Former Kansas Senator, Republican Presidential Nominee and World War II veteran Bob Dole gave a rare interview to Fox News last weekend. Senator Dole, in ailing health, made news by declaring that he and Ronald Reagan "couldn't have made it" in today's Republican party. “I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says ‘closed for repairs’ until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas,” Dole said when asked about the state of today’s Republicans. Here's the video:
I was struck by the simplicity of Senator Dole's remarks. The idea that people or institutions could "close for repairs" would be a wonderful opportunity, wouldn't it?
There are no "do-overs" like kids in a school yard baseball game. Politicians can't simply say "cut," duck out and reinvent themselves. The laundry isn't just dirty at times - it's also public.
Bob Dole got me thinking of other times politicians might have benefited from "closing for repairs." Wouldn't it be great if we could take a mulligan in our day-to-day lives?
For example, do you think Gerald Ford regrets his declaration that "soviet domination does not exist" back in 1976?
Do you think Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean would take back his battle cry after winning the Iowa Caucus?
How about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain? Do you think he wanted a do-over when asked about Libya?
Of course if we had the ability to know when a size 11 was headed for our mouth we wouldn't need to close for repairs, would we? What amazes me is the public catharsis on Facebook of all things dysfunctional, from addiction and job loss to troubled kids and political rants. In the age of youtube and smart phones, our public gaffes live forever.
If you could post a "closed for repairs" sign what would you do-over? I would enjoy hearing from you in the comments section.
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