Sunday, June 04, 2006
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas Dies
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen passed away at age 85. Democrats and Republicans alike will remember him as a distinguished and honorable man that was also Mike Dukakis' running mate in 1988. He was also a success in business and a success in life. He was someone that people on both sides of the aisle sought for advice and help.
Sen. Bentsen was perhaps the lone bright spot of the Dukakis campaign that ultimately lost in a landslide. He totally outclassed his opponent, Dan Quayle, in the vice presidential debate. The youthful Quayle repeatedly compared himself to Jack Kennedy (JFK). After hearing about that several times, Sen. Bentsen had had enough. And he turned to Quayle and said, "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
Bush and Quayle may have won the election. But even they understood what a figure in politics that Sen. Bentsen was. And they, like everyone else, respected him.