Once upon a time there were two young men who were both born into well-to-do families with highly developed political connections. The two young fellows went off to college and duly earned advanced degrees. Both went into politics at any early age and zoomed quickly to the top because of all their insider connections and the aid of wise advisers.
One of the young men started off his political career being pro-life in Tennessee, but he soon realized that to rise higher in Democrat Party politics that wouldn't do. He quickly switched to pro-choice and such was the power of his family name that the voters of his state didn't even seem to notice. The liberal media began to praise him for his brilliance in nearly everything. He rose to Veep.
The other young man the mainstream media did not like at all, even though he also became vice president of the USA. One day he walked innocently into a classroom to do a little TV spot and what do you know, the teacher had spelled the word potatos on a flash card and the young man assumed that must be right. His career was suddenly over.
You might think that a man who gets bushwhacked and his career ruined by an ideological tag-team of drive-by haters would become bitter and maybe his personal life would suffer. That did not happen with the young man who had once been Veep of the whole nation. He went quietly into private life, raised his children, and stayed with his lovely and very intelligent wife.
The other veep, the one the mainstream media congratulated and touted non-stop for being so very, very intelligent (and Gee, he also had a spectacular wife and it was such a love story) well, gosh, maybe he just started making choices that revealed he was not actually so smart after all. A really diligent historian might realize that this guy also had a startling number of gaffes and saying really dumb things in public, but somehow he was considered so smart by the media types that they never, never, never reported anything whatsoever which made him look dumb.
And these two inter-locked stories of Veep intelligence and the shaping of political images by the snotty cosmopolitan class of folks who used to be able to get away with any propaganda trick they wanted, brings us to today's example par excellance of Veep as intellectual super-hero, Mr. Joe Biden.