No, Dr. Jill Biden isn’t too educated

Illegitimate, unworthy, arrogant, whore. Like clockwork, a new Democratic administration faces a Republican party re-energized at the prospect of demonizing yet another Democratic woman and her husband.

It’s a process honed over thirty years of attacks against Bill and Hillary Clinton, and raised to an art form against Michelle and Barack Obama. Make the attack personal, and lie often, in order to best delegitimize.

That’s how Al Gore ended up a liar, John Kerry effete, Barack Obama a Muslim, and Joe Biden a senile old man who stole an election. And the women are an even juicier target. In the 1990s, Hillary Clinton was a commie lesbian murderer; then in 2016, she was a dishonest and “over-prepared” warmonger. And Elizabeth Warren was too focused on substance and inauthentic, while Kamala Harris was both too serious AND laughed too much.

And last, but never least, are the kids. Chelsea Clinton was a dog, Joe Biden’s son a thief, and the Obamas’ daughter a floozie.

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Which takes us to the Bidens. This week we learned, courtesy of the GOP mob, that First Lady -elect Dr. Jill Biden is an overeducated snob, and that incoming White House deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon is a foul-mouthed hussy. Biden outraged Republicans because she earned a PhD, and O’Malley Dillon because she called congressional Republicans “a bunch of fuckers” (though she said it in the context of arguing that working with Republicans was still a laudable goal).

The Republican noise machine was beyond verklempt. GOP members of Congress, who spent the last four years defending Trump’s foul-mouthed bigotry and boorishness, were suddenly the Miss Manners police, demanding that O’Malley Dillon apologize (which she did). But Dr. Jill Biden was their real prize. What better way to undermine the incoming President than to demonize his wife? But this time, they chose an odd source of criticism: her doctorate degree.

The incoming First Lady has a doctorate in education, and prefers to be called “Dr. Biden” in professional settings. It was bad enough, for the GOP, that Biden was an educated woman, but demanding recognition of that fact was a diploma too far. The re-education of Dr. Biden began with an piece in the Wall Street Journal, snidely written by Joseph Epstein:

Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the “Dr.” before your name? “Dr. Jill Biden ” sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic. Your degree is, I believe, an Ed.D., a doctor of education, earned at the University of Delaware through a dissertation with the unpromising title “Student Retention at the Community College Level: Meeting Students’ Needs.” A wise man once said that no one should call himself “Dr.” unless he has delivered a child. Think about it, Dr. Jill, and forthwith drop the doc.

Next up was Fox News, whose host called Dr. Biden “borderline illiterate”:

And not to be outdone, the National Review devoted their entire home page to attacking the incoming First Lady with seven articles questioning her education:

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CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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