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The Empty Wig: 'I worked my head off' to hold the Senate

What an unfortunate quote. Sugar Lips Dole, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, presided over the loss of control of the body to the Dems, so I’m not sure why she is patting herself on the back for the pathetic job she did shilling for candidates (see Katherine Harris, Conrad Burns) and raising money.

All I know is, I want to see her on the unemployment line (she’s up for re-election in 2008).

As the chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, it was Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s job to keep the Senate in GOP hands. She couldn’t.

…Dole said she’s satisfied with her performance.

“I can sleep well at night knowing we did everything possible to hold the Senate,” she said in a telephone interview Thursday. “All I know is I worked my head off, and that’s all you can do.”

She raises the question that is on a lot of minds — why Bush dumped Rummy after the election. She lays the blame for the loss of the Senate on Dear Leader, who she sucked up for time and again in endless NRSC press releases.

Throughout the campaign, Dole was steadfast in her support of Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. On Sunday, she said on a network talk show that Rumsfeld didn’t need to leave.

Bush ousted Rumsfeld on Wednesday.

Dole said she didn’t know that a Pentagon switch was in the works, but she said that if Rumsfeld had departed earlier, it might have made a difference for Republican candidates.

“It could have,” she said. “It very well could have.”

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