It’s OK, I have never both.

After all, the Indiana senator-turned-much-maligned-vice-president underneath George H.W. Bush left nationwide politics with precisely one factor connected to his identify: He did not know tips on how to spell “p-o-t-a-t-o.” Well, now Quayle goes to be identified by historical past for one thing a bit of extra optimistic: Helping to save lots of democracy.

See, Quayle served as a sort-of sounding board for Vice President Mike Pence within the last days of the administration as President Donald Trump leaned exhausting on him to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The back-and-forth is documented in “Peril,” a soon-to-be released book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

Here’s the important thing bit: 

“Over and over, Pence asked if there was anything he could do.

“‘Mike, you haven’t any flexibility on this. None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away,’ Quayle instructed him.

“Pence pressed again.

“‘You do not know the place I’m in,’ he stated, in accordance with the authors.

“‘I do know the position you’re in,’ Quayle responded. ‘I also know what the law is. You listen to the parliamentarian. That’s all you do. You have no power.'”

If you assume I’m exaggerating concerning the position Quayle performed, take into account how issues may need gone had he taken a distinct tact with Pence, telling him to do what Trump requested.

(Pence and Quayle know each other by Indiana politics. Pence spent years representing Indiana within the House earlier than being elected governor of the Hoosier State in 2012. Quayle additionally hung out within the House earlier than successful a Senate seat in 1980.)

At finest, that may have led to a collection of lawsuits contesting whether or not Pence had the flexibility to overturn the election. That course of would have dragged out for weeks — if not months — leaving the nation in limbo in ways in which may nicely have spawned additional violence.

At worst, we may have seen the reputable decline of American democracy, with the demonstrated will of the folks overturned by a single man.

Consider THAT. And then say a silent thanks to Dan Quayle, sure DAN QUAYLE, for maintaining our republic intact.

The Point: The aftermath of the 2020 election confirmed how fragile democracy might be. So fragile that one man, who hasn’t been in nationwide workplace in a long time, might have single-handedly saved it.


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