Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Michael M. Bates
It was a singular scene last week: A genuinely unscripted moment on television. I have to ask you a philosophical question, Hardball host Chris Matthews told Bob Dole. Do you believe in an afterlife?
The World War II hero, longtime senator and 1996 presidential candidate hesitated. A combined look of surprise and dismay crossed his face. You could see the wheels turning.
"I'm not certain," was his answer. Matthews pressed on: "So, it could just be that those soldiers who get killed, that is just the end for them?"
"I think - well, that would be my view," was his reply. The answer didn't imply any uncertainty.
In an age when the media provides suffocatingly exhaustive information about presidential candidates, their families, their pets, their favorite pizza toppings, their struggles through grade school, etc., it's ironic that Mr. Dole's unorthodox outlook on an afterlife didn't receive much attention a decade ago...............
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