blogenlust
8.29.2004

Bob Dole


Bob Dole, who I used to respect, has recently been on the airwaves attacking John Kerry, using the Swift With The Truth Vets as a cover. How a decorated war hero, like Dole, could stoop to this level all in the name of George W. Bush is so beyond me, that I have stopped trying to understand it. However, Slate shows that there is more to Dole than meets the eye. Make sure you watch the video, too. Who knows, maybe the Viagra has had an adverse effect on Dole, causing all the blood to rush from his head to his other head. I don't know, but one thing is for sure, he's a real dickhead. update: I actually met Bob Dole once. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, during my freshman year of college, I was in College Republicans. I don't really have an excuse, other than complete ignorance. I think I probably picked up Republicanism from my father and grandfather, without really thinking about what it meant. Anyway, I was young and stupid. The point of the story is that I went to go see Dole speak in Des Moines, Iowa my freshman year of college. Afterwards, me and the guy I went with (more on him later) tried to get our picture taken with Dole. We were successful in taking the picture, but in what I now consider a sign from God, the film was ruined and we never got the picture. I didn't really care, but this other guy, who considered John Ashcroft to be the bees knees, was completely devastated. Now that I've written about that which I've tried to forget, I should tell the whole story. I was actually the Treasurer of College Republicans after my freshman year of college. It was the term before the 2000 Iowa Caucus, so all the Republicans running for President were hitting up Iowa. It was a good time to be a political junkie in college. I wasn't particularly thrilled with any of the candidates at the time, but was leaning towards McCain. I couldn't stand Bush, and thought he was a prick, even then. Unfortunately, the CR's were really into him and it was because of that I began to really question my politics for the first time. The final straw was attending a Polk County Republican meeting with the President of the CRs at my school, who just happened to be the Ashcroft freak from the Dole event. This guy was a big social conservative, came from Missouri and was also really quiet. He was to speak at this Polk County event, in an attempt to raise money for our organization. When it was his time to speak, he got up in front of about 100 Republicans and proceeded to give the most hate-filled, bigoted, racist, and obscene speech about the "liberal freaks" at our school. When he was finished, everyone stood up and applauded. I was completely embarrased and shocked that this quiet guy had all this in him. Anyway, it was an epiphany for me. I resigned from the organization the next day and told him I couldn't believe I was ever involved. Haven't looked back since.