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  • Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz: An awful choice between two tigers (Double Gigantic Barf)

    03/07/2016 6:48:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Daily News ^ | March 7, 2016 | Richard Cohen
    <p>A mong some people, the new parlor game is choosing who would make the worse President: Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. This is not a lady-or-the-tiger dilemma, but a tiger-or-tiger one. The choice is between a fiercely friendless reactionary and a bombastic, thoroughly dishonest egomaniac. You pick.</p>
  • Richard Cohen: Michelle Obama’s asinine attackers

    05/13/2015 12:10:17 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 40 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Monday, May 11, 2015 | Richard Cohen
    <p>Sometimes I think that Rush Limbaugh is the dumbest man in America. This happens whenever I take him at face value and forget that he is basically an entertainer with contempt for his audience.</p> <p>He will tell them anything. Last week, as if to validate my opinion of him, he went after Michelle Obama for playing the “race card” at the dedication of a museum in New York City. He described her as angry and complaining. The word he should have used was “right.”</p>
  • Poland’s overdue Holocaust education

    04/21/2015 4:10:39 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 141 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Monday, April 20, 2015 | Richard Cohen
    <p>In the category of “no good deed goes unpunished,” we now have the speech of FBI Director James Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He said some remarkable things. The first is that he requires all his agents and analysts to visit the museum so that they can acquaint themselves with evil. The second is that he personally is so “haunted” by the Holocaust that “it has long stood as a stumbling block to faith.”</p>
  • Obama quietly hands out names of Muslim leaders he met with privately

    02/06/2015 9:49:49 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 40 replies ^ | February 6, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    The White House has finally divulged the names of American Muslim leaders who met with President Obama this week, including Imam Mohamed Magid, who has advised the administration on formulating responses to incidents that Islamists consider offensive. After stonewalling journalists for two days about the names of the participants at the meeting Wednesday, the White House quietly attached the list of attendees to the end of its daily press briefing transcript Thursday evening. The guest list identified Imam Magid as a representative of the Adams Center, a large mosque in Sterling, Virginia. He has also served as president of the...
  • Netanyahu’s contempt for President Obama

    01/27/2015 11:38:13 AM PST · by KingofZion · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Richard Cohen
    It would not surprise me if, at the next Republican National Convention, Benjamin Netanyahu took a seat in the delegates-from-abroad section. The Israeli leader has both allied and associated himself with congressional Republicans who differ with President Obama over whether to impose additional sanctions on Iran and who also — let’s not beat around the bush — hate his guts. Their foreign policy is actually a domestic one: to destroy the president. Whether this is political or personal — or a combination of the two — is beside the point. Whatever the case, when Netanyahu accepted John Boehner’s invitation to...
  • Richard Cohen: Conservatives Will Buy Anything [Ed Klein's Book is one example]

    07/15/2014 6:34:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 07/15/2014 | Richard Cohen
    They had a term for her, but I've forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. "I'll buy whatever you're selling," she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything. The current evidence for this is Edward Klein's latest book, "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas." It has just jumped over...
  • Richard Cohen: The GOP’s unhinged Benghazi fixation

    05/13/2014 1:22:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/13/2014 | Richard Cohen
    Tuning the car radio some weeks back, I heard the President denounced as a moron. I was shocked. I had reached some right-wing talker and he was carrying on about something Barack Obama had recently said — that he worries more about a nuclear attack on New York than he does about Russia. The radio guy declared that the president had given terrorists an idea. He apparently forgot that the notion of attacking New York had already occurred to them. -SNIP- I feel about the GOP as I do about the religion of others: I don’t get it. -SNIP- No...
  • Christie’s tea-party problem (Mind-numbingly wrong)

    12/15/2013 2:50:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    The day after Chris Christie, the cuddly moderate conservative, won a landslide reelection as the Republican governor of Democratic New Jersey, I took the Internet Express out to Iowa, surveying its various newspapers, blogs and such to see how he might do in the GOP caucuses, won last time by Rick Santorum, neither cuddly nor moderate. Superstorm Sandy put Christie on the map. The winter snows of Iowa could bury him. From a Web site called the Iowa Republican, I learned that part of the problem with John McCain and Mitt Romney, seriatim losers to Barack Obama, “is they were...
  • Playing the Race Card—Again

