(CNN) - Bob Dole, a Republican Party stalwart and presidential hopeful who
espoused a brand of plain-spoken conservativism as one of Washington's most
recognizable political figures throughout the latter half of the 20th century,
I thought (foolishly) that we might be able to sneak out of 2021 without adding any more memorial inductions into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.
"Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years," according to a statement from his family. He had announced in February that he was being treated for advanced lung cancer. President Joe Biden visited Dole shortly after learning of the diagnosis.
Dole, who was seriously wounded during World War II, had suffered a series of health ailments in previous years. In 1991, he received surgery for prostate cancer, received abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery in 2001, was hospitalized in 2005 after a fall in his home and was treated for a leg infection in 2009.
Dole is survived by his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, and daughter Robin Dole.
Robert Joseph Dole (July 22, 1923 – December 5, 2021) was an American politician and attorney who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican Leader of the United States Senate during the final 11 years of his tenure, including three nonconsecutive years as Senate Majority Leader. Prior to his 27 years in the Senate, he served in the United States House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969. Dole was also the Republican presidential nominee in the 1996 election and the vice presidential nominee in the 1976 election.
Dole passed away in his sleep on December 5, 2021.
- The Dark Horse (1988)
- All the Life That's Fit to Print (1993)
The Senator was one of those who were interviewed for a book about Murphy Brown.
- Wetwired (1996)
- The Me Nobody Nose (1997)
Plus there were the TV blipverts in which he appeared as a member of the League of Themselves interspersed through the 1990s and beyond which displayed his serlinguistic skills:
Public service announcement for USA Freedom Corps (2002)
Saturday Night Live – the sketches
Not Necessarily The News
Archival footage was used for humor.
Treehouse of Horror VII
Saturday Night Live