This morning’s gem from Vice President Joe Biden is his declaration that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is a “leading legal scholar.” It just goes to show that you can do great thing if you believe “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”
Just for the record, I wrote a column bemoaning Franken’s instant domination of the Democratic primary over humanitarian and Nobel Prize winner Peter Agre as a sign of what is wrong with our political process. Franken wrote in response that I was suggesting the end of life as we know it.
Franken is clearly smart and has proven a leader on many issues. However, Biden’s tendency to use superlatives where mere adjectives would do has become rather pathological.