In politics, they call it a "flip-flop." Bob Dole gets on the campaign trail, rips Hollywood for its fascination with sex, violence, and "generally cheap behavior," loses the presidential election--and goes Hollywood.

He does Letterman. He does Saturday Night Live. Last night he did Leno. And on Monday, he taped Suddenly Susan, the NBC sitcom starring Brooke Shields.

In his one scene, he portrays a former politician named "Bob Dole" who encounters "Luis," played by Nestor Carbonell, a Latino character who wants to become a U.S. citizen. On an elevator, Luis says he heard in his citizenship class that incumbent presidents are hardly ever defeated. That gets an endorsement from Dole, who then goes on to give Luis a quick prep course on American political institutions.

No air date has been set. NBC recenly moved Suddenly Susan off its regular Thursday slot. A new episode will air January 9, then the show returns on February 27.

In between, it will take a hiatus for some rethinking, something Dole knows a lot about these days. He's reportedly been exploring deals for writing, giving speeches and endorsing products. He's already done an ad for Air France urging air travel on people who suddenly find themselves with time on their hands.

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