Video: Quayle on VP choices, John Edwards

posted at 9:20 am on August 11, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Former VP Dan Quayle made a rather rare appearance on the talking-head circuit today, discussing the process for selecting running mates and the potential changes in potential candidates in light of current events.  Quayle also spoke to Matt Lauer about l’affaire Edwards, and whether the former Senator can come back after his public humiliation:

Quayle makes an interesting point about Barack Obama’s options for VP in light of the Russo-Georgian war in the Caucasus.  With his weak response in the first hours of the conflict and his strange attack on McCain’s adviser afterwards, Obama looked unprepared and ill-equipped to handle an international crisis.  He may now need to find someone with foreign policy credentials to bolster his standing — and that would eliminate most of the people presumed to be on the short list: Tim Kaine, Kathleen Sibelius, even Hillary Clinton.

Quayle suggests Bill Richardson, who has the best resumé but turned out to be a lousy campaigner.  I think Quayle might be right, and he’s certainly right to discount Joe Biden, who’s even worse on the trail than Richardson.  The crisis could also bring Wes Clark back to the fore, another lousy campaigner but at least seen to be experienced in foreign crises.  Bringing on another rookie will further erode confidence among centrists and independents, and make John McCain look like the only rational option in a chaotic time.

Edwards is finished in electoral politics, Quayle notes soberly.  He could make a comeback as an appointment, but may even have difficulty returning to just issue politics.  Quayle understands what it’s like to get ridiculed off the stage, and in Quayle’s case, for no real reason at all.  Somehow, I think Edwards will get more forgiveness for his real peccadilloes than Quayle ever got for his imagined errors.

Update: For some reason, the embedding didn’t work the first time on the video.


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Quayle was far more qualified to be President than Obama, just no question about it.

Quayle is a class act, unlike the petty, juvenile delinquents who populate the Democrat Party along with their media lickspittles.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2008 at 9:30 AM

So Dan Quayle is back on TV – gosh that’s a good thing for the GOP…..

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Edwards will get more forgiveness for his real peccadilloes than Quayle ever got for his imagined errors.

QFT

Sekhmet on August 11, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Video would be nice.

RobertInAustin on August 11, 2008 at 9:34 AM

I have heard that the National Enquirer has more on honest John.

bloggless on August 11, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Quayle made one spelling error & he’s laughed off the stage. Obama makes a big gaffe every week, & he’s poised to become president of the USA world universe.

jgapinoy on August 11, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Well jgapinoy, that’s because Barack Obama led us through . . .

I mean, Barack Obama’s leadership gave us . . .

Barack Obama was able to accomplish . . .

OK, Barack Obama is half-black, dresses nice and makes good speeches.

Why isn’t that enough for you? Racist.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2008 at 9:45 AM

Quayle made one spelling error & he’s laughed off the stage. Obama makes a big gaffe every week, & he’s poised to become president of the USA world universe.

jgapinoy on August 11, 2008 at 9:42 AM

It wasn’t just the spelling error. A week or so ago, Lisa Schiffrin over at NRO Corner noted that Quayle’s problems began with the oily bush family factotum James A. Baker’s response to Bush 41′s picking Quayle.

Baker rolled his eyes, and gave a clear “He wouldn’t have picked this lightweight guy if he’d consulted me first” look. Baker stuck it to Quayle because he was miffed at being left out of the decision.

Wethal on August 11, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Remember these beauties everyone?

“The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century.” — Vice President Dan Quayle, 9/15/8

“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.” — Vice President Dan Quayle, 9/18/90

“One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.” — Vice President Dan Quayle, 12/6/89

“Mars is essentially in the same orbit… Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If there is oxygen, that means we can breathe.” — Vice President Dan Quayle, 8/11/8

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Quayle made one spelling error & he’s laughed off the stage

Actually, Quayle’s error was to assume the card handed to him had the correct spelling of the word “potato.”

The crisis could also bring Wes Clark back to the fore, another lousy campaigner but at least seen to be experienced in foreign crises.

