The Vice Presidency: Agnew's Pungent Quotient

He likes to call them his "pithies and pungents," the zinging denunciations of Administration critics that have made him headlines off and on since he assailed "an effete corps of impudent snobs" in a New Orleans speech last October. He has since blasted away at "the whole damn zoo" of young radicals, scoffed at "tomentose exhibitionists who provoke more derision than fear," damned "the didactic inadequacies of the garrulous" and proclaimed that "abetting the merchants of hate are the parasites of passion." Vice President Spiro Agnew concedes that there are hazards in using "intemperate language," but he insists: "If...

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