innocuous gaffes) but this year he did something that might actually have saved the country.
When Mike Pence called him to consult about Donald Trump's efforts to have him nullify the Electoral College vote, Quayle said "nope". The former vice president told Pence he couldn’t throw out the election results in order to keep Trump in power. What a concept!
Here's one place to read all about it: "Dan Quayle Convinced Mike Pence To Ignore Trump’s Decertification Pleas"
As MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell said, "“Wow. Dan Quayle comes to the rescue of the republic.”
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
And, even worse (IMHO) it's just one of 50 such shows on view at the moment. The IMA (excuse me, "Newfields") should rue the day it let Charles Venable reset its focus.
Read the rest of his commentary here..
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 10:58 AM
Friday, July 2, 2021
In a column July 1, 2021, she writes: Pence's " balancing act is unlikely to mollify either the crazies who form the base of today’s GOP or anyone who spent four years observing Mike Pence. (It’s especially unlikely to endear him to Indiana voters, who found his preference for pontificating over governing during the prior four years very tiring)."
"Pence never had the respect of anyone other than a few naive fundamentalists."
You can read her whole column here.
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 9:05 PM
Monday, June 28, 2021
Hoosiers know he did it to avoid the ignoble result of losing his second bid for governor, but still it was a shock.
"Pence spends four years as the most servile, toadying, obsequious, fawning, head-nodding, yes-sirring, anything-you-say-boss vice president in history," he continues.
"For this, Trump rewards Pence by throwing him to a mob, which tried to hunt him down and hang him."
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 6:50 PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Thus sayeth Maxwell Anderson in a scathing takedown of the recently resigned IMA president, Charles Venable, on Artnet.com.
Anderson is hopeful of a reset: "by resuming a sane business model, the museum can return to its historic purpose and its obligations to the field at large."
Maxwell L. Anderson is president of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and was the Melvin & Bren Simon Director & CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art from 2006 to 2011.
Read the whole item here.
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 6:42 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Or, what did Charles Venable think he could get away with this time? Wasn't it bad enough that he priced the IMA out of reach for most people by switching from free admission to $18? Or that he walled off the grounds to all but paying customers? That he rebranded the historic art-focused institution as the content-free "Newfields"? Or that he discontinued the IMA's popular societies for horticulture, Asian art, etc.? That former associate curator Kelli Morgan, a Black woman who was hired to diversity the museum’s galleries, resigned last summer citing a toxic and discriminatory work environment?
He has to go and say outloud that the museum's core membership is white, and it requires a new person in management who will work to uphold that "traditional" ideal.
The fallout from that horrendously tone-deaf job description continues locally, nationally, and internationally. Newfields employees are on record opposing him. Community leaders have signed a petition against him. The New York Times has written about the fiasco, as has The Guardian.
Even Brian Payne, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, president of the Indianapolis Foundation, and visionary who created the Cultural Trail, has penned a letter opposing the initiative.
(The CICF, in contrast with the IMA, has as its mission "to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity."
Local business leaders must be in panic mode.
UPDATE Not one director or trustee of the IMA had the courage to sign this letter, issued in response today, 17 February 2021. The only good news? Venable is gone.
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 11:44 PM
Saturday, January 2, 2021
There's no need to curry favor with the soon-to-be-irrelevant president, and Braun will just look like a fool...a seditious fool who hasn't read the U.S. Constitution.
As CNN put it, "the objection from President Donald Trump's Republican allies has virtually zero chance of changing the election outcome, only to delay for a few hours the inevitable affirmation of Biden's victory as the Electoral College winner and the next president."
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 10:55 PM