Commentary: Dole's Reluctant Rank And File

If the ideological conservatives who increasingly control the Republican Party at the grassroots had their way, Bob Dole's mellow '96 convention would have had a starkly different look. On the podium would have been a succession of hardline heroes: televangelist Pat Robertson, abortion foe Phyllis Schlafly, and populist crusader Pat Buchanan. Their topics: abortion, school prayer, and immigration curbs--hardly the issues the GOP nominee wants to run on.

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