Sen. Joe Biden’s remarks in Springfield yesterday were a preview of
what the campaign trail is going to be like for the next couple of
months. It will be more lively, for one thing.

And according to Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, more lively.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack
Obama’s choice for running mate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, used the word
“literally” literally eight times in his speech Saturday afternoon,
suggesting we’re in for a metaphorical deluge of misuses of “literally”
this campaign season.

Among other misuses, rhetorically speaking.

And Biden is not literally a gaffe machine, though his
propensity to speak without fully thinking things through or without 
running his words by an editor ought to prove entertaining and,
occasionally, quite invigorating.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....