Richard Cohen Hates the Hate
WaPo’s Richard Cohen has “come to loathe the campaign.” Most notably:
I loathe above all the resurgence of racism — or maybe it is merely my appreciation of the fact that it is wider and deeper than I thought.
He’s shocked that people admit to race being a consideration in the Obama-Clinton campaign. Why a veteran observer of human events is surprised by this, I don’t know, but one understands at least his sadness over the fact.
The troubling thing, though, is that his “appreciation of facts” is weak pretty much across the board. He goes on to lament a whole series of developments that, like race as a factor in the human experience, should have been pretty obvious to him well before this campaign cycle.
These are the things that sadden Cohen:
- Hillary Clinton’s “incessant exaggerations, the cheap shots, the flights into hallucinatory history” and the fact that she’s “managed to come across as a hungry hack, a Janus looking both forward and backward and seeming to stand for nothing except winning.”
- Bill Clinton is Bill Clinton.
- The press’ “incessant blogging and commenting and talking and yapping and hype.”
- There’s some possibility that a Democrat won’t win the presidency.
Where has this man been?