Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dole Fulminates, Keeps the Money

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dole Fulminates, Keeps the Money

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The day after we helped our son celebrate his sixth birthday, his mother and I chose to reward ourselves for surviving it by slipping off to see a movie, "Die Hard With a Vengeance."

"What movie are you going to see?" said young Grady Jonathan Page.

"Die Hard Three," I said.

"I wanna see that!" he screamed tearfully.

"Someday when you're older," I said, "like maybe about the time there's a `Die Hard 14."'

"I saw the commercials," he insisted, his excitement mounting. "Lots of people get killed!"

He particularly liked that part. I later realized, after watching the television commercials for the movie that the commercials had been edited in such a way that more people appeared to die in it than actually die in the movie.

It was then that I realized maybe Sen. Bob Dole had not gone far enough in his recent tirade against sexy music and movies. We don't need to ban movies. Maybe we should just ban the movie commercials.

Appropriately, this all happened the same day Dole appeared on "Meet the Press," where he was questioned about $21,000 his campaign has received since 1987 from Time Warner Inc., a company whose support of rap music Dole singled out as a prime contributor to the "debasing of America."

When moderator Tim Russert asked whether he would return the money, Dole displayed a masterful grasp of modern political ethics.

"No, I think it demonstrates that they didn't buy anything with Bob Dole," he said. "It sort of dispels this fear that every time somebody makes a donation that you're in their pocket. I'm not in their pocket or anybody else's pocket. We may name some other names before it's over that might surprise people."

"An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought," said Simon Cameron, Abraham Lincoln's secretary of war. I wonder what Cameron would have called a politician who refused to stay bought but kept the money anyway.

The revelation that Dole was on Time Warner's political gift list adds a sobering reminder of how little real difference we can expect Dole's latest tirade to make. While he warns parents away from violence and sex in movies, for example, he favors lifting the federal ban on assault weapons. …

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