It's considered a national disgrace that so few vote in our elections. But within our system, to vote is to give approval for a candidate you may not approve of.
Bush spoke to veterans. In defending Quayle, he said, "He did not go to Canada. He did not burn his draft card. And he damn sure did not burn the American flag!"
Bush, as always, was deceptive. He and all of his right-wingers know that those young men took courageous personal actions to make statements in terms of their beliefs. As with Henry David Thoreau, they were making a statement against what they believed to be wrong.
Quayle, however, was a hawk--he strongly supported the Vietnam War. Vocally, Bush failed to say that Quayle did not put his body where his mouth was. Hypocrisy is the whole point.
The Times received 429 letters on Quayle's nomination; 294 were critical of his nomination, 112 supported him, and 23 took no stand.