November 17, 2004


Dole defeats Coleman for Senate campaign post (Rob Hotakainen, November 18, 2004, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

The Minnesota Republican, who was elected to his first term in 2002, was vying to head the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). But his colleagues chose North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole for the high-visibility job.

The vote was 28-27. All 55 Republican senators who will be part of the new Congress next year voted.

Dole, a former presidential candidate and Cabinet secretary, was chosen in a secret ballot during a closed-door meeting at the Capitol. She will serve a two-year term, beginning in 2005.

As the chairwoman of the NRSC, Dole will be the lead Republican in charge of the 2006 Republican Senate races. She will be in charge of recruiting candidates and making sure they have enough money to run competitive races. The chairman of the NRSC also oversees a staff of 60 in Washington.

The job has served as a springboard to higher office. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., held the position from 2001 to 2003, when he was replaced by Sen. George Allen, R-Va. Both Frist and Allen are regarded as possible presidential candidates in 2008.

She's well-positioned to succeed Mr. Frist as Majority Leader in '07.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2004 2:36 PM

Coleman is doing an outstanding job on the Unscam hearings.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 17, 2004 2:43 PM

This is a terrible move by the GOP. The dead hand of Robert Dole, a man who should be an extra in George Romero films, is back, ready to strangle any serious reform in its crib as he tried for his malevolent 40 years of 'service.'

Posted by: Bart at November 17, 2004 2:51 PM

I was hoping Coleman would get the nod in that I think he might be more in touch with the '06 Senate races where the GOP has potential pickups, particularly in the midwest (MN, MI, ND). And I think he might be better at recruiting candidates for '06 for Dole. And I also thing Dole is overrated a bit.

That said, I don't think Bob Dole is involved in this unless he helps his wife recruit people for races.

Posted by: AWW at November 17, 2004 4:22 PM

It's just a backdoor way for Bob Dole's paymasters to get their hooks into the new Senate.

Posted by: Bart at November 17, 2004 5:09 PM


Which politicians do you like ??

In your world, it seems that they're all incompetent or somebody's stooge.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 17, 2004 5:44 PM


Backdoor? When did they ever not use the front?

Posted by: oj at November 17, 2004 5:47 PM

"Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence."

This is the Stupid Party™ after all.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 17, 2004 6:23 PM

George Allen has to be given credit for his efforts with a gain of 4. However I don't know whether he was involved in recruiting any of the winning candidates. Does he take "credit" for not having a viable candidate in Illinois?

If the job is mainly just raising money, who better than a Dole. (as a conservative, she hasn't done anything of interest yet)

Posted by: h-man at November 17, 2004 8:07 PM


Helms, Giuliani, McCain, Kyl, Schwarznegger, Pataki, Sharon, Putin, berlusconi, Koizumi.

Of course, my all-time favorite is Harry Lee of Singapore, who is an authoritarian, but one who has precisely my sensibilities.

Posted by: Bart at November 17, 2004 10:08 PM

Whatever happened to Sheila Burke?

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 17, 2004 11:20 PM