Bob Dole says he, Nixon, Reagan wouldn’t make it in today’s GOP (video)

Former Republican Senate Majority leader, and 1996 GOP presidential candidate, Bob Dole, 89, said in an interview today on Fox that he doubts he could make it in today’s Republican party since he’s a “mainstream conservative Republican,” and the party is farther to the right than that now.

Dole adds that there’s “no doubt about it” that the filibuster is being abused today, which is interesting since it’s his party using it.


Dole also said that Nixon and Reagan wouldn’t make it either – Nixon, because “he has ideas.”

BOB DOLE: I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee [the RNC]: ‘Doors closed for repairs until New Years Day,’ and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”

CHRIS WALLACE: Could people like Bob Dole, even Ronald Reagan, could you make it in today’s republican party?

BOB DOLE: I doubt it. Reagan couldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it because he has ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it.

CHRIS WALLACE: Too moderate, too willing to compromise?

BOB DOLE: I just consider myself a Republican, not all this hyphenated stuff. I was a mainstream conservative Republican, most people are in that category.

This is similar to Colin Powell’s criticism of the Republican Party’s intolerance few months ago:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday and had some strong words for his fellow GOP members: “The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed.” Powell criticized the GOP of today for everything from their views on climate change to taxes. Most importantly? The party has a “dark vein of intolerance” running through it and “if they don’t change” along with America’s changing demographics, “they are going to be in trouble.”

Here’s the Dole video from this morning:

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60 Responses to “Bob Dole says he, Nixon, Reagan wouldn’t make it in today’s GOP (video)”

  1. pappyvet says:

    LMAO !! He dont know me too good ;]

  2. Bill_Perdue says:

    I’d be afraid of answering too if I were you.

  3. karmanot says:

    Need to read again TBA.

  4. AdmNaismith says:

    I submit that Nixon, Dole, and Reagan never did any good in the end, anyway.
    So, you know, who cares where you would or would not fit, nowadays?

  5. trueblueAmerican says:

    Sounds like you’re sure you’re going to hell…
    Classic Rightie BS; you’d rather believe the illusion that liberals are evil than face the contribution you and your fellow Righties have made to bring us down.

  6. Bill_Perdue says:

    Dole has always been part of the two party system that’s wrecked the lives of working people by the tens of millions. Now his party may split because of the stage he set. Pardon me If I find that hilarious.

  7. Bill_Perdue says:

    Asserting something doesn’t give it any credence. First you said “GOPers in Congress now are actually fascists.” Now you say “GOPers are becoming fascists”. Which is true?

    Who are the fascists? What percent of the House and Senate, state legislature and governorships do they control. What are the names of individual fascists?

    Where is their terrorist wing, their SA, their blackshirts?

    Are they fascists because they support Obama’s racist wars of aggression, his policy of paying for zionist ethnic cleansing, his attacks on the Bill of Rights, his union busting and his repeated assurances that he’s going to gut entitlements workers have already paid for or his racist immigrant bashing?

    If not what polices that are worse than Obama’s makes them fascists?

    Which parts of the Democrat party stinks of fascism or are they free of that stench? And why? Because you say so?

  8. JayRandal says:

    Sorry guy but GOPers are becoming fascists. As for DC Dems most of them becoming
    butt kissers whom kowtow to GOPers. As for Obama he acts completely confused about everything. Happens when a President surrounded by dunce advisers.

  9. lynchie says:

    He always was the right. The Dems were so ecstatic to have a person to challenge Mr. Crashmyplaneandburn McCain that no one listened. That coupled with Clinton who has achieved nothing in elected office and BillO lurking around every corner humping interns turned us all off. We saw his true colors when he appointed wall street folks to key administration spots. He was well right of center to start with

  10. lynchie says:

    But are you saying the Republicans would go after the banks and wall street? Horseshit. They had Jamie Dimon come to the committee meeting and other than licking his balls never asked anything about his responsibility. In fact if you recall, and I’m sure you have forgotten, they asked for his help and advice going forward.

  11. lynchie says:

    He is too old to realize he shit himself

  12. dula says:

    The Greatest Generation did great in WWII but then helped the baby boomers usher in Reaganomics later in life. They saved us only to put us on a path of destruction.

