What Dole could've done to change the outcome of the Election Very good, thorough
Bob Dole made several errors when planning and executing his recent
campaign for the presidency. These errors eventually cost him the election, and
allowed Bill Clinton to win a second term, despite Dole's adherent belief that the
American people would not re-elect him. Bob Dole's errors stemmed from his
inability to take advice from his campaign managers, his unwillingness to stick
with a consistent message throughout his campaign, and his inability to begin his
war against the incumbent early in the election year.
Bob Dole is an old-fashioned man of the generation on its way out of
governmental control. He is a man from an age before the intense rigors of
running a national election, before the multitude of spin-doctors needed to
conduct a successful campaign, before the television era swept through the
country forcing a whole new plethora of requirements upon candidates seeking
Because of this Bob Dole is a man who wanted to run his election
as he believes is right, on his own terms, by his own decisions. He continually
refused to take the advise of wife, and his campaign advisors, allowing Clinton to
discover his huge lead in the polls and allowing Clinton to hold on to that lead.
Dole failed to talk about values early in his campaign, instead deciding that 'he
would talk about values, if that's what it took.' Yet by making this decision, Dole
resigned himself to speaking about values only when every other attempt had
failed, making it seem like a last-ditch effort to ressurect his failing campaign.
'This time around would have to be different from 1988. Dole would have to
delegate responsibility and not try to run his own campaign on whim.' Dole...