A Quick Lesson in Major-League Politics

Petty questions about Quayle give way to a weightier one: his fitness for the White House

Speaking in measured, mournful tones, the G.O.P. vice-presidential nominee drew his audience in slowly. "You are going to be the first to know these very personal, intimate things about Dan Quayle," he said, pausing for dramatic effect. "I did in fact eat graham crackers, drink milk and take naps in kindergarten." The candidate grinned broadly as 1,300 members of the National Guard Enlisted Association exploded with laughter and applause. Quayle joked his way through other "confessions" before getting to his punch line: "Nearly 20 years ago, I had no reason to be ashamed of my service ((in the Indiana National Guard))....

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