Dan Quayle was done in at an elementary school in Trenton, NJ when he misspelled the word “potato.” Sarah Palin just had her potato moment, when she incorrectly responded to a third grader’s question about the vice president’s responsibilities.
Palin, to her cheneyesque credit, told the third grader, that the vice president is “in charge of the senate,” a blatant lie or a statement of some serious ignorance. At least Dan Quayle’s credulity was not a question. He seriously believed you spell it “potatoe.” Quayle may have misled young children but he did so without malice.
I think Palin is misleading children with malice, which is worse. She must know by now, because she made this mistake before, that the VP, as president of the senate, has one responsibility, which is to break a tie in voting. Surely she knows she cannot “get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes.” She knows the VP has no legislative responsibilities in the senate.
Surely she knows she is lying here, for ideology’s (neocon/unitary exec. theory) sake (and B-T-W, since she mentioned Piper in her answer let me just say I hope Piper is not being home schooled).
I guess it takes a Palin to wax nostalgic about Dan Quayle.