    11/18/2013 4:17:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 18, 2013 | Roger Kaplan
    Another stupid media controversy, this one touched off by a characteristically stupid column by the Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, not known for the density of his gray matter. The Post man, sort of the epitome of what used to be called bleeding-heart liberals, suggested “conventional” Americans “gag” when they see an inter-racial couple. He was supposed to be writing about the new mayor of New York and his wife. In fact, he was writing about himself and his ilk. The Washington media went into navel-contemplation exercises for several days following and revealed the startling fact that they have no...
  • Richard Cohen Insists That the Tea Party Hates Race-Mixing

    11/13/2013 7:49:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Slate ^ | November 13, 2013 | David Weigel
    I've tried my level damndest to ignore the latest Richard Cohen column controversy, because life is short and Cohen will stumble into another racial contretemps within six weeks or so. And I don't like the idea of a columnist being Mau-Mau'd out of a job because he's a casual bigot. The smarmy-sounding Fred Hiatt defense—that Cohen "isn’t afraid to take on subjects where culture and politics and emotion overlap"—isn't entirely wrong. Past-their-prime white guys have opinions, too. No, the problem with Cohen's column was that he made an assertion about an entire class of people being racist, and did no...
  • WaPo Pundit Who Falsely Accused Tea Party of Racism, is Falsely Accused of Racism

    11/13/2013 9:33:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/13/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Poor Richard Cohen. He was just trying to accuse the Tea Party of being a bunch of racists when he ended up being accused of racism.Writing about “Christie’s Tea Party Problem”, another one of those boring “Christie would be a great candidate but the radical right wing won’t let him” that once he becomes the candidate will transition predictably to “Christie used to be moderate, but he became a right-wing nut job to appeal to the Tea Party”, Richard threw in the usual stuff.1. Palin is illiterate2. Ted Cruz and his dad are bigots who hate gay people3. The Tea...
  • Richard Cohen and a Plate Glass Window (Attacked Palin, Cruz, etc and went too far)

    11/12/2013 10:34:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | November 12, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    It probably seemed like a good idea: Trash Iowa, trash the Tea Party — an easy day’s work for a Washington Post columnist, and hey, why not throw in a cheap shot at Sarah Palin for good measure? . . . Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah (considered to the right of Cruz, if such a thing is possible), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the party’s recent vice presidential candidate and its resident abacus, and the inevitable Sarah Palin, the Alaska quitter who, I think, actually now lives in Arizona. If this...
  • Lib columnist Richard Cohen called racist over Zimmerman article

    07/16/2013 5:10:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | July 16, 2013
    Columnist Richard Cohen is not a friend of conservatives (see past articles posted at FR). However, he did write an article in the WaPO, see Racism vs. reality (posted here today) that was pretty balanced. Needless to say, the rest of the left is not pleased with their colleague. Yes, Richard Cohen is now a racist. Elspeth Reeve of The Atlantic and Tom Scocca of Gawker have chimed in. There have been others as well. Meanwhile, WaPo is standing by Cohen for now. Will the Post end up firing Cohen? Will this experience wise Cohen up to his leftist brethren?
  • What FDR said about Jews in private

    04/07/2013 8:00:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 111 replies
    L.A. Touches ^ | 4/7/13 | Rafael Medoff
    In May 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the White House. It was 17 months after Pearl Harbor and a little more than a year before D-Day. The two Allied leaders reviewed the war effort to date and exchanged thoughts on their plans for the postwar era. At one point in the discussion, FDR offered what he called "the best way to settle the Jewish question." Vice President Henry Wallace, who noted the conversation in his diary, said Roosevelt spoke approvingly of a plan (recommended by geographer and Johns Hopkins University President Isaiah Bowman)...
  • Expert: Holocaust Camps are Falling Apart

