Tag: Bob Woodward

Celebrating a Remarkable Life – Robert J. Dole

 

It came as a shock. It shouldn’t have, the news that former US Senator and 1996 GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole, 98, passed away on Sunday. It falls on the same day three years ago that he famously but painfully stood in the Capitol Rotunda and saluted the casket of his former political competitor and close friend, George H. W. Bush.

Brilliant and touching prose from prominent people who knew him well or shared parts of his incredible journey and life story are rolling in. Of course, it will be positive, even glowing, and deservedly so. I can imagine Senator Dole, with his famous humor and dry wit, asking “Where were you in 1996?” That’s when he unsuccessfully sought the presidency as the GOP’s nominee, losing to incumbent Bill Clinton. Tributes are already pouring in from his friends, former colleagues, ex-staff, and the beneficiaries of his legendary military, legislative, and public service record. Mine is but a small addition, but we all have our stories and desire to honor his towering legacy. Together, they present a glowing mosaic of courage, determination, compassion, humility, and service.

And yes, humor. He could have easily succeeded as a stand-up comic. As one of a few senior GOP staff would attend occasions closed-door meetings of the Senate Republican Conference, he would often lighten the mood with endless quips, delivered within his famous deadpan style and impeccable timing. Celebrating US Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) on his 93rd birthday, he quipped, “I watch what Strom eats. If he eats a banana, I eat a banana.” Thurmond would live to be 100, six months after retiring from the US Senate in early 2003. He was succeeded by Lindsey Graham.

Bob Woodward’s book, Rage, comes out next week. With the release of some snippets come the revelation of Trump admitting to Woodward he played down the coronavirus to stave off a panic. Does that excuse fly? And what of the criticisms of Woodward that if he knew about all of this, why not release it sooner instead of waiting for the book to come out?

Grant, Jay, Park, and Seth discuss all of that in addition to the continued Phase 2 “reopening” of Washington D.C., the return of the NFL, and the weekly picks from the latest issue of the Washington Examiner magazine!

Trump-Haters Concede the Presidency’s Success

 

The Trump-hating media is pushing the anonymous Op-Ed and the Woodward book. Which is curious, because in their zeal to attack Trump they’re conceding two key points.

  • If you can take your eyes off the bloviating reality TV figure, you might notice that his administration is run by fine people and is remarkably successful.
  • The moral, courageous, and patriotic thing to do during the Trump presidency is to work with the president to try to achieve the best (or least worst) results. Mocking or threatening to blacklist the people who work with or for the president is wrong. This is true even — especially — if you think Trump is Hitler or mentally unstable. This “let’s make sure the White House is only staffed by Bannon, Omarosa and Manafort” strategy is insane on every level.

President Trump should stop screaming treason and start celebrating that his haters are acknowledging these key points.

Member Post

 

We’re going to be hearing a great deal (including, I hope, here on Ricochet) about Bob Woodward’s new book Fear, to be published on Sept. 11th and currently the No. 1 bestselling book on Amazon. If even half the stories it contains regarding the insanity and dysfunction of Trump’s White House are true, the US […]

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