The year is 1988. The city is Omaha, Nebraska. Two vice-presidential candidates meet on the debate floor pitch intent on wrestling the other into rhetorical uncle. Only one, however, holds in reserve what he believes to be a particularly effective rhetorical body throw. His name is Dan Quayle, and — as a young, somewhat handsome senator — his political career bears a somewhat vague similarity to that of President John F. Kennedy, a somewhat vague similarity which he is known to bring up often on the campaign trail despite their opposing political parties.
The perfect moment arises in the debate, and Sen. Quayle makes his move, "I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency."
His opponent, the much older and equally-uncharismatic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (who?) — running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Michael Dukakis (who???) — senses a weakness and quickly goes for the takedown: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
1-2-3! He's out! Wild applause! Victory lap! Dukakis and Bentson lose election in epic landslide defeat.
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