Who is overwrought here?

Joe Biden wants to punch him out but Jill Biden says nope.

“That was such a surprise,” she told CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Thursday, seated next to her husband, Joe Biden. “It was really the tone of it … He called me ‘kiddo’. One of the things that I’m most proud of is my doctorate. I mean, I worked so hard for it.”

Why did he call her “kiddo”? It seems so over the top – like caricaturing his own caricature. The whole thing was facetious, but it’s that kind of facetious that is just a phony pretense of not really being insulting because aw come on aincha got no sense of humor? Jokey-insulting. So why kiddo? I haven’t been able to figure it out. Maybe it’s just because he couldn’t resist another level of belittling.

Writing for the Journal, Joseph Epstein, a former adjunct professor at Northwestern University, suggested her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware did not entitle her to use the honorific “Dr”, as she was not medically qualified. Her use of “Dr” therefore “feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic”, he wrote.

Unfortunately Martin Pengelly forgets to point out that Epstein has no graduate degrees, which makes it a little odd that he taught at Northwestern even as an adjunct.

Jill Biden of course does have the right to call herself “Dr” while Epstein does not.

The column met with widespread outrage and accusations of sexism, as well as delight in the apparent hypocrisy of many attendant rightwing attacks. The Journal’s editorial page editor defended the column, calling its critics “overwrought”.

Oh please. The column was at best rude and utterly gratuitous as well as sexist.

Colbert asked the president-elect if the column had made him want to stand up for his wife, “to like get out the pool chain and go full Corn Pop on these people”.

That was a reference to remarks for which he was criticised in the Democratic primary, when he reminisced about facing down a bully at a pool in the Delaware of his youth.

The president-elect seemed tempted, but Dr Biden said: “The answer is no.”

He said: “I’ve been suppressing my Irishness for a long time.”

Joseph Epstein needs to suppress his whatever the fuck that was.

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