Sunday, January 25, 2009

Before Palin there was Quayle

My eldest wrote an interesting post about Sarah Palin (a link to her blog is to the right). Dan Quayle was George H. W. Bush's VP from 1989 to 1993, back when Lauran was just a wee tot. During that period he became known more for his speaking gaffs than for just about anything else.

Snopes has an interesting collection of some of his more notable and interesting sayings, while trying to weed out the inaccurate cruft attributed to him. I'll let you follow the link to read some of them.

If there is one moment for which Dan Quayle will be remembered, it has to be the vice presidential debate with a rather senior Lloyd Bentsen, in which Dan Quayle was trying to make the point that he had as much Congressional experience at the time as John Kennedy when JFK ran for president. In rebuttal Lloyd Bentsen replied "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

Which, depending on your political bent, you can consider as either an asset or a liability.

American politics have moved beyond the current Republican zeitgeist . In fact an argument could be made that American politics have simultaneously moved beyond the current Democratic zeitgeist as well, Barack Obama not withstanding. Whether the Democrats remain in power remains to be seen; it's their game to loose. And we Democrats have a nasty habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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