“A Century of Service’ was the title of last night’s gala honoring former senators Bob Dole and Howard Baker, referring to the combined total of their fifty years of public service.
You can find the clue to why these two were celebrated at the gala by looking at the name of the group honoring them: The Bipartisan Policy Center.
Dole and Baker are from the era when politicos still practiced bipartisanship in Washington. To help perpetuate it, they founded the Center in 2007, along with former senators Tom Daschle and George Mitchell. “Compromise” between Republicans and Democrats was not a dirty word then, but a means of moving legislation forward.