I was going to leave Richard Cohen alone: Gawker, LG&M, Dr. Black, etc. etc. all covered him. There’s nothing to say that Katherine Weymouth didn’t already, save possibly that I’m thinking of burning all my non-existent copies of Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” in effigy.
But I can’t resist coming out of what appears to be a blogging hiatus to hit the highlights:
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?)
All right, there are no highlights. But some of those praises seem familiar:
a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children
requires only a small edit
a white man married to a [non-white] woman and with [three] biracial children
to produce the brother of a former Republican Presidential candidate–not to mention the son of another Republican who rose rather high in the Party and the Country.
Oh, and the piece is all about (to quote the illiterate Relative of Tina: “why Cruz beats Christie in iowa.”
Iowa? You mean, the first state not on the East Coast to legalize same-sex marriage? That Iowa? (Maybe there’s another one that only uses a small “i” to start its name.)
And, of course, the coup de gracelessness:
Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?
The answer is probably “no”–The Washington Post clearly needed the editor to read this column before publishing–but since he did, isn’t that perfectly in keeping with Republican Party Declarations? (Update: Indeed, it’s one of the few Conservative benchmarks that Our Governor violated in the face of a certain override.)
In Richard Cohen’s world, Bill DeBlasio would cause Iowans to “repress a gag reflex.” In the real world, DeBlasio represents Iowa, the face of the Republican Party, and Republican precepts–all in the same two sentences that are supposed to show how evil New York is.
But I’m still burning “Fantasy” in effigy, even though the video was filmed at Rye Playland around the time I was living there: