The role of Vice President—high visibility, low responsibility—seems designed to produce gaffes. Even so, J. Danforth Quayle has distinguished himself. One minute he’s in Chile buying an anatomically correct peasant doll; next he’s telling a Phoenix audience, “If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
Jeff Yoder, 35, and Deborah Werksman, 32, are willing to run that risk. In the interests of documenting VP bleeps and blunders—remember Hawaii: “It’s part of the U.S. that’s an island…”?—the husband-and-wife writing team has begun publishing the Quayle Quarterly, a 16-page amalgam of “Qualaprops,” anecdotes and trivia (Quayle’s favorite movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). The $12-a-year magazine now boasts 5,500 subscribers, including Sen. Paul Simon and economist John Kenneth Galbraith.
Although Democrats, Werksman and Yoder claim they have no ideological axes to grind. “We don’t take cheap shots,” says Werksman. Her husband, a computer software designer, agrees. In fact, when asked to list the Vice President’s strengths, he doesn’t hesitate. “His strong point,” says Yoder, “is his golf handicap.” There are no plans to go monthly. “A quarterly,” adds Yoder, “is as often as people want to read about him.”