Compared to that, the age discrimination we non-public figures have experienced is pretty tame.
Maybe those who have more to recover from, bounce back in a big way. Now the media are covering Dole as a type of elder statesman. Currently he is touring the place of his roots - Kansas. That could be just the beginning of his being a fresh voice in conservatism.
Will there be a Draft Dole movement for 2016? There could be a play on that for symbolic purposes. However, we Baby Boomers can observe Dole as a model for addressing our own woundedness about being treated badly, just because we are no longer young.