No grapes for Richard Cohen
September 16, 2008

Sure, to borrow a phrase from Josh Marshall, he’s off the tire swing, but I’m going to resist the urge to pat him on the head for today’s column. Coming around to a dim awareness of reality is good, but when you package it in the same silly platitudes that we’ve come to know and love from you, then it makes us wonder how much you’ve actually learned.

McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains — his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, that’s all — but just as honorably. No more, though.

What I want out of this election isn’t for the pundits to acknowledge McCain’s lies – that’s a side effect of what I really want, which is columnists and commentators who actually have a sense of perspective and are capable of rational thought. I mean, that should be a prerequisite for the job, right? So far, the response we’ve been hearing from the press about McCain’s myriad falsehoods has seemed more about the way McCain has personally affronted them through his open contempt than a newfound love for actual journalism. Unless that congeals until anything more substantive, I’m going to hold off on the champagne.


Cohen at his Cohenest
August 25, 2008

From the Politico:

“I used to get a lot more on the right,” said columnist Richard Cohen, who broke with liberals when he supported the Iraq war. More recently, the left has picked apart columns that are perceived as being favorable to John McCain.

“If you’re a little bit critical of Barack Obama, you get really a pie of vilification right in the face,” Cohen said, adding that his liberal critics “were born too late, because they would have been great communists.”

Oh no! Not the pie of vilification! (I hear it deals +1 fire damage.)

Here’s some interesting subtext for ya: Apparently what unites potential Comrades isn’t a hatred of capitalism, but the fact that they mock Richard Cohen. I bet they’re all thin-skinned narcissists, too.

At least he’s not going on about tattoos again
July 29, 2008

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.

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