgotten about Alvin Greene down in SC? O’Donnell is afar more qualified than he is.

changer1701 on September 24, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I didn’t find anything, but they’ve both been Republicans (specifically, moderate Republicans) active in government for so many years that I probably missed the evidence.

To put Castle and Dole on the same level is really bizarre.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:00 PM

OT: FBI raids 8, including SDS organizer

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 8:01 PM

but every little push towards getting RINOs to line up behind her helps.

That’s a little better, but still could be tweaked. Yikes. o_O

conservative pilgrim on September 24, 2010 at 8:01 PM

It’s a welcome gesture, and one for which I shall congratulate him at our next RINO Beltway cocktail party.

Don’t be too disappointed if he doesn’t show up.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Bob Dole, RINO emeritus, leading the way. Follow ye modern day RINOS. Follow!

conservative pilgrim on September 24, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Wow. Real confidence builder there.

Southernblogger on September 24, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Does Elizabeth Dole have power of attorney?

Just sayin’.

Terrie on September 24, 2010 at 8:03 PM

This is kind of illogical since widespread trashing of O’Donnell is a pretty good way to tempt Castle into thinking he can win a write in campaign – which would cost Coons more RINO votes than the Bobster will ever swing into Christine’s column. But, whatever.

Seth Halpern on September 24, 2010 at 8:04 PM

George Bush, both of them, were more RINO than Dole.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Does Elizabeth Dole have power of attorney?

Just sayin’.

Terrie on September 24, 2010 at 8:03 PM

No kidding. I doubt she would have allowed this.

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM

George Bush, both of them, were more RINO than Dole.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Dole’s finest moment, IMHO, was in the 1976 Vice Presidential debate when he eviscerated Walter Mondale. Howard K. Smith, then of ABC News, pronounced Dole the clear winner until the liberal pundits began to spin Dole as a mean old hatchet man.

Terrie on September 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Yeah, I agree with the three some. The loons are too stupid to figure it out.

tarpon on September 24, 2010 at 8:09 PM

No kidding. I doubt she would have allowed this.

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM

But drooling over Britney Spears is perfectly cool?

Terrie on September 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Very nice gesture on Dole’s part. He didn’t have to do it but he is a decent human being and a chivalrous man to come to Christine’s aid. He should talk to Mike Castle and convince him to endorse her.

scrubjay on September 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM

does indeed mark the collapse of the Republican Party not only of Nelson Rockefeller and Tom Dewey but also of Bob Dole and Howard Baker

The wing of the Republican Party represented by those four losers deserves to collapse.

Sure, Dionne likes that kind of Republican–they lose.

Emperor Norton on September 24, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Dole’s finest moment, IMHO, was in the 1976 Vice Presidential debate when he eviscerated Walter Mondale. Howard K. Smith, then of ABC News, pronounced Dole the clear winner until the liberal pundits began to spin Dole as a mean old hatchet man.

Terrie on September 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Is that the debate where Mondale basically said that Republicans would get us into wars and Dole reminded him that we got into our last four wars under democrats?

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Those trying to trash Bob Dole seem to know little about Bob Dole.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Yep.

Terrie on September 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I hope his health gets a bit better and I appreciate that he reached out. Good for Bob.

tim c on September 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Norm MacDonald when this endorsement was made?

Just sayin’.

Terrie on September 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Bob Dole did at times want to compromise with Democrats but that was when some significant percent of Democrats were in the Truman/JFK mode, not the fascist statists they are today. Big difference.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Bob Dole Knows!

Kini on September 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM

As for the endorsement itself, bless Bob Dole’s heart. The fact that he’s doing this just prior to surgery on Monday is remarkable.

Emperor Norton on September 24, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Why to go Bob!

griv on September 24, 2010 at 8:25 PM

unity. bob dole understands standing in front of this onrushing wave is foolhardy. The establishment needs to step aside regroup and let the conservatives lead. they should be waiting in the wings incase the conservative movement fails not sniping from the shadows

unseen on September 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Alvin Greene is more qualified than Patty Murray. And smarter, too!

