Everyone’s favorite spelling-challenged former Vice President, Dan Quayle, is back in the news with advice for Republican VP candidate, Sarah Palin.
Quayle said the choice of Palin reminded him of his own experience as a Vice Presidential candidate with former President George H.W. Bush in 1988. He told Palin (comments in bold are my own):
“I basically said, ‘Look, just be yourself (a hot, non-threatening dumbass). You were selected by John McCain because of who you are (a woman)and what you have done (stuff the Evangelical nutjob base will love),'” Quayle said. “Don’t let them take anything away from you. Just go out and be yourself (even if that means embarrassing your ticket, your party and women in general with your stupidity and asshatery).”
Quayle said the choice helped the campaign, giving the McCain ticket an initial bump in the polls, much like his addition to the Bush ticket did 20 years ago:
“In my situation … going into the convention, we were like 12 points behind. I was announced on Tuesday (with) the same excitement and the same attention said, ‘OK, what is this?'” he said. “I had been in Congress 12 years and eight years in the Senate. I was known, obviously, a lot more than she was, but still it was an announcement and an appointment that was unexpected.”
But see, there’s the difference: at least Quayle had 20 years of experience in the Congress and Senate under his belt. And while he turned out to be a bit of an idiot, at least he had some credentials beyond running a town the size of a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a state with more pipelines than people. The thought of Palin’s face on that Time cover with the words “This woman could be our next President” makes me more terrified than Dan Quayle at a spelling bee.