Bob Dole, left, in unhappier times: Back when he still worked with Newt Gingrich, right, circa 1994. (John Duricka/AP)

Bob Dole explaining to GQ the thought process that led him to endorse Mitt Romney — and no, seriously, it wasn’t just his hatred of Newt Gingrich (“He’s got a lot of ideas. Some of them are good; not many”). The ’96 GOP nominee, now 88, is hailed in the July issue as one of the 50 great things about America.

Bob Dole in GQ, July 2012