Clark’s “experience” in foreign crises consists of making a bad situation worse…

rbb on August 11, 2008 at 9:52 AM

The crisis could also bring Wes Clark back to the fore, another lousy campaigner but at least seen to be experienced in foreign crises.

Wes Clark was a political appointee general as a “friend of Bill.” His foreign crises claims revolve around 27 days of bombing. His military career couldn’t hurt Obama’s creds but let’s not kid ourselves that Wes Clark is up to the stanadards that Obama would need for this strategy to make sense.

highhopes on August 11, 2008 at 9:53 AM

So Dan Quayle is back on TV – gosh that’s a good thing for the GOP…..

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Just shows you how extremely slow the news cycle is in August.

highhopes on August 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Wesley Clark the next Vice President, Really? I guess there are two Americas, one that is deluded, and one who that gets the jokes.

Dr Evil on August 11, 2008 at 9:57 AM

jake-the-goose,

Time to through Barack under the bus then, he makes Quayle look like Einstein:

“Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee — which is my committee — a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.” –referring to a committee he is not on, Sderot, Israel, July 23, 2008

“Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain…administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.” –Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008

“How’s it going, Sunshine?” –campaigning in Sunrise, Florida

“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

“Hold on one second, sweetie, we’re going to do — we’ll do a press avail.” –to a female reporter for ABC’s Detroit affiliate who asked about his plan to help American autoworkers (Watch video clip)

“I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip)

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” –after being asked a foreign policy question by a reporter while visiting a diner in Pennsylvania

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” –explaining his troubles winning over some working-class voters

“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”

“Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.” –exasperated by reporters after a news conference

“You’re likeable enough, Hillary.” –during a Democratic debate

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” –on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

NoDonkey on August 11, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Just shows you how extremely slow the news cycle is in August.

highhopes on August 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM

PERFECTLY SAID and OBSERVED !!!

Oh well. He was a nice man – just too big a target for the MSM.

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Quayle got a raw deal and as a veep had significantly more on the ball than Obama.

Obama is where he is today because of what his supporters fell what it says about THEM.

I suspect that Obama’s support is a house of cards. It is pretty easy for a segment of Obama supporters to vote for a guy like McCain in private and then decry the “lost opportunity” in public.

In this way, you can in fact have it both ways. Vote the safe choice and share in the knowing looks with other Obama supporters of what could have been.

moxie_neanderthal on August 11, 2008 at 9:58 AM

NoDonkey on August 11, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Well done. – very well done – and noted.

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 9:59 AM

The crisis could also bring Wes Clark back to the fore, another lousy campaigner but at least seen to be experienced in foreign crises.

Clark and Biden are perfect examples of men who will go absolutely no further in life. Given this, and the fact they are white and well-known, makes them perfect choices for Obama’s VP, and more importantly, willing to accept. No one with any political future would possibly hitch his wagon to the falling Obama star. While Richardson is very clearly a moron, his re-found ethnicity may yet move him further. As such, he’s bound to decline if asked.

JiangxiDad on August 11, 2008 at 10:01 AM

NoDonkey on August 11, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Why are these sound bites and other obamaisms not yet a TV spot?

red131 on August 11, 2008 at 10:05 AM

I’m beginning to think that Edwards’ political career (what there was of it) may be done. Sure, most Dims are willing to give him a pass for cheating on his seriously-ill wife, but the unbelieveable stupidity of the way in which Edwards has behaved in this matter may be harder to overlook. It’s not just all the lies Edwards continues to tell about the paternity of the baby, and the big pay-offs to Hunter and Young. It’s also all the sordid details coming out now about Hunter — a frazzled New Age loon with a history of entertaining more men than Yankee stadium, who announced several years ago that she was going to make herself rich and famous by hooking up with a rich and famous man.

Edwards, a supposedly smart guy, is beginning to look like one of the biggest fools on the planet. And as Dan Quayle can attest, once the public becomes convinced that somebody is a blithering idiot, it’s very difficult to ever get the public to take that person seriously again.

