Elizabeth Dole

Gop Balancing Act -- Don't Fall!
August 01, 2008

  North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, who is up for re-election, confirmed this week that she won't be attending the Republican convention in Minnesota. Why, you ask, isn't this one-time presidential hopeful and speaker at the last convention making an appearance? According to campaign spokespeople, it's because the Senate has a break - and Dole likes to spend her breaks among her constituents in the Tar Heel state. Um, ok. Likely story. News that Dole will be a no-show came amid what has already been an awkward few weeks of media coverage for the senator.

Barbourism
September 24, 2007

If, several decades from now, anthropologists set out to locate the spiritual hub of early twenty-first-century Washington, they could do worse than the Caucus Room, that bunker of a steakhouse across from the FBI building downtown. Founded seven years ago by a bipartisan klatch of moneymen and influence-peddlers--among them, famed lobbyist Tommy Boggs, Bush-family henchman C. Boyden Gray, and Clinton fund-raiser Terry McAuliffe--the restaurant caters to the bland appetites and bulging egos of Washington's expense-account elite.

Doledrums
February 19, 2007

Elizabeth Dole looks small and tidy tucked into a corner of the CupaCupa coffee shop, situated on the ground floor of the Watergatecomplex where she lives with husband Bob Dole. (Yes, even she callshim by both names.) The North Carolina senator is, as always,perfectly coiffed and perfectly outfitted in a smart black pantsuitwith a white collarless blouse and just the right amount of gold jewelry sprinkled about. Before I even settle into my seat, Dole asks if I'd like anything to drink and offers up a bottle of springwater already on the table.

Katherine Harris won't go away.
March 06, 2006

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Personality Test
September 09, 2002

Erskine Bowles likes to say that he is not a politician--which might seem strange considering that he's running to replace Jesse Helms as a U.S. senator from North Carolina. But watching Bowles campaign at a nursing home outside of Greensboro one recent summer morning, it was easy to understand his oft-repeated disclaimer. Several dozen seniors were gathered in the facility's dreary dining room, more than a couple of them nodding off despite the breakfast cleanup loudly taking place in the adjoining kitchen.

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