Adjoran on September 24, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Bob Dole did at times want to compromise with Democrats but that was when some significant percent of Democrats were in the Truman/JFK mode, not the fascist statists they are today. Big difference.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:16 PM

true.

unseen on September 24, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Bob Dole: Bob Dole endorses Christine O’Donnell

Bob Dole is making Castle look even little than he looked primary night.

To Bob Dole all I have to say is – Well Done!

Branch Rickey on September 24, 2010 at 8:32 PM

last time i was on the o’d website she had about 2.3M….that’s a lot of money

has anyone seen any DE ads? i hope she has lots of professional help with all this

r keller on September 24, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Mr. Dole’s generation gave a lot for America. They keep on giving.

Metanis on September 24, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Bob Dole did at times want to compromise with Democrats but that was when some significant percent of Democrats were in the Truman/JFK mode, not the fascist statists they are today. Big difference.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Agreed. It was different back then. RINOs weren’t considered RINOs and I don’t think Dole falls into that category. He’s always been a decent person. Wasn’t Howard Baker the one that urged Nixon to resign?

TxAnn56 on September 24, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Who?

Grow Fins on September 24, 2010 at 8:41 PM

I always liked Bob Dole.

Missy on September 24, 2010 at 8:49 PM

AllahPundit after BD’s endorsement:

I have always been a supporter of O’Donnell.

BobMbx on September 24, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Did he really endorse her in the 3rd person?

Damn SNL.

clement on September 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Uh..what was Doles’ nickname in the Senate? Does anyone remember?

It was “The great compromiser”.

In other words, he was the original RINO, sort of the RINO-in-Chief. No, even worse, he invented RINOism.

BobMbx on September 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Senator Dole has always been a man of grace and dignity, this was a great gesture. I hope it helps.

Cindy Munford on September 24, 2010 at 9:01 PM

+1, Bob. Good on ya.

Christien on September 24, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Bob, you rascal!

AshleyTKing on September 24, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Thanks, Bob .. always liked ya !! :-)

pambi on September 24, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Second look at the GOP establishment?

The people that helped get us into this mess? No chance.

FloatingRock on September 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM

The GOP establishment ha simply got to be eliminated—as efficiently as possible.

FloatingRock on September 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Bob Sole is great.

In the third person

Kini on September 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM

And by the process of eliminating the GOP establishment, we’ll be eliminating the D establishment at the same time.

FloatingRock on September 24, 2010 at 9:19 PM

This is kind of illogical since widespread trashing of O’Donnell is a pretty good way to tempt Castle into thinking he can win a write in campaign – which would cost Coons more RINO votes than the Bobster will ever swing into Christine’s column. But, whatever.

Seth Halpern on September 24, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Gotta make it believable.

alwaysfiredup on September 24, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Dont forget that Dole also endorsed the traitor Charlie Crist in Florida.

It’s really hard to figure out some people. Their motives, their strategy, etc.

I wonder if Dole should retract his endorsement of Crist?

Crist is using it in campaign advertising.

AnthonyK on September 24, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Dont forget that Dole also endorsed the traitor Charlie Crist in Florida.

And a whole bunch of conservatives voted for him, too.

BobMbx on September 24, 2010 at 9:49 PM

AnthonyK on September 24, 2010 at 9:36 PM

I suppose it may help my opinion of Dole, slightly, if he retracted his Crist endorsement, but to be honest I’d prefer that Crist simply lose, like the pathetic woose that he is, and that then, maybe, (doubtfully), the establishment might notice that n o b o d y gave a rats azz what their “Dole” thought about anything either way.

FloatingRock on September 24, 2010 at 9:54 PM

And a whole bunch of conservatives voted for him, too.

BobMbx on September 24, 2010 at 9:49 PM

He was the “most electable”.

Seriously, though, I kind of liked Dole on a personal level and would have voted for him if not for his wife. I didn’t like her because she wanted to teach public school children, all of then, how to be good little subjects and pee into cups for urinalysis.

See? The cups have funny cartoon characters! Aren’t they silly? Here’s a lolly pop—now, go pee into this cup and give it to the nurse…..

I wasn’t surprised years later tried to pull the witch-card on her opponent, but I was glad when she lost.

