I've heard all sorts of rumors about Sen Elizabeth Dole not running again in 2008. Some have said it is because she knows she would lose, some say it is that she would like to retire (hopefully she won't join hubby Bob in the Viagra commercials) and Dole herself basically denied the rumors the last the I saw her on TV. She said that she was 'raising funding'. Personally, I can think of a good replacement for George Bush and for Elizabeth Dole and both are from North Carolina.
Future President John Edwards
and Future Senator Larry Kissell
Today's Charlotte Observer has this about Elizabeth Dole.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina faces a few weeks of recovery after undergoing surgery Tuesday to replace her right hip.
Dole, 70, underwent an hour-long operation on the hip that had bothered her for some time, Washington-based spokeswoman Katie Norman said. She declined to say where the Republican senator had the surgery.
"It was a success, and she's doing well," said Norman. She added that Dole is expected to return to work "after a few weeks of recuperation." The 110th Congress will convene Jan. 4.
A Charlotte doctor who specializes in knee replacement said Dole could be back by then.
"Somebody like Sen. Dole is otherwise very healthy, and she should bounce back relatively quickly," said Dr. Walt Beaver of OrthoCarolina.
Beaver, who a decade ago performed a hip replacement on Dole's late mother, Mary Hanford of Salisbury, said most patients use a walker or crutches for a couple weeks before walking again on their own.
Beaver said more than 400,000 Americans have hips replaced every year, a number expected to triple as baby boomers age.