    04/07/2013 1:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 4/7/2013, 9:43 AM | Maayana Miskin
    Many of the Nazi camps in Europe are falling apart, an expert has warned in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day. Florence Eizenberg, who is finishing a doctorate on the topic of Holocaust denial, said that the camps, which provide valuable testimony to Nazi war crimes, are in poor condition. Eizenberg visited camps across Europe as part of her research. …
  • Obama, FDR and Zionism

    04/07/2013 5:27:14 AM PDT · by fso301 · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2013 | Rafael Medoff
    Today it is more clear than ever why Niles doubted FDR genuinely supported Zionism. President Barack Obama has spoken of his deep admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his desire to emulate FDR’s leadership style. But in the wake of the discovery of new documents detailing FDR’s behind-the-scenes coldness regarding the creation of a Jewish state, many Israelis will be hoping that sentiment does not extend to Roosevelt’s views on Zionism.
  • ‘FDR and the Jews,’ by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman

    04/05/2013 6:46:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2013 | DAVID OSHINSKY
    Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed the overwhelming support of American Jews during his presidency, and the reasons are clear. In his three-plus terms from 1933 to 1945, he led the war against Hitler, supported a Jewish homeland in Palestine... Starting in the 1960s, a flood of books appeared with self-evident titles like “No Haven for the Oppressed” and “While Six Million Died.” But the most influential account by far was David S. Wyman’s “Abandonment of the Jews,” published in 1984. Wyman considered numerous parties responsible for America’s tepid response to the Holocaust, including a badly divided Jewish community, a nest of virulent...
  • Author: FDR failed to save more Jews during Holocaust; ‘vision of what America should look like’

    04/05/2013 8:23:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:01 AM 04/04/2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    Historian Rafael Medoff says Franklin Delano Roosevelt failed to take relatively simple measures that would have saved significant numbers of Jews during the Holocaust, because his vision for America only encompassed having a small number of Jews. “In his private, unguarded moments, FDR repeatedly made unfriendly remarks about Jews, especially his belief that Jews were overrepresented in many professions and exercised too much influence and control on society,” Medoff told The Daily Caller in an email about his new book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.” “This prejudice helped shape his overall vision of what America should look...
  • The great moral failure of FDR

    03/12/2013 4:37:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 55 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, March 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    On April 12, 1945, my grandfather approached me as I played outside and asked where my mother was. He looked stricken, and so I quickly followed him inside and heard him say words that made my mother burst into tears: President Roosevelt had died. My mother’s grief and panic were so palpable — her brother was fighting in the Pacific, her brother-in-law was fighting in Europe — that it scared me. In our house, FDR was not merely the President. He was a god. He is a god no more. His New Deal is no longer solely credited with ending...
  • Richard Cohen Yearns for Obama to Be Like LBJ

    05/08/2012 3:01:59 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 8, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine President Barack Obama leaning hard into Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, pressing him to support a piece of legislation or, say, introduce a budget bill that has been MIA for the past three years. Obama is a real go getter and has been burning up the phone lines until late at night to convince legislators to support him. He even invites a number of people from Capitol Hill to join him for rounds of golf where he continues the art of persuasion. Hard to believe that fantasy? Well, that is what the Washington Post opinion writer Richard Cohen is...
  • Richard Cohen: Andrew Breitbart, a bomb-thrower without ideas (Ultra Spew Alert)

    03/05/2012 6:10:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2012 | Richard Cohen
    It is not nice to speak ill of the dead, my mother once told me. But it is okay, I think, to speak ill of those who praise the dead when the deceased was best known for sliming a well-intentioned and wholly commendable public servant or for exposing a politician who had already exposed himself. I am referring to Andrew Breitbart, whose passing was noted and mourned throughout the conservative firmament. His eulogies tell us more about the movement than they do about him. Almost immediately, conservative commentators let out a wail signifying the passing of one of their own....

