Another Republican ‘Charley Brown’

Eunuchby Jon N. Hall    12/20/15
On Monday Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kansas, a curious thing happened: the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics awarded its 2015 Dole Leadership Prize to none other than … former President Bill Clinton. At the Institute’s website, we read: “The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others.”

On Nov. 24 in its wood pulp version, the Kansas City Star ran “Clinton praises bipartisanship” by Bryan Lowry, which was posted online the night before as “Bill Clinton praises Bob Dole, bipartisanship in speech at KU.” The link has a short video that might be of interest, and this might amuse:

Stephonn Alcorn, a junior studying finance who is involved in KU’s student government, said “for what we’re dealing with on campus and in the student Senate, his conversation couldn’t have been any more timely.”

Three of KU’s student leaders are facing impeachment related to complaints that they haven’t done enough to address racism on campus. Alcorn said Clinton’s message of cooperation over conflict is one the KU community needed to hear.

Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House in 1998 but was acquitted by the U.S. Senate. Every member of the Kansas delegation supported impeachment or conviction at the time, including then-Sen. Sam Brownback.

Both the print and online versions of Lowry’s article contain two bullets at the beginning. The first bullet in both versions is about the same: “Former president accepts Dole Leadership Prize at KU.” Curiously, the second bullet was changed. In the print version on Tuesday the second bullet read: “Commonalities outweigh our differences, he says.” But the night before in the online version the second bullet had been: “No mention of wife’s candidacy during speech.”

The change of the second bullet gets at why this award is inappropriate at this particular time: Bill’s wife is running for president. Mrs. Clinton recently said that the enemy she is most proud of is “probably Republicans” — so much for bipartisanship.

No sentient being would disagree that Bill Clinton was a far better president than the current occupant of the White House. But if Hillary were to win the presidency, she’d be dragging back into the White House the only president to have been impeached in 150 years; a president who perjured himself, lost his law license, lied to the American people, was “inappropriate” with various women, etc., etc. So the awarding of this prize to this recipient at this time seems very misguided.

The Star’s Thursday entertainment and events magazine, Preview, is where I first got wind of Clinton’s award. It prompted me to send a terse email on Nov. 21 to the Dole Institute to ask about the 92-year-old former senator: “Concerning this award the Institute is giving to Bill Clinton on Monday, did Senator Dole have any input on it?” I received a terse reply on Nov. 23 from William B. Lacy, Director of the institute: “Yes, he certainly did.”

So I took a look at the list of past recipients of the Dole Prize to see if maybe Newt Gingrich, who had worked with Clinton, had also been honored. Newt was skipped over but I did see several Democrat honorees.

It’s curious that just when Republicans have both houses of Congress, and more governorships and state legislatures than they’ve had in decades, that Democrats would be praising bipartisanship. The next thing we’ll be hearing is that bipartisanship, like dissent, is the “highest form of patriotism.”

Jon N. Hall is a programmer/analyst from Kansas City. • (885 views)

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8 Responses to Another Republican ‘Charley Brown’

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I hope Jon won’t object too strenuously to the use of the most famous eunuch I could think of as the thumbnail image. That’s Lord Varys from “Game of Thrones.”

    I think that’s the best way to explain what “bipartisanship” means. It means the Republicans snipping off their principles and giving in to the Democrats while the Democrats praise their eunuchs for their “bipartisanship.” This has become the theatre of the absurd.

    • David Ray says:

      Hilarios and also sad observation. I’ve grown so sick of republican idiots uttering that gender-neutral phrase “willing to reach across the aisle”.

      There’s only ONE way to reach across the aisle; you grab their head and slam it into the table. THEN you compramise . . . on halting all immigration, but maybe letting in families like the Romeikes. Then you compramise on how to lower taxes, never raise them.
      (I would demand a 13% flat tax, but since i’m a softy, i’ll cave in & allow for as high as 17%.)

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Here on the Left Coast, at least near these parts, we give homage to the movie, “Full Metal Jacket,” and call it a “reach-around” rather than a “reach across” concerning the political aisle.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    One should remember that Newt Gingrich once referred to Bob Dole as “the tax collector of the welfare state”. Dole was willing to cut spending, but he insisted on tax increases to make up for all the spending, and had no mental concept of incentives. And like many old Republicans, he can’t bring himself to see that the Democrats he fondly remembers have been replaced by the advocates of IngSoc (and the few remaining, such as Slick Willie himself, are unwilling to stand up to Big Brother).

  3. Rosalys says:

    Does one need any more evidence to prove that the Republican party is the party of unprincipled stupidity?

    As for Bob Dole… I remember well, the Republican Revolution of 1994, which was a surprise to EVERYONE in the “elite” classes. I also remember well, Mr. “Nice Guy” (and I prefer the original meaning of “nice” here – that is, stupid! So let’s call him Mr. Amiable Dunce) said to a reporter, when asked for his reaction to the election results, “Now we can really compromise!”

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Although I’ve always (so far) ended up voting Republican in presidential races, the two most difficult decisions to do so came in 1992 and 1996. In both years I didn’t make the final decision until I got to the voting booth — even though in 1996 Dole had Jack Kemp (whom I had favored in 1988) as his running mate.

  4. David Ray says:

    There was another short-comming of Clinton that needed mentioning; his jetting off to some retreat involving under age girls. Anyone surprised??

    Needless to say the local prosecutor is grossly uninterested.

    Liberals have as their hero/icon an ex-president who needs a chaperon if he ever wonders into a petting zoo. (They must be so proud.)

    • Timothy Lane says:

      And meanwhile they prate of a Republican “war on women”. You’ll recall that Slick Hilly said that female accusers should always be believed — and not until she encountered a skeptic at a town hall meeting did she face the obvious question. “Do as I say, not as I do.” And not just regarding sexual abuses.

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