Sunday, June 7, 2015

Quayle Bentsen debate

It's been reviewed before countless times, no doubt.  Even on this here blog.

What could have Quayle done to redress the harm done to him by Bentsen?  Anybody ever thought about that?

The verbal attack on Quayle was a hit below the belt.  When you do that while challenging the man personally, it can be potentially dangerous.  It wasn't in this case, but there has been at least two cases in history in which a pair of political figures crossed lances.

One resulted in a death of Alexander Hamilton in a duel with Aaron Burr, then Vice President of the United States.  The other involved a member of the House and a Senator.  I'd have to look it up, but I think it was Preston Brooks who attacked Charles Sumner in Congress.  Physically attacked him in so brutal a fashion as to put him out of commission for awhile.

Too many people don't realize what they are doing sometimes.  Hopefully, I won't make that mistake, but it is always possible to make mistakes.

I'm not the only one who is capable of making mistakes.  Anyone is.  Therefore, instead of criticizing Quayle, he should be commended on his self control.  Bentsen should have been censured for his rudeness.  But that's not the way the public saw it.  That's what I  mean.  You don't know what you are doing sometimes, and it can be a big mistake.  You may see a situation spiral out of control.  It behooves us to show a little prudence in the way in which we conduct ourselves.

But that may be asking too much.  Perhaps Quayle's response really was evidence of a lack of ability.

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