“I thank the Lord I’ve kept my wits, funny wits but still my wits.”
— Bob Dole, 2020
NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n 1996, then–Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole adopted a slogan for about one week that succinctly summed up one of America’s great statesmen: “A Better Man for a Better America.”
He was the first and the best of the compassionate conservatives. Before pundits and pollsters drove the phrase into oblivion, a compassionate conservative was a statesman who never let his zeal or passion for the proliferation of freedom and liberty undermine a foundation of kindness, humility, and empathy.
Dole could negotiate and compromise with the best …