AZCoyote on August 11, 2008 at 10:07 AM

I remember when the Libtards gave Vice President Quayle heck over his misspelling of the word “potato”. Okay then: Edwards, can you spell I-D-I-O-T? Barack, can you spell M-O-R-O-N?

I also remember Vice President Quayle giving Al Gore a verbal thrashing during a vice presidential debate and how stunned the Libtards were!

So Dan Quayle is back on TV – gosh that’s a good thing for the GOP…..

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 9:33 AM

The fact is that Quayle has more foreign policy experience that Edwards and Barack combined times several orders of magnitude and is smarter than both by several more orders of magnitude. Odd that a MESSIAH will make so many flip flops and gaffes…..unless he’s just a run-of-the-mill air head, arrogant f#@k who can read a teleprompter. And Edwards, he’s just a typical sleezy politician and ambulance chaser. So Jake-the-Goose, it is a good thing.

Bubba Redneck on August 11, 2008 at 10:08 AM

On the contrary, Hillary will be Obama’s much-needed foreign policy expert, she will be his V.P.

Once, she performed a cork-screw landing in a combat zone, then burst out of the plane carrying a comedian and a mediocre guitar player on her back, and then, after bringing them to safety, she returned to the fiery tarmac to rescue the screaming children.

Now that’s foreign policy experience! No purple heart for her, though, because she’s a woman.

jeff_from_mpls on August 11, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Quayle made one spelling error & he’s laughed off the stage. Obama makes a big gaffe every week, & he’s poised to become president of the USA world universe.

jgapinoy on August 11, 2008 at 9:42 AM

The MSM bases their decision to rip, or not rip a politician on but a single letter of the alphabet.

D = Hands Off
R = Crucify the SOB

fogw on August 11, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Video added — don’t know why the embed didn’t work the first time.

Ed Morrissey on August 11, 2008 at 10:26 AM

He may now need to find someone with foreign policy credentials to bolster his standing — and that would eliminate most of the people presumed to be on the short list: Tim Kaine, Kathleen Sibelius, even Hillary Clinton.

What happened to Evan Bayh? I thought he was on the really short list.

The crisis could also bring Wes Clark back to the fore, another lousy campaigner but at least seen to be experienced in foreign crises.

Oh, please, let him pick the utterly loathsome Wes Clark!

Buy Danish on August 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Kathleen Sebelius? LoL… here in the great state of Kansas… she aint been doing so great. Corruption in the attorney generals office with the people she supports, rejection of building a new electrical generating plant, and increasing budget crisis this year… yeah, that’s what we need in Washington D.C. is more of that.

Lawrence on August 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM

The attack of being ignorant that Quayle endured was just a warm up of what the dims were going to do to Bush. After over 7 years of daily bombarding their brainwashed legions that Bush is stupid, a liar and complete failure with these hate filled attacks and Obama is all they’ve got? What a freaking joke. I guess the dims have to rachet up the obsessive hate for Bush on a daily basis or their followers would forget.

volsense on August 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM

I think Quayle is right; Edwards is finished, even with the media bootlickers trying to resuscitate him. All the Enquirer has to do is run that video of him running into the bathroom and hiding. A good ad company could come up with at least 3 spots that would make him a laughing stock based on that video. Hell, anyone with a computer probably could. What worked for Bill Clinton on his affairs, is he just brazened his way through them. Faced the press, attacked his critics, and lied his a** off. Edwards ran into a men’s room and burst into tears like a 10 year old girl. He’s done.

austinnelly on August 11, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Dan Quayle? What? They couldn’t get the Algore, aka the Goracle, aka Loser, to talk about Veep choices? Or is that sooooooo beneath him (and his rather large shadow/carbon footprint)?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Why does everyone care so much about this John Edwards story? This is the first comment I’ve made on the dozens of Edwards stories I’ve seen go by in the last few days on various blogs. I don’t get the fascination for a has-been.

aero on August 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

He could make a comeback as an appointment …

Why should he get an appt? He’s still lying his a$$ off. And worse, continuing to orchestrate this whole web of deceit. Plus, I don’t see where his desire for power is more important than acknowledging his own flesh and blood.

