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The Wisdom of Dan Quayle

pascagoulapappy Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 9:34 PM
I had a friend who graduated Magna Improper Language (Ha! Ha!) Laude with a B.A. in Sociology. He applied for a job as a "trainee manager" at a coffee-and-beignets joint. When Da Boss told him to begin by sweeping the floor, my friend indignantly replied, "But I graduated Magna c-m Laude in sociology !" Da boss said, "Oh, dat's different ! I'll show ya how!" And, by the way, why did the farmhands jump on the egghead because he told them he had a Post Hole Digger ?

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,...