  13. Bill_Perdue says:

    Republicans are not fascists. Neither are Democrats. Moreover, this is not a fascist state and unlikely to become one anytime soon. If you think it is why aren’t you underground?

    We’ll know it when we see and it won’t be liberal voters who’ll prevent it. It’ll be workers militias.

    Democrats and Republicans are equally capable of producing a mass base for future fascist party and as the depression and radicalization proceed people are going to break hard left and hard right. The Democrats who’ll move of the hard right as those that support Obama because he’s for FISA, NDAA, says he has the ‘right’ to murder American citizens on US soil and always voted for extending the Paytriot Act.

  14. Bill_Perdue says:

    For Democrats and Republicans it’s a

  15. pappyvet says:

    Very modern day republican, Just not very American

  16. BeccaM says:

    And thanks for the downvotes, nameless troll who doesn’t even bother to stick around to explain your objections to various comments all over AmericaBlog. Your anonymous poo-flinging is noted.

  17. karmanot says:


  18. karmanot says:


  19. RatPatrol1 says:

    Yea! More news for the low-information voter!

  20. Naja pallida says:

    The only difference in the level of corruption between the parties is that, every once in a while, a Democrat has a twinge of guilt about it. But they never let it stand in their way.

  21. cole3244 says:

    dole & the other two fascists started this movement and would be in the thick of things if still in politics.

  22. Houndentenor says:

    Those are all good points. I was comparing Dole’s leadership to Trent Lott’s. You have to admit that the Senate became a far nastier and confrontational place once Lott was Majority Leader.

  23. BeccaM says:

    Sorry, but my recollection of the Dole-Gingrich era, which marked Dole’s eventual departure from politics after losing the ’96 election, wasn’t one where I felt the Senate was functioning well and everything supposedly went to hell after he left.

    As far as I’m concerned, the hell was already underway and eagerly embraced by Dole to further his ambition.

    While considerably more pragmatic than his successors in the Senate, Dole nevertheless lurched hard to the right to win the GOP presidential nomination. He chose Jack Kemp, the ultimate supply-sider, as his running mate. He endorsed the fetal personhood Constitutional amendment. And after the deficit had been cut in half during the Clinton presidency, Dole proposed an across-the-board 15% cut in tax rates. Although I put much of the blame for the repeal of Welfare on Clinton’s desk, it was nevertheless the GOP congressional majorities that pushed for and passed those bills — with Dole as Senate Majority Leader.

    If these things are ‘accomplishments’, this country could well have done without them.

  24. karmanot says:

    Ted can see communist from the end of his Coors lite.

  25. karmanot says:

    That old vampire Bishop Fulton Sheen was no slouch either.

  26. pogden297 says:

    Not sure why you think anything Bob Dole says is important.

  27. ezpz says:

    “Start asking President Obama WHY he keeps moving to the right to placate Tea Baggers?…”

    He is not *moving* to the right. That’s his position. It’s always been his position, rhetoric notwithstanding.

    He gave us indications of that (which I initially ignored) when he repeatedly invoked Reagan’s name and how much he admired the man. He even told us that one of his summer reading books was about Reagan.

  28. ezpz says:


  29. ezpz says:

    Thank you.

  30. UncleBucky says:

    Clearly, democracy is the enemy of harsh capitalism. They don’t want the “rubes”, “trash” and “[youknowwho]” to be able to vote. ‘Cause if the daylight shone on big business and everybody who COULD vote DID vote, then these guys would be swept into the sewer where they belong.

  31. UncleBucky says:

    Republicans (Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Bush the Lesser, and all their minions), thy name is “traitor.

  32. UncleBucky says:

    I don’t think most of us would be speaking German, had the Germans time to get their technology to a fast pace. Nope, there’d be serious ethnic cleansing, for sure, on both coasts, but there would be a force to be reckoned with in the interior.

    Well, I am glad the Father Coughlins and nascent McCarthyites didn’t win their war against FDR, whew!

  33. UncleBucky says:

    Most people are conservative Republicans? Uhhh. BOB. BOB-DOLE! Well, we’ll excuse him because he’s probably too ill to know what that means and to have looked at the current stats.

