Cohen's latest is typically unfocused and incoherent, circling around at one point to the subject of the Republican Party and race. The state of the GOP in Iowa "suggests ... the Dixiecrats of old." But don't worry! "Today’s GOP is not racist." It suggests a breakaway third party formed to preserve segregation, but it's not racist. Okaaaay, let's see where he's going with this ... "but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde." Hmmm. The first item on that list is often a cover for racism, the second item is all about race, and you might think the fourth was about LGBT rights right up until you read Cohen's next sentence:
People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)No, really. Richard Cohen was paid by the Washington Post to write those words. To claim that gagging at the sight of a white man and a black woman married with two children is an expression of "conventional views." In fact:
By the way, if you're curious, the core message of the column, as Cohen apparently intended it? Something about Chris Christie. Yeah, I don't understand it either.