Afternoon Fix: Dan Quayle endorsing Mitt Romney

Dan Quayle picks Romney, Phyllis Schlafly picks Michele Bachmann, Democrats win in Colorado and Ron Paul is rolling.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former Vice President Dan Quayle is planning to endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney Tuesday afternoon in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The endorsement isn’t likely to sway many votes, given that the ex-veep has barely been on the political scene in the past decade. Quayle’s son, Ben Quayle, is holds a congressional seat in Arizona.

* Social conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has endorsed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for president and is urging caucus-goers to support her. A long-time foe of feminism, Schlafly is best known for helping defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. She campaigned in Iowa for Steve Forbes in the 2000 primary.

* In Iowa today, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum argued that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich didn’t actually do much after he took over the House. “The Contract with America gets all the praise, but candidly, the Contract with America didn’t even exist until about eight weeks before the election,” he said. “Unfortunately, you know, Republicans got in and weren’t able to make the kind of big changes, other than one I was involved with, which is welfare reform.”

* The brother-in-law of Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) has been convicted on racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, and other charges as part of his role running in online gambling business. Daniel Eremian’s sister Patrice is married to Tierney; Republicans have done everything they can to tie the congressman’s wife to the scandal.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* New Gallup polling shows Gingrich as the most acceptable presidential nominee to Republicans. Sixty-two percent of respondents called him “acceptable.” Romney comes in second with 54 percent. No one else gets a majority. The Plum Line points out that even moderate and liberal Republicans are almost as likely to accept Gingrich as Romney, while tea party and conservative Republicans are far more likely to accept Gingrich.

* Democrats have won the redistricting battle in Colorado. The state Supreme Court sided with a lower court judge and picked a competitive Democrats’ congressional map over a Republican map that protected current lines.

* White House adviser Phil Schiliro, who helped shepherd most of Obama’s major legislation through Congress, is stepping down at the end of the year. Schiliro has worked for Obama since the 2008 transition; before he became a special adviser to the president he was director of legislative affairs.

* In a new ad that the campaign describes as “fun and energetic,” Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) dismisses other Republicans as ‘whimpering like little shih tzus” when it comes to real budget cuts. The ad touts Paul’s plan to eliminate five Cabinet-level agencies. “Later bureaucrats. That's how Ron Paul rolls,” the narrator says as a giant truck rolls across the screen. The ad bears more than a passing resemblance to a series of Ford F-150 ads narrated by Dennis Leary.

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Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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