  34. karmanot says:

    I think the power and money do understand perfectly. The politicians are just scrambling to redo the mythology. Obama was the perfect selection—a new age fascist with populist oration.

  35. nicho says:

    Bravo. Politically, Dole was a coward — and a hypocrite.

  36. karmanot says:

    Hitler is always a go to for fascists, but check out the source—-Italy’s Giovanni Gentile,

  37. nicho says:

    Our country is in a mess now because that’s the way the people who run the country want it to be — and Bob Dole paved the way for them.

  38. karmanot says:

    Yep, that’s like ex-Supreme Court Sandra Day whining if only she knew then what she knows now BS.

  39. Houndentenor says:

    Don’t plan the funeral just yet. I heard a lot of talk about the GOP becoming the permanent minority party after the 2008 election. Then in 2010 they took back both houses of Congress. We have to make our case in every election.

  40. karmanot says:

    “Not as bad, as mean-spirited or as corrupt” I couldn’t disagree more. Obama’s destruction of the social contract, botched health care, busting of unions, fumbled financial handling, violation of Constitutional rights, secret assassinations and so on is in complete synch with the GOP.

  41. RonThompson says:

    It’s time to face the fact that democracy is incompatible with this stage of super-concentrated big business capitalism. The Republicans have made their choice; the corporate Democrats don’t seem to understand that the problem exists. That’s why it’s so maddening to hear the talk about putting another corporate Democrat in the White House in 2016.

  42. karmanot says:

    “if they don’t change” along with America’s changing demographics, “they are going to be in trouble.”—–the sooner the better.

  43. Houndentenor says:

    I agree with you about the GOP, but Democrats are a big mess as well. Not as bad, as mean-spirited or as corrupt, but not without many many faults. We deserve better government than we have, but we aren’t going to get it until we demand it from both parties, not just one.

  44. Houndentenor says:

    I disagree with Bob Dole on a great many things, but I have to admire the man and what he accomplished. He came from very modest beginnings and became Marjority Leader of the Senate. He also got things done. When there was work for Congress to do he made sure it got done, even if that meant compromises had to be made. That is typical of the WW2 generation. Getting things done was more important than posturing or scoring points. Yes, there were politics and sometimes they were nasty, but that came second to getting their job done. I didn’t realize how good a job he had done as a Senate leader until he resigned and everything went to hell and it’s been in hell ever since. The baby boom generation would rather be “right” than do anything. So nothing gets done and they seem proud and smug about the fact that they have obstructed government. I’m glad that generation fought the Nazis and not mine because if my generation had to be counted on to make the sacrifices necessary to win WW2 we’d all be speaking German now. Our country is a mess because spoiled selfish people run everything rather than people who are willing to swallow their pride and do what needs to be done.

  45. BeccaM says:

    Sorry, Bob, but what you’re seeing in your party now is the result of a generation of increasing decay, moral subjectivism, intolerance, xenophobia, and repeated applications of wedge-issue politics.

    Nixon may have had some notions and proposals that would’ve been considered utter communism today — remember price controls? The EPA? But he was also a crook, and the lesson the GOP took from his presidency is the worst an elected official could ever expect in the face of discovered felonies would be pressure to resign. And the corollary to that was, “In the face of criminal scandals, simply DON’T resign.”

    So that’s what Reagan did. Uncle Ronnie committed treason with the Iranians before the 1980 elections and committed felonies in ordering illegal arms sales to those same Iranians, and redirected the money from those sales — in direct violation of Congressional law — to a bunch of murderous thugs in Nicaragua. Ronnie’s other contribution to the fall of the GOP was his embrace of scapegoating and wedge issue politics. And of course, we have Reagan’s social policies which included demonization of gays — especially gay males — during the HIV epidemic, the beginnings of the repeal of women’s reproductive rights, the defeat of the ERA, and more. Atwater’s ‘southern strategy.’ The Cadillac-driving welfare queens said to be popping out babies for increased welfare benefits. Thanks to Ronnie’s cadre, this laid the fertile ground for the next Democratic president to go ahead and repeal welfare — a program which, despite its flaws, was our last gasp of idealism, an attempt to ensure that no American citizen lived in poverty.

