I don’t know what strange alternate dimension Richard Cohen’s been dispatching his columns from recently, but let’s be charitable and assume that he lacks the capability to do a Google from there. That, after all, is the only possible explanation for his latest work.
Look, we’ve been through this song and dance a million times, and I’m not going to do it again. Cohen’s argument would be tired and clichéd if it hadn’t already been thoroughly rebutted months ago. Correcting pundits who claim Obama’s more of a waffler than McCain? It’s been done. Shutting those same pundits down when they claim Obama has no legislative accomplishments? Again, it’s been done.
As for Cohen’s argument that we can’t be sure if Obama’s early opposition to the Iraq War was politically motivated or not whereas we can magically peer into McCain’s head and see that he always votes his conscience; and as for the strange, Cohen-esque touch of referencing Gunga Din for some ungodly reason; well, I’ll just let those two stand on their own merits. At least they’re somewhat original.