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How much does Bob Dole detest Newt Gingrich?

Well, he didn’t like him when he was in Congress.

When Gingrich was speaker of the House, Bob Dole was the Senate majority leader. And so Dole spent a lot of time listening to the speaker’s proposals. “Gingrich’s staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and this little tiny one,” he told The New York Times. “Number one is ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number two, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number three, number four, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ The little one is ‘Newt’s Good Ideas.’”

…and, as of yesterday, he still feels about the same way.  He released a statement explaining why he thought Gingrich would be a disaster for the Republican party, which included this gem:
Newt would show up at the campaign headquarters with an empty bucket in his hand — that was a symbol of some sort for him — and I never did know what he was doing or why he was doing it, and I’m not certain he knew either.
That Ezra Klein post in the first link has some of the ideas:

In 1996, he wrote legislation prescribing the death penalty for anyone who brings more than two ounces of marijuana into the country. In 1984, he suggested that “a mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would be no need for nighttime lighting of the highways.” In 2009, he proposed blasting North Korea’s nuclear arsenal with a laser.*

Somewhere on the web, someone pointed out that the presidency is more about being able to choose between good ideas and less good ones, rather than about dreaming up a constant flow of them.  Elsewhere, there’s the Newt or Super Villain quiz.

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*The actual story about the bucket is at the link.

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