In 1992, then-Vice President Dan Quayle corrected a kid’s spelling of the word “potato” on the chalkboard during a school visit, prompting the student to add an “e” to the end of the word. Thus did Quayle become the butt of jokes for weeks to come.
“It was more than a gaffe,” Quayle said in his memoirs, according to BuzzFeed. “It was a ‘defining moment’ of the worst imaginable kind. I can’t overstate how discouraging and exasperating the whole event was.”
We live in different times, and Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — powerful though she may indeed be — isn’t the vice president. Yet, a poorly spelled tweet in an attempt to own Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio over his attack on a Georgia senatorial candidate brings back memories of ol’ Dan — and makes us wonder whether a selectively amnesiac media will remember this one.