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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.


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

9 comments to How much does Bob Dole detest Newt Gingrich?

  • Observer

    I vote Republican because I am a fairly hard-line conservative.

    I detest and despise Newt Gingrich. He called Paul Ryan’s budget proposal – the only real budget proposal from either the Left or the Right that has been put into print – “right wing social engineering.”

    He didn’t follow the necessary steps to qualify for the Virginia ballot, so he sued seeking a court order to put him on the ballot. Can we say “judicial activism” ?

    Then he attacks Mitt Romney because Romney was wildly successful as a venture capitalist.

    Newt’s been sounding like Obama while campaigning to represent the Republican Party. I really, seriously wish he would just go away.

    While I am at it, I also wish Nancy Pelosi would reveal whatever she knows from her service on the Ethics Committee, violate some federal law while doing so, get prosecuted and convicted, and then get packed off to the FCI where Martha Stewart served her time.

  • Lee

    As a historian, I have to suspect that Newt’s bucket was a type of homage to Cliff Finch’s lunchbox.

    Newt’ll lose Florida, I bet, but he’ll still do well in the rest of the south. Can you imagine Romney winning Mississippi? Maybe Mitt needs a lunchbox.

  • Bob Dole was such a dreadful candidate and person that I can’t believe he would ever criticize anyone.

    Mitt Romney is a lot like Bob Dole. They want the nomination because it’s their “turn.”

  • Ignatius

    The bucket symbolized waste in the context of Congress’s system of doling out ice. Here’s the link:


  • NMC

    Some people don’t read the footnotes.

  • P.B. Pike

    What was dreadful about Dole as a person, CRS? I’m surprised to hear you say that in light of his lifetime of painful disability after he was injured in WWII. I voted for Clinton in ’96, but I’ve always had a slight pang of regret over it because Dole was so much more dignified and would not have sullied the office the way Clinton did.

    I can forgive Romney for expecting the nomination because it’s his turn: the GOP has rewarded that expectation every time since 1980, except for 2000 — and then it was the namesake of the guy they thought had been illegitimately thrown out by Clinton eight years earlier.

  • Ignatius

    In my best Rick Perry: oops

  • Your Lies Have Lies

    Newton is an idea man all right. Space colonies on the moon and Mars could open up all kinds of possibilities. He has given this a lot of thought. He wrote in 1995, “Honeymoons in space will be the vogue by 2020.” Maybe he should join the Church of Scientology as he is sounding more like L. Ron Hubbard. Clearly this man is ready to be President. I hope you all donate generously to his campaign. Throw in a few dollars for Ron Paul too. Nothing sells to Republicans like crazy does.

  • JoeInnaKeys

    Joe Scaroborough served with Newt, & has an interesting perspective–


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