Poor Richard Cohen. That ‘great and noble’ Party he has spent years pinning his hopes and dreams upon has truly let him down. What hast Hillary & Obama wrought? Why, a “campaign to hate” which he finds to be “frightening”:
So I see little to be happy about, little that pleases my jaundiced eye. Yes, voter participation is way up and in the end, the Democrats will choose a woman or an African American and, to invoke that tiresome phrase, history will be made. But this messy nominating process has eroded the standing of both candidates. It has highlighted the reality that racism still runs deep and that misogyny, although more imagined than real, is not yet a wholly spent force. This is an ugly porridge that has been placed before us, turned rancid since the cold, pristine days of Iowa only five months ago. We were, with apologies to Bob Dylan, so much younger then. (Washington Post)
He even invoked the ‘Venerable Bard’ in this criticism of his fellow Democrats. Ouch. This is what happens, Richard, when you invest everything in identity politics instead of quality of character. The latter is about far more than just whether your candidate is a ‘nice guy’, looks good on TV or even speaks well. What this whole mess quite clearly demonstrates is the truth of why style over substance is usually a bad prospect in choosing one’s leaders.
— John (Average Gay Joe)