Dan Quayle’s in-flight reading gone to pot


Dan Quayle and George Bush at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans. (J. Scott Applewhite/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Our evidence? A Loop fan spied Quayle on a Wednesday morning flight to Fort Worth.. Seated in first class (natch), the former Veep was using a Kindle--and his choice of reading material was, of course, the Loop. Our witness says he was absorbed in our item about Mitt Romney’s chance to woo Ron Paul voters by championing marijuana legalization. We hope he enjoyed it.

After perusing our pot post, Quayle went on to read some heftier pieces, including the Financial Times --and, the witness said, he gave only a glance to Dick Armey’s piece in the Wall Street Journal titled “What do Republicans believe?”

We’re not sure if his reading list includes stoner bible High Times , but his choice of reading material made us recall those claims on the eve of the 1988 presidential election by Brett Kimberlin, a federal prisoner who said he sold pot to Quayle in the 1970s.

Quayle always denied the allegation--and there was never any evidence to support it--but as he well knows, you can’t spell “potatoe” without “pot.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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