Voters must be reminded that Dole’s campaign should really be a referendum on the presidency of George W. Bush. Her legislative record of “accomplishment” is uninspiring. Can 1 in 10 North Carolinians name any legislation she has sponsored, much less any good legislation she has sponsored? No. Mostly, she has been an unimaginative, docile Bush loyalist. She votes with Bush nearly 100% of the time. She enthusiastically supported Bush’s rush to war, and she thinks his current escalation of the war is a good idea. She backed his plan for partial privatization of Social Security.
Unbelievably, she still supports a Star Wars missile defense shield, which will cost us 10 billion dollars this year. I wonder how many IED’s it will be able to neutralize when it is fully functional. I wonder if any of Senator Dole’s constituents from Fort Bragg or Camp Legeune, currently surging in Baghdad, wish some of that 10 billion could have been spent to up-armor their Humvees (which the New York Times reports won’t be available until summer).
I wonder if all of the people who criticized John Edwards for not spending time in NC will hold Dole to the same standard. She has been mostly absent from the state during the past two years while serving as the chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Senators Webb, Tester, Brown, Casey, McCaskill, Klobuchar, Cardin, and Whitehouse thank Senator Dole for her service; as does the entire Democratic majority in Congress. Of course, she was mostly absent for 40 years from North Carolina (before leaving her long-term apartment at the Watergate complex in Wash. DC) and “establishing residence” in her mother’s house in Salisbury shortly before her election in 2002.
Voters should not be distracted by Senator Dole’s courtly demeanor. An examination of her senate record shows that she has been a willing tool for President Bush and his failed policies.