Blake on August 11, 2008 at 10:55 AM

So Dan Quayle is back on TV – gosh that’s a good thing for the GOP…..

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 9:33 AM

heard on the radio just yesterday that Quayle is on the short list of people who will appear on next years Dancing with the Stars.

No Im not kidding…..

CaptainObvious on August 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

The crisis could also bring Wes Clark back to the fore, another lousy campaigner but at least seen to be experienced in attempting to provoke foreign crises with the Russian Bear.

Fixed.

Good timing for such a choice.

Maquis on August 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM

“The attack of being ignorant that Quayle endured was just a warm up of what the dims were going to do to Bush.”

The left has done this for years.

Eisenhower was a hero in WWII for all he did and the Democrats THEN tried to portray him as stupid.

See, if you don’t understand the brilliance of socialism, a form of government that has proven itself time and time again to be perfect and to construct utopia on earth, you can’t be very bright.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Kathleen Sebelius? LoL… here in the great state of Kansas… she aint been doing so great. Corruption in the attorney generals office with the people she supports, rejection of building a new electrical generating plant, and increasing budget crisis this year… yeah, that’s what we need in Washington D.C. is more of that.

Lawrence on August 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Well, she sound like a perfect match for Barry.

funky chicken on August 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM

John has bigger problems than running for any office. He has a lot of money and a wife who, by all rights, has claim on a vast fortune. Moreover, if she thinks his star has reached its apex, she may decide to renegotiate their contract (she is an attorney afterall).

I suspect he told his wife alright, but exactly which version who knows. But how he squares that circle in public versus laying out his own private version of events with the Mrs is something else.

I suspect that as more facts become known the less his private account matches the official story. Should make for interesting family time in the Edwards mansion.

moxie_neanderthal on August 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM

The crisis could also bring Wes Clark back to the fore, another lousy campaigner but at least seen to be experienced in foreign crises.

And then the RNC could hire that dapper Brit general who told Weaseley that he wasn’t willing to start WWIII with Russia over some airfield in Kosovo.

Army people hate Weaseley almost as much as AF folks hate Merrill “Tony” McPeak.

funky chicken on August 11, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Bob Costas interviewed GW Bush for around 10 minutes too last night, touching on a lot of worldwide politics, such as China’s record, Russia, Georgia. An odd setting for one of GW’s most substantive interviews in awhile.

Paul-Cincy on August 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

heard on the radio just yesterday that Quayle is on the short list of people who will appear on next years Dancing with the Stars.

CaptainObvious on August 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Oh my – Oh my….. Dan Dan Dan !!!!

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Paul-Cincy on August 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I thought the President and Costas did a nice job in their interview – I loved the end when Bush said “I’m going to the swimming events if you ever let me get off this set” !!

The crew could be heard laughing.

Bush has done a great job supporting out athletes. He’s a good man – and a great sports fan.

jake-the-goose on August 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Video added — don’t know why the embed didn’t work the first time.

Ed Morrissey on August 11, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Well with a post about Quayle, gaffs are bound to happen.

- The Cat

P.S. We all make gaffs. Quayle just makes them funny.

MirCat on August 11, 2008 at 1:50 PM

I was thinking along similar lines as Quayle only with the focus on McCain. Quayle is looking at the Obamessiah and that he may need to choose a VP candidate with foreign policy gravitas, but what of McCain?

Recall that McCain appeared ready to drop out of the race when Bhutto of Pakistan was assassinated. Suddenly rejuvenated, McCain’s campaign took off and he carried that momentum to the early clinching of the Republican nomination.

Could Russia’s invasion of Georgia be the catalyst that enables McCain to shatter the shiny veneer of “The One” and win a supposedly unwinable election?

Wildcatter1980 on August 11, 2008 at 7:31 PM