FloatingRock on September 24, 2010 at 9:58 PM

The first campaign was one of Bob’s….in 1962! (Yes, I am officially older than dirt) He started out as a hard-nosed conservative, glad to see him return to the fold.

michaelo on September 24, 2010 at 10:20 PM

And we all should wish him well on his medical problems. For those who don’t know he was horribly wounded in WWII, with his right arm pretty useless except for carrying the pen in it.

michaelo on September 24, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Bob Dole was always a moderate Republican, never a movement conservative. But I don’t think RINO ever really fit him. He may have been willing to compromise with Democrats, but he never really sold out his party.

There Goes The Neighborhood on September 24, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Bob Dole served his country in uniform with honor. I credit that for his willingness to be a good soldier and back Christine.

D0WNT0WN on September 24, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Bob Dole was always a moderate Republican, never a movement conservative. But I don’t think RINO ever really fit him. He may have been willing to compromise with Democrats, but he never really sold out his party.

There Goes The Neighborhood on September 24, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Dole was and is old school. He’s an honorable man. The meaning of a moderate today is really just a soft communist in an elephant costume.

JellyToast on September 24, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Good for him. Believe it or not, even most of O’Donnell’s critics on the Right would be effing ecstatic if she won.

Sekhmet on September 24, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Bob Dole: Bob Dole endorses Christine O’Donnell

I see what you did there.

Red Cloud on September 24, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Fox 29 News (local media) is reporting that the GOP has tonight at a GOP dinner thrown its full weight behind the Christine O’Donnell candidacy and that even party chairman Tom Ross who said that COD could not be elected dog catcher also did as well.

technopeasant on September 25, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Yeah, the Republican stalking horse for Clinton in 1996. I remember how well he resonated with the voters. Maybe he has more clout now.

leftnomore on September 25, 2010 at 4:32 AM

A person wins the Republican nomination, fair and square then all these RINO’s turn on her encouraging the loser to run against her. Hmmm-sounds like Liberals to me.

Herb on September 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Dole was a gracious LOSER to Bubba in ’96.

He killed the “Contract with America” when it got to the HOLY Senate Chamber.

He was a great “attack dog” during the VP debate against Mondale (think skinnier, handicapped Chris Christie).

But this was a nice gesture on his part. Godspeed Mr. Dole (thank you for your sacrifice during WWII).

PappyD61 on September 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Reaching across the aisle.

Kissmygrits on September 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Believe it or not, even most of O’Donnell’s critics on the Right would be effing ecstatic if she won.

Sekhmet on September 24, 2010 at 11:28 PM

You’d never know that from the outright hostility to her. I mean, to hear some in these very pages speak, She’s a guaranteed loser! Why, she’s already lost!

There’s only one poll that counts, boys and girls, and Bob Dole knows it: the one that gets taken on November 2, 2010. All the rest are smoke and mirrors.

gryphon202 on September 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM

So, I take it that Dionne thinks Alvin Greene is more qualified to be a Senator than O’Donnell?

BadgerHawk on September 25, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Bob dole was no rino he was a true conservative. He wouldn’t have been so forgiving of libs today. Love my fellow Kansan. get well soon Mr.dole

bessex on September 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM

but every little push towards getting RINOs to line up her behind helps.

BUT, don’t line up behind RINO’s because they’re retromingent.

Akzed on September 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Senator Al Franken.

Don’t you dare tell me it’s not possible.

papertiger on September 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Let us not forget Reagan’s 11th Commandment – “Thou shalt not speak badly about another Republican.” Seems both Castle in Delaware and Murkowski in Alaska already have, and it is ample evidence again that they were part of the problem, and certainly not part of the solution. To quote another old, old Republican – “Out, Out Damn Spot,” and take Murkowski with you.

georgeofthedesert on September 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Will moderate voters take a chance on the preposterous proposition that this Republican Party will turn around and work in a calm, bipartisan way with President Obama?

They just don’t get it. We don’t want anybody to work with Obama. Period. His ideas for the country are communist and disastrous (then again, I am repeating myself).

We just want to put a stop to everything he is doing until he leaves office in two more years. We also want to roll back everything that he had done so far.

Why in the world would we want _anybody_ to work with him?

Theophile on September 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM