Quayle Flub Revisited in Massachusetts AG Race

Another old friend of ALO, this one now lives in Massachusetts popped an e-mail to us over the holidays and shared this interesting tidbit referencing Dan Quayle in their Attorney General race:
Perhaps your Hoosier readers would like to know that a reference to Dan Quayle sprang up yesterday in Bay State politics here in Massachusetts as Attorney General Martha Coakley campaigns for the U.S. Senate in the Jan. 19 special election to fill the seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy.

Paul Kirk, former DNC chair, holds the seat on an interim basis by appointment of Gov. Deval Patrick. Kirk agreed to serve expressly because he was not a candidate for the special election.

The Republican candidate — yes, there are Republicans in Massachusetts, such as former Gov. Mitt Romney, except he now lives in New Hampshire, etc. — is state Sen. Scott Brown. Yesterday, Sen. Brown unleashed a TV ad that is quite remarkable. He uses footage of JFK calling for tax cuts and then morphs JFK into himself. The ad is up on YouTube.

According to a Page One article in today’s Boston Globe, the chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, John Walsh, was prompted by the Brown-as-Kennedy ad to quip that we now have a repeat of the Lloyd Bentsen-Dan Quayle vice presidential debate in 1988 (yee Gods, 22 years ago?!?!?!) during which Bentsen famously told Quayle, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

Said Walsh: “Scott Brown’s effort to compare himself to President Kennedy reaches a new level of absurdity. The citizens of Massachusetts knew John Kennedy, and they know that Scott Brown is no John Kennedy.”

Shades of Dan Quayle. Hoosier Democrats should be in the know about this. Please tell ’em.

Again, best wishes to you and A Loyal Opposition in 2010.

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