    02/29/2012 6:58:18 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 48 replies · 4+ views ^ | February 28, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Why Santorum Scares the Left February 28, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, we have some headlines that are in the Drive-By Media today. Most of them are about Santorum and how out of touch he is and how what a wacko he is and what a creep, what a fanatic. I had 'em set aside. I'll just run through the headlines here.ABC: "New Lows Among Conservatives Mark Romney’s Popularity Problem."This is an ABC News/Washington Post poll on Romney's plummeting popularity with conservative Republicans. From the Right Scoop: "Santorum: Romney Uniquely Unqualified to Take on President Obama." From the National...
  • Rick Santorum, American mullah: His fundamentalist views are frightening

    02/27/2012 5:16:10 PM PST · by presidio9 · 67 replies · 1+ views
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, February 27, 2012 | Richard Cohen
    <p>He wants religion returned to “the public square,” is opposed to contraception, premarital sex and abortion under any circumstances, wants children educated in what amounts to little red schoolhouses and called President Obama a “snob” for extolling college or some other kind of post-high school education. This is not a political platform. It’s a fatwa.</p>
  • GOP must stand up to batty Michele Bachmann: She is not presidential material

    07/28/2011 10:23:33 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, July 26th 2011 | Richard Cohen
    <p>For a second, I could not believe my eyes. I saw a headline, or at least I thought I did, which went like this: "Pawlenty Questions Bachmann's Fitness." I rose out of my chair and exclaimed hallelujah, because here in the person of Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, was a Republican willing to say that Michele Bachmann was not qualified to be President; moreover, up to that very moment, not a single other Great Republican had been willing to say anything like this. But it was true, of course, it was true.</p>
  • The GOP goes to Jonestown: For Republicans, rigidity reigns (Pro-Life/Anti-Gov Death Cult?)

    07/05/2011 2:48:06 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, July 5th 2011 | Richard Cohen
    Someone ought to study the Republican Party. I am not referring to another political scientist but to a mental health professional, preferably a specialist in the power of obsessions. The GOP has become a cult. In order to become a Republican, one has to take a pledge. It is not enough to support the party, one has to first promise not to give the government another nickel. This is called the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," issued by Americans for Tax Reform, an organization headed by Grover Norquist. He once labeled the argument that an estate tax would only affect the very...
  • The Myth of American Exceptionalism (Lib Gargles on His Own Vomit Alert)

    05/10/2011 9:43:50 AM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 5/12/2011 | Richard Cohen
    The term "American exceptionalism" has been invoked by Mitt Romney, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and, of course, Sarah Palin. I would throw in Michele Bachmann, since if she has not said it yet, she soon will because she says almost anything. She is no exception to the cult of American exceptionalism. The phrase has an odd history. As Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz reminds me, American exceptionalism once applied to the hostility that the American worker -- virtually alone in the industrialized world -- had toward socialism. Now, though, it is infused with religious meaning, which...
  • The dangers of American exceptionalism: Richard Cohen's All-Time Dumbest Column?

    05/10/2011 8:13:40 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, May 10th 2011 | Richard Cohen
    "The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line," W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in 1903 - and I will not quibble. But the problem of the 21st century is the problem of culture, not just the infamous "culture of poverty" but what I would call the culture of smugness. The emblem of this culture is the term "American exceptionalism." It has been adopted by the right to mean that America, alone among the nations, is beloved of God. Maybe so, but on some days, it's hard to tell. The term "American exceptionalism" has been invoked by...
  • Pete King's hearings on radical Islam will fuel bigotry: This isn't worthy of Congress

    03/08/2011 1:14:41 PM PST · by presidio9 · 31 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 8th 2011 | Richard Cohen
    Unlike Moses Herzog, the eponymous character of Saul Bellow's novel "Herzog," I do not feverishly compose mad letters to public figures and sinister government agencies. But I often yell back at the TV set. This happened Sunday when Candy Crowley on CNN asked Rep. Pete King what his hearings into Muslim radicalism are really about. "Good luck, Candy," I yelled, having asked the same question of King's staff just the day before. Here, I am sure, is the answer: The hearings are about Pete King. King is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. On Thursday, he will inaugurate...
  • Palin, Pawlenty and the rest of the GOP's 2012 contenders: Dogma leaves no room for moderates

