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Richard Cohen has a knack for making venom-spewing enemies out of people who should be his allies. On Tuesday, when The Washington Post columnist wrote about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s chances in the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses and took a detour to consider Bill de Blasio, New York City’s newly elected mayor, and his multiracial family:
“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.”
The baying for Cohen’s head on the Internet quickly ensued.
“I don’t understand it,” said the columnist, who lives in New York City. “What I was doing was expressing not my own views but those of extreme right-wing Republican tea party people. It’s a slander” to suggest otherwise. “This is just below the belt. It’s a purposeful misreading of what I wrote.”
He added, “I think it’s reprehensible to say that because you disagree with something that you should fire me. That’s what totalitarians do.”
He actually doesn't understand that political viewpoint transcends race. He is race baiting for his political party. That is all he is doing.
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I read this earlier and I too was shaking my head. A poignant reminder that there is too little empathy and too many self-righteous people presuming to know just how other people think. I read it twice and I still can't figure out a) what the hell he was trying to accomplish and b) what the hell his editor was thinking.
I think you've all got it wrong. He's not expressing his own views, but the views of someone else.
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I think you've all got it wrong. He's not expressing his own views, but the views of someone else. If he had written, "Members of the Westboro Church must repress a gag reflex...", his intended meaning would be clear.
None of which the Tea Party seem to have any interest in talking about or providing answers, because they have none.