Bob Dole: Losing Wasn't So Bad
Former senator and presidential wannabe says it opened a whole new world
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole smiles during a WWII Plaque Dedication ceremony in his honor, April 12, 2011, at the WWII Memorial in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Bob Dole knows what it's like to come out on the losing end of a presidential election, twice over. Not only did the former Senate majority leader lose to Bill Clinton, he was Gerald Ford's running mate 20 years earlier in the loss to Jimmy Carter. In DC, "losing an election is viewed as a sort of death," he writes in the Washington Post. But he's got some good news for those who join the club: Losing also is a good reminder "of just how much life there is after presidential politics."

The WWII vet ticks off the opportunities he's had since 1996, most notably the freedom to devote time to helping veterans. He also recalls a post-election appearance on Letterman that revealed his sense of humor, which led to slew of endorsements for the likes of Visa, Dunkin' Donuts, and, yes, Viagra. "Any second thoughts I may have entertained about the latter were put to rest by a couple of wives who approached me in airports to say, simply, 'Thank you, Senator.'” Read his full column here, which includes a Nixon version of the it's-the-economy-stupid mantra.