Friday, January 28, 2022

Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Bob Dole, Georgia Race on Rising COVID Cases

Amy Walter:

And I think that there was something really important in that era, because they could, as Tam said, fight on the floor, argue about problems, even chat rather sarcastically with each other, but they basically understood that they were on high. the same command. I may have a blue jersey. You may have a red jersey.

And probably one of the highlights of Bob Dole’s life, especially in his later life, I remember when Dan Inoue, a Senator from Hawaii, a very liberal Hawaiian Democrat who also served during World War II, was also badly wounded. – they shared a really special bond.

And Bob Dole was in his wheelchair. It was difficult for him to get into the service at the Rotunda, where Dan Inoue rested, and he did everything he could to get up and greet him.

This may change if we return to the idea that we are all serving as Americans together and not one party or the other.

One interesting statistic, although the number of veterans in Congress has dropped dramatically – now at just 17 percent – the number of people under 45 who have served in the military who have served in Congress is about a third.

So if, in theory, we can get these people, those young people who served in the military, to take leadership positions, that might be one of the ways to sort of break some of the dysfunctions in Congress.

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