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  1. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I think Dole would have more luck fighting Mothra than trying to convince the GOP that they need debugging…

  2. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago


  3. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 3 years ago

    I believe Archer Daniels Midland bought Bob Dole many years ago, they probably still own him. Somebody owns most of the Congress and ex-Congress, GOP and Democrat.

  4. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    Haha! Bob Dole is disgusted with Republicans. The world has turned upside down indeed.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, over 3 years ago


    A one-word comment is silly. All it says is that you don’t like what’s in the comment. But you don’t and can’t refute the quotes within it, quotes by important Republican leaders who are disgusted with the current Republican direction.

  6. John Locke

    John Locke said, over 3 years ago

    Bob Dole was of the generation of Republicans who merely attempted to slow the growth of the liberal government experiment. That isn’t good enough today.

  7. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @John Locke

    “Bob Dole was of the generation of Republicans who merely attempted to slow the growth of the liberal government experiment. That isn’t good enough today.”

    Especially since you have Republicans like G W Bush, who presided over several massive expansions of government bureaucracy and spending such as the TSA, Dept of Homeland Security, and Medicare Part D.

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago


    Your comments here and elsewhere show you have named yourself well. At a time and place in our country’s life where we need open minds, open hearts, compromise, and intelligent debate, it is the most narrow minded citizens, liberals AND conservatives, who drive the conversation off of the road into the right ditch, and then the left ditch, with no effort at all to keep gov’t near the center of the road and moving forward.
    Mr. Dole knows that each presidency is a new experiment to find something that works. Mr. Clinton got us out of debt and built a surplus, his experiment worked. We will never know if Mr. Obama’s ideas would have worked because narrow minded conservatives refuse to participate in any gov’t led by our current President. The failure of conservatives to present legislation offering new ideas or alternatives shows Republicans do not care about jobs or the middle class as much as they care about making Obama and Democrats look bad. Harry Reid and Pelosi do well making the Dems look bad, but Republicans have become the Berlin wall within the halls of the Capital Dome and seem to be willing to see our nation fail rather than do ANYTHING that looks like cooperation with our President.
    It is a narrow minded way of legislating and both parties and their strident supporters should be ashamed.
    Respectfully, but sadly,

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    Our Congress is currently made up of too many reactionaries and radicals, not conservatives and liberals. If the vox populi wishes to be heard people need to start paying attention to local and state primary elections to defeat the reactionaries and radicals in the primaries. This would deprive the candidates of the strength found in name recognition in the general election. But then we would probably wind up with Democrats and Republicans blindly voting party lines and Independents determining election winners. I don’t know whether that would be a good thing or not, but it would probably be an improvement over what we have now.

  10. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    How quickly you turn on one of your own when they refuse to march in lockstep with you.

  11. Griff

    Griff said, over 3 years ago

    Will it be within one, two or three years before the GOP splits into its component parts, the Teapots, Evangelicals, and Intelligent wings?

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Most of the radicals in Congress are coming from ‘safe’ districts where one party dominates. This allows candidates who appeal to the most fervent among the party base to win primaries & general elections by default.

    You’re right about needing to pay more attention to the state & local elections. Besides the fact that state assemblies create the district maps that favor lots of ‘safe’ seats for both parties over closely divided districts, those local offices are what ‘feed’ candidates for Congress.

    Taking re-districting out of partisan hands would help boost the number of moderate, or at least pragmatic members of Congress.

  13. SpicyNacho

    SpicyNacho GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Yet you are ok with a Democratic, obstructionist Senate and an ideological president who sets the tone by saying “I won, elections have consequences”. You look the other way when it is democrats that won’t compromise.
    You can’t/won’t look objectively at what power hungry, money grubbing, crooked politicians from both sides of the aisle dragging this country down so many different ways.
    If you don’t agree with someone or they get in the way of your agenda, they are radical or extreme conservatives.
    This blame game that the media keeps dragging us down is futile and only makes more money for the media.

  14. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 3 years ago

    I remember Robert Dole in the news as a crabby fellow, stubbornly partisan in the way that John Boehner now is. I considered him and his supporters as ancestral to the present era of hostility to compromise. How much of that impression was media-generated? I didn’t know the man personally, and I suppose that ultimately makes my opinions suspect. All I know is what I read in the newspapers and watched on television.
    I’ve watched Dole on the news recently. He is portrayed as a tough, gruff guy, to be sure. But he is now lionized as official representative of the so-called “Greatest Generation.” His legislative methods are portrayed as a model of bi-partisan cooperation. His presidential run is portrayed as a noble and highly principled effort. (Personally, I think his candidacy was a throw-away – it was his last chance to run, and nobody else wanted it badly enough.)
    I wonder if we look back and see things better than they were. We are often told, long after their terms end, that this or that person was wonderful within the framework of his times. We see this even with Bush in the short span since he left office, and in each president’s case all the way to Eisenhower. Whenever some prominent politician dies, we see this ritual performed. I remember at least bits and pieces of all these administrations and careers, and in many cases they had about as many controversies as in those in present days.
    Is this valid historical revisionism , based on facts come to light or newly interpreted; or a way to gloss over failings to place those people as inspirational demi-gods in the party pantheon? What view are we to take of these people: actions of their personal lives, actions for the districts or states they represented, or through actions that affected the entire nation? I think we get them all mixed up and come to invalid conclusions. I know we hesitate to speak ill of the dead, but I think we are often too kind in hindsight. And thus history is corrupted. It’s as if we see their official paintings and years later take that image as true representation.
    How are young people to judge what is fact, factoid, or fiction? Short of reading many, many biographies, how can we normal citizens to sift through the scree of information to find the truth of these peoples’ lives — not just be content to admire the monuments of their craggy remains?

  15. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago


    “Our Congress is currently made up of too many reactionaries and radicals, not conservatives and liberals. "

    Yes. That is what we get when the parties control the nominations. We need to reform the nomination procedures, because as long as we keep electing BigParty nominees, at all levels of government, we will get no representation.

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