s famous plagiarism scandal, in which he paraphrased a speech by British leftist politician Neil Kinnock,
is described, and somewhat minimized here
, in a chapter of The Appearance of Impropriety
. [By Glenn Reynolds and Peter Morgan] (A good book, the point of which is that many people spend so much time looking for the appearance of impropriety that they ignore the real thing.)
But Biden didn`t just plagiarize Kinnocks`s speech, he plagiarized his life
. Kinnock may have been the first person in his family in "a thousand generations"
to attend college
—Biden, who used exactly the same phrase, wasn`t
. The same with Kinnock`s coal-mining Welsh ancestors. Biden switched that to coal-mining Northeast Pennsylvania ancestors, for the sake of plausibility, but he didn`t have any coal mining ancestors in Pennsylvania either.
Biden also plagiarized
Bobby Kennedy`s speeches, although at no time did he claim
that his martyred brother
had been President of Pennsylvania.
All this is by way of mentioning that when I was discussing the Biden pick with a more or less liberal friend the other day, I brought this up, and he said "I`m sure he`s learned by his experience,"
and I said "Really? Are you sure he didn`t learn by someone else`s experience?" [
this whole post, except for the last paragraph, is based on ideas and facts developed by Ann Coulter, Jeffrey Lord, David Greenberg of Slate
, and (believe it or not) Maureen Dowd, all linked above. But not Mickey Kaus, who has a separate complaint
about Biden. ]