National Review / Digital
Dan Quayle’s Second Act
He’s out of politics, but full of political wisdom

Dan Quayle goes to bat for Mitt Romney in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Dec. 6, 2011. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)


At some point this year, Quayle expects to hear rumors of a “Dump Biden” movement among Democrats — a drive to convince Obama that he should recruit a new running mate, replacing the gaffe-prone Joe Biden. “There will be a push to drop him, but it won’t happen,” says Quayle, who was the subject of similar efforts in 1992. “Why switch? Putting someone else on the ticket won’t help. The president must get reelected on his own. Changing the vice-presidential candidate would create too much discord and chaos.”

The main vice-presidential event between now and the conventions, of course, will take place among Republicans. If Romney wins the nomination, whom should he pick? “He needs to think a little out of the box because he’s a traditional, conventional political figure,” says Quayle. He immediately suggests a pair of potential running mates whom many conservatives had hoped would run for president this year: Florida senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey governor Chris Christie. “Rubio is a comer. He has an impressive résumé, a wonderful story.” Yet Rubio has also signaled that he doesn’t want to be on anyone’s short list for veep. Quayle chuckles at this. “Let me tell you: If the offer is made, he will not reject it.” Quayle also approves of Christie: “He’s a bare-knuckles straight shooter who loves the give and take of politics. He’s a breath of fresh air, totally unconventional for a Republican governor of New Jersey.”

February 6, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, No. 2

  • Why Ron Paul appeals to the millennial generation.
  • MSNBC drops the mask.
  • Rating agencies certify the euro zone’s parlous state.
  • Candidates, Americans, and their foreign languages.
  • Stephen Colbert’s NPR LOL.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Ron Haskins reviews Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010, by Charles Murray.
  • Henry Olsen reviews Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party, by Geoffrey Kabaservice.
  • John J. Miller reviews Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs, edited by S. T. Joshi.
  • Mark Falcoff reviews But What Do You Actually Do?: A Literary Vagabondage, by Alistair Horne.
  • Ross Douthat reviews The Artist.
  • John Derbyshire tours the Guggenheim.
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
The Bent Pin  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .