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Dan Quayle
  • Dan Quayle Rears His Head Over the Airspace of Sarah Palin

    If there's one person that Sarah Palin and John McCain wanted out of the political discourse, it was Dan Quayle. Any mention of the bumbling, light-weight former vice president was a painful reminder of Palin's numerous gaffes and shortcomings on the campaign trail.

    Well, guess who showed up yesterday? Dan Quayle!

    The former vice president said Wednesday that he's spoken with Palin since Sen. John McCain chose her for the GOP ticket in late August.

    "I basically said, 'Look, just be yourself. You were selected by John McCain because of who you are and what you have done, and don't let them take anything away from you. Just go out and be yourself,"' he said.

    Quayle said he sees several parallels between the 1988 campaign and this year's race: Neither he nor the Alaska governor were well known before being put on the national ticket. Both were criticized for not having enough experience for the job.

    Yikes. So even Quayle, the national laughingstock himself, is drawing the comparison with Palin. And they've discussed this in person!

    Maybe Quayle is injecting his tainted name into the race at this point as revenge against McCain, who clearly stole the name of his 2002 memoir ("Worth the Fighting For") from Quayle's 1999 literary masterpiece ("Worth Fighting For").

    Tags: Dan Quayle, John McCain, Sarah Palin
  • Most Underrated Vice-Presidents: Dan Quayle

    In honor of misunderestimations flying rampantly around tonight's vice-presidential debate, we asked Geoff Wolinetz, Nick Jezarian and Josh Abraham — editors of the hilariously funny Yankee Pot Roast and authors of Underrated: The Yankee Pot Roast Book of Awesomely Underappreciated Stuff — to count down some of the most underrated veeps, which we'll be featuring as the world spends the next few days trying to make sense of the Palin/Biden debate.

    Poor ol' James Danforth Quayle (44th Vice President, 1989-1993).

    Sure, he's no Jack Kennedy, and, frankly, he wasn't much of a vice-president.

    His biggest political fight was an attack on Murphy Brown — which he lost. But he is, technically, underrated because he took a whole lot of crap from the media for being a moron, and, upon his exit from the political stage, it looked like his only legacy was that of being the hands-down stupidest person ever to be elected to office.

    But… uh… in hindsight… the depths of electable stupidity can be plumbed much, much lower. So what, he misspelled "potato" and completely bungled-slash-proved the concept of a mind being a terrible thing to waste. Those are actually kind of insignificant. You cannot misspell your way into war, recession, global warming, and worldwide contempt.

    And, hey, even though Quayle thought Mars was about as far from the sun as earth, at least he was a moron who believed in science.

    And as far as Veeps go, which is worse: innocent stupidity or willful malfeasance?

    Tags: Dan Quayle