"You are no Jack Kennedy."And with that, Lloyd Bentsen delivered one of the all-time great verbal backhands, in politics or any other arena.
It was 1988, the vice presidential debate, and the exchange with slapee Dan Quayle went like this:
Potatoe: "I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency."
Lloyd: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy."
It's a good thing Lloyd is remembered for that and his 28 noble years of service in the Senate, rather than the lashing he and Mike "The Tank" Dukakis took in '88. But it wasn't Lloyd's fault, he did all he could.
Lloyd passed away today at the age of 85. But his legacy of having the greatest one-liner in the history of political TV will live on much, much longer.
Video to come...