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The Wisdom of Dan Quayle

America is Over Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 4:46 PM
"Back then, Whitehead's essay was heretical. Today, it's conventional wisdom." It's not "conventional wisdom" if you are not allowed to mention it in public. Ann Coulter just wrote an article about NYC subway posters that point out the damage done to children by having unwed mothers and the liberal backlash it unleashed. Marriage will continue to disintegrate as long as the culture says it's not important. Dan Quayle was right.

Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for The Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right."

In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Quayle was right about.

There once was a popular sitcom called "Murphy Brown." The title character, played by Candice Bergen, was a news anchor. The show had its moments, but it was also insufferably pleased with itself and its liberalism. At least until the arrival of the Aaron Sorkin oeuvre ("The West Wing," "The Newsroom"), it set the standard for such things.

Murphy Brown was rich,...