    But wait, let’s back up a few years to Uncle Ronnie’s successor. George H.W. Bush the Elder. He took the lessons of his GOP predecessors and added “how to lie the U.S. into a Middle East war” to the mix. Anybody remember the stolen Kuwaiti incubators and babies left to die in the floors of hospitals after the Iraqi invasion? Guess what? It never happened. How many have any idea what prompted the invasion in the first place? It was actually Kuwaiti slant-drilling operations, going under the border and tapping into southern Iraq’s oil fields. A whole bunch of times, Kuwait was ordered to stop it, but they refused. Then they asked American ambassadors if we’d mind if they took care of it themselves. Our answer? We won’t interfere. Except that we did because Kuwaiti money and oil production was put on the table as incentives. All we had to do was allow America to be lied into a war.

    This was Bob Dole’s heyday, the apex of his power as a U.S. Senator. And he continued to stand by when his party, for the first time in decades, took control of the House of Representatives. It was Dole and Gingrich who proposed deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare, and Dole himself during his presidential campaign called for a deficit-exploding 15% across the board cut in tax rates. With Dole it was going to be ‘supply-side’ trickle down economics all over again. His presidential campaign saw the resurrection of the proposed abortion ban constitutional amendment, previously dead since early in the Reagan presidency.

    True, Bob Dole would be considered too leftist, too willing to compromise (aka “actually govern and do the job for which he was elected”) to be considered a viable GOP candidate these days. He wouldn’t be considered extremist enough and ideologically impure. However, the Republican party is where it is today because this is exactly where its leaders since Nixon have been driving it: Rigid, dogmatic, extremist, eliminationist, irresponsible, fiscally irrational, corrupt and criminal.

  46. Jim says:

    This isn’t just a Republican mess: Eric Holder hasn’t prosecuted one banker. The plutocrats are getting everything they want from both parties. So, maybe the republicans are a bit of a mess, but their plutocratic constituency is prospering. It isn’t about democrats and republicans: it’s about financially “conservative”, be they rep or dem, vs progressives.

  47. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power. – Benito Mussolini

  48. Hue-Man says:

    “There’s an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan…”

  49. BeccaM says:

    I imagine Ted is sure that Bob Dole is one of those Communist types.

  50. Emerson says:

    I think they fixed it, now it says “couldn’t”; what they haven’t fixed is “he has ideas” when Dole clearly said “he had ideas.” Some quick transcription lapses I imagine.

  51. DonewithDems says:

    Who made this bed? Unfortunately we all get to sleep in it. I keep hoping the rest of the country will realize what a disgusting mess the GOP is and move away from our two party system.

  52. DonewithDems says:


  53. nicho says:

    Oh, please Bobdole – spare us this hypocrisy. It was Reagan who started catering to the nutbags, Regan doubled down on it, and you went along with all of it. What we’re seeing today is the result of all your efforts. Stop pretending you didn’t have a hand in it. The GOP today is what you made it.

  54. AttilatheBlond says:

    The kowtowing is to the corporations, and THAT is proof that the whole system has become fascist.

  55. AttilatheBlond says:

    Every time I see Cruz on the TV, I expect him to announce a new version of the Pledge of Allegiance, new, now with more God and cursing pinkos.

  56. JayRandal says:

    GOPers in Congress now are actually fascists. Their ideas border on Hitlerian crap. Instead of Obama
    and DC Dems standing up to GOPers they kowtow to them. If this country moves any further toward the hard right, my belief our nation cannot survive it.

  57. citizen_spot says:

    The block quote in the text has Dole saying Nixon “could” have made it, but in the video he clearly says that he “couldn’t” have made it because he had ideas. I only point this out because when I read the text that statement didn’t make sense, so I watched the video to verify.

  58. JayRandal says:

    Start asking President Obama WHY he keeps moving to the right to placate Tea Baggers? Either he is a political dunce or wishes he could be a bagger too? He should be cracking down on them because
    most GOPers are out of mainstream now. Time to kick the CRAP out of GOPers in Congress.

  59. Jonas Grumby says:

    TeaBags. Thank you SO SO much for killing Conservatism. We couldn’t have done it without you.

  60. Ninong says:

    Great! Now let’s see some reporter ask Ted Cruz to comment on that. LOL

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