On Richard Cohen’s Gag Reflex

What the–?

Mr. Cohen’s column today centers on the prospects that various Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination may have in the Iowa caucus. Iowa, Cohen notes, is a conservative state, which may pose a challenge for Republicans perceived as moderate.

Then, out of nowhere, comes this paragraph, which we have bolded for ease of reading:

Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, 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. 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?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.

I… I… think, perhaps, that even in the most generous of interpretations, that could have been… more clearly stated?

Richard Cohen, professional newspaper columnist, knows exactly how “conservatives” with “conventional views” feel about interracial couples: sick to their god damn stomachs. Don’t even get Richard Cohen started on lesbians.

Note that, to give Cohen’s column “the most generous of interpretations,” one must accept that a newspaper reporter and columnist of almost 50 years experience, a man who has somehow been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize on multiple occasions, someone who literally makes the creation and organization of the written word his regular job, can’t express the idea that lots of Republican voters are uncomfortable with modern culture without unintentionally (remember, this is the most generous interpretation) suggesting that interracial couples and their biracial children make “conventional” folks gag. Cohen wrote this thing in the year 2013, when, by the way, he’s wrong. Cohen did not write this for The Onion. He’s either a racist (SPOILER: he is) and/or he’s no longer capable of conveying his thoughts in a coherent manner. Not much room for other interpretations here.

Rumors are flying that Amazon has cut another deal with the US Postal Service to ship Cohen, on a Sunday, to Someplace Else, preferably a barge in the middle of the Pacific Ocean or something.


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