Commentary: Character Is The Only Shot Dole Has Left

Dying campaigns go through their own political Kubler-Ross cycle: denial, then rage, then the serenity of acceptance. The tipoff to the final stage: Reporters start writing about how "liberated" the candidate appears in the closing days of battle when artifice drops away and the all-but-certain loser returns to his home ground. GOP standard-bearer Bob Dole seems intent on breaking the cycle: He might stay angry all the way to Nov. 5.

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