Who gets the first interview, Jenna or Luke?
Attorney and investor Ben Quayle (R) may not have the experience in elected office that many of his GOP rivals for Arizona’s 3rd district seat do, but he’s blowing them out of the water in fundraising.
Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, raised $550,000 since launching his campaign in mid-February, no doubt assisted by his family network.
That sum is likely to make him one of the top funded non-incumbent House candidates in the country for the first quarter.
So what you’re saying here is there’s no hope? Is that what I’m hearing? I think that’s what I’m hearing! And that is a very harsh message for a woman who just put the water on for her coffee.
Another Mike Flannigan exclusive: Sarah Palin: Madam of the Mediocracy.
Cheney/Quayle can’t be any worse than Palin/Beck, can it?
What a terrible vision, Cheyne/Quayle!
I don’t know the younger Quayle. He may have all kinds of good qualities.
By the way, did you mean Old Man Cheyne or his daughter?
You’re just trying to punish us for the religious threads yesterday, aren’t you?
Bill E Pilgrim
Isn’t that spelled Quayl?
History has shown us that great men usually have mediocre offspring. For example, the mighty philosopher/emperor Marcus Aurelius’s son and heir was the weak and loathsome Commodus.
I’m not sure what happens when the offspring of the already weak and loathsome come to power. Are they worse than their parents or is that not possible?
Ugh….too early to think apocolyptic things.
Can’t we make this a 4-20 post instead?
Can’t we go with Palin/Quayle instead? I know it lacks the symmetry of nepotism/nepotism, but it does have “incompetent VP candidate/spawn of incompetent VP”.
No dim-witted legacy left behind.
But how does he spell potato?
And pigs may also have wings.
quail are delicious.
let us eat them all.
I hate political dynasties. Even the ones that work out okay.
Folderol and Ephemera
Obama/Obama 2040! Hail to the Sisters in Chief.
Chelsea Clinton can be the Sec. of State.
@pk: LOL. Thanks. You lifted my spirits! :-)
I went to university/college with another one of the Quayle offspring… lets just say the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
I don’t know anything about Ben Quayle, so I have no real opinion of whether this is good, bad, or whatever. I always thought Marilyn Quayle had a decent head on her shoulders, so if Ben takes after his mother rather than his father, at least he wouldn’t be lowering the bar further on political discourse in this country by going into politics. If he takes after his father, however, it could make for some pretty good entertainment coming out of this congressional race.
The idea of Liz Cheney occupying any position of consequence, on the other hand, makes me recoil in horror. People like that should be kept as far away from the levers of power as possible.
I honestly don’t get why people care about this.
Case in point.
@Folderol and Ephemera: Now, see, those would be dynasties that I could get behind.
I’ve eaten Quayle at Karl Rove’s house.
@Ash Can: People like Liz Cheney should be locked up! Keep her and other such psychopaths away from decent society.
@Brien Jackson: Your point?
Star-struck Nepotistic Authoritarianism.
Proof that a name brand can get you money and access even if that name brand is the Enron of politics.
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
Don’t ask me why this memory popped into my head this morning, but earlier today, I thought of the time Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, which was, to say the least, not very well received. Each side is obviously going to praise their nominees and bash the other side’s nominees, even if it’s a stretch, but Cheney took it to a new level when he looked into the camera of whatever network was interviewing him and stated that Miers was “extremely well qualified.” I don’t know if he really believed that, but if he didn’t, anybody who could lie like that is dangerous on several levels.
Crap….. I had my heart set on Palin/Bachmann in 2012. B’ak’tun 13, bitchez!1
Mike in NC
Bill Kristol is responsible for inflicting both the Quayles and the Palins on the world. What will he do for an encore?
Oderint dum metuant
Hasten the apocalypse
Be on the winning side at Ragnarök
“Attorney and Investor”
Translates as “It turns out that after you get out of law school those law firms don’t just give you an office and a salary, they expect you to work!! Fuck that!
So now I just chill with my homies from the frat and we are thinking about starting the next Facebook. It’s gonna be epic!”
Because Republicans believe in meritocracy, I’m sure his success has nothing at all to do with his name or his parentage and everything to do with his competence, intelligence, and… HAHAHAHAHAHA…
Whew. Sorry. I’m getting worse at being able to keep a straight face when I’m spouting GOP talking points lately.
I’m reminded of the anecdote that made the rounds when Irving Kristol passed last year, and which I have shamelessly stolen from the comments here:
Back in the late 1990s, Ira Katznelson, an eminent political scientist at Columbia, delivered a lecture. In that lecture, Prof. Katznelson described a lunch he had with Irving Kristol during the first Bush administration.
The talk turned to William Kristol, then Dan Quayle’s chief of staff, and how he got his start in politics. Irving recalled how he talked to his friend Harvey Mansfield at Harvard, who secured William a place there as both an undergrad and graduate student; how he talked to Pat Moynihan, then Nixon’s domestic policy adviser, and got William an internship at the White House; how he talked to friends at the RNC [Republican National Committee] and secured a job for William after he got his Harvard Ph.D.; and how he arranged with still more friends for William to teach at Penn and the Kennedy School of Government.
With that, Prof. Katznelson recalled, he then asked Irving what he thought of affirmative action. ‘I oppose it,’ Irving replied. ‘It subverts meritocracy.’
While the platform statements on his website reek of braindead Republican pablum, geared toward reassuring wingnuts of his hardcore anti-intellectual librul-hatin’ cred, I can say from personal knowledge this Quayle is not a particularly dim bulb. (Whether he acts more unsophisticated than he is elected is a different matter and worthy of judgment in the future, of course). He was a solid student/citizen at a top 10 university (not a la GWB), graduated from a good law school and worked for legit firms. Whether he was handed those academic placements and jobs through his father’s network or not (and no doubt it helped significantly – admissions at Duke and biglaw jobs in NYC aren’t passed out like candy these days), he passed the California and New York bars. Something many can’t say. Many offspring of political big hitters have taken much easier paths to their own political careers than Quayle’s.
My biggest problem with him is not his lineage, but the fact he played lacrosse. Anyway, give the kid a chance before condemning him as a moron because of his father. You all sound like the people on the other side dumping on Pelosi’s daughter’s film because of her mother’s identity.
@MCA: Ben Quayle may not be a moron, but whoever wrote the biography on his page sure is. Dear god, it’s one of the most poorly written biographical pages I’ve seen for a mainstream political candidate. (Maybe his dad wrote it.)
I’m aware of the fact that his pacemaker has a nuclear battery, but 2020 still sounds like a stretch for the Old Man.
When asked by a reporter, Dick Cheney rejected the idea of a Cheney-Quayle ‘20 ticket out of hand. More precisely, his response was: “Quails are only good for target practice.”
Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel
@dollared: BINGO! You got it!
Not only did Ben Quayle undoubtedly fall heir to the prodigious brain power of his father, he may have inherited the literary mantle of his mother Marilyn Tucker Quayle. About her novel, “Embrace the Serpent,” http://www.alibris.com notes, “In this thriller [sic] by the wife of the Vice President and her sister, a Senator with close ties to Cuba leads an uprising among the military to thwart efforts to install a Russian puppet in place of the now-deceased Castro. The result is a revolution led by Castro’s arch enemy, an escaped prisoner who is a hero of the people. see all copies from $0.99!”