September 3, 2008

IT'S DAN QUAYLE'S AMERICA:

An evolving GOP approach to family values? (TED ANTHONY, 9/03/08, AP)

Dan Quayle struck a nerve in 1992 when he went after the TV series "Murphy Brown" by saying its depiction of a single mother was irresponsible and set a bad example for America. The Republican vice president said the fictional character was "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another 'lifestyle choice.'"

The ensuing brouhaha helped Republicans sharpen a "family values" agenda that appealed to the Christian right and carried the party through a half-dozen congressional elections. Contrast that with the GOP reaction to news that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's unmarried 17-year-old daughter was pregnant.


Given that young Ms Palin is rejecting the Murphy Brown--and, more significantly, the Mary Tyler Moore--option, mightn't we say that Dan Quayle won the culture war? It's not the GOP that's evolving but the country that's devolving back towards the moral majority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 3, 2008 8:31 AM
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