    01/25/2011 11:12:55 AM PST · by presidio9 · 32 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 25th 2011 | Richard Cohen
    <p>Herman Cain is thinking of running for President. I learned this from an article by Dan Balz, The Washington Post's chief political correspondent, so I know it's true. Cain is a Republican. He is the former chairman of Godfather's Pizza and calls himself "The Hermanator." If elected, he will be America's second African-American President, the second in a row, actually, and the first of any race to be named Herman. You can, as I have already done, look it up.</p>
  • It Was A Gun That Resulted In Six Deaths

    01/10/2011 5:41:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 10, 2011 | RICHARD COHEN
    I had a teacher in college who used to ask, Who discovered America? He would offer some choices. They were Amerigo Vespucci, Christopher Columbus or the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. The answer he wanted was the three ships with which eventually someone would have discovered the New World and without which everyone would have remained in Spain. It is no different with the tragedy in Tucson. Hate speech and madness were part of the mix, but it was the gun and our insane gun laws that resulted in six deaths. Until we come to grips with that,...
  • Richard Holbrooke has died

    12/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 234 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jack Tapper
    ABC News has learned that Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died. On Friday, Holbrooke was rushed to the hospital with a torn aorta. He went through more than 20 hours of surgery. Earlier this evening, speaking at the US State Department, President Obama sang Holbrooke's praises and called him "a tough son of a gun." Holbrooke, 69, was a former ambassador to the United Nations and served as chief negotiator at the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. The New Yorker's George Packer wrote a nice story about Holbrooke last year,...
  • Punish the leakers, spare the press: WikiLeaks ushers in scary new age of journalism

    12/07/2010 11:24:26 AM PST · by presidio9 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, December 7th 2010 | Richard Cohen
    The first WikiLeaks moment occurred on Jan. 17, 1998. It was then that Matt Drudge reported that Bill Clinton had had an affair with a White House intern. The story, though, was not Drudge's. It was Michael Isikoff's. His employer, Newsweek, had delayed publication. Drudge went with it - which is to say that he reported that Newsweek had the story. It took another four days for the so-called mainstream media to catch up. How late! How pitiful! Now we have The New York Times publishing the cache of documents it received not from WikiLeaks and its contemptible founder, Julian...
  • WikiLeaks doc show how George W. Bush's misguided Iraq War made Iran a bigger threat

    11/30/2010 12:07:00 PM PST · by presidio9 · 38 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, November 30th 2010, | Dick Cohen
    <p>Say what you want about WikiLeaks - and I don't much like what it has done - it nevertheless would be useful for its founder, Julian Assange, to follow George W. Bush as he lopes around the country, promoting his new book, "Decision Points." When, for instance, Bush attempts to justify the Iraq war by saying the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein, Assange could reach into his bag of leaked U.S. government cables and cite Saudi King Abdullah's private observation that the war had given Iraq to Iran as a "gift on a golden platter."</p>
  • Richard Cohen: Custodian Of The Blowtorch [Sarah has him frothing at the mouth!]

    11/01/2010 6:48:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 1, 2010 | Richard Cohen
    The mind of the demagogue is a foreign country. It has a strange culture, enemies that only the natives can see, a passion about the ridiculous and a blowtorch kind of sincerity that incinerates logical thinking. On Sunday, the custodian of one such blowtorch was on Fox News. I am speaking, of course, of Sarah Palin. She was charming, amusing and believable. When Chris Wallace asked her about any presidential ambitions, she did not coyly say that she had not given the matter any thought. Instead, she said that if her party needed her, if her country needed her, if...
  • On the right, hateful words are fired like bullets (...WaPo journalist loses his mind)

    10/05/2010 9:29:35 AM PDT · by Qbert · 78 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 10/5/2010 | Richard Cohen
    I still ride a bike. I do 12 miles, several days a week, and as I do so I listen to music -- the Pandora service on my iPhone. I have created a station that plays folk rock. Lately, it has repeatedly played the Neil Young song "Ohio": "What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?" On the bike, I have to repress a tear. "Ohio" has been around for 40 years, and I have heard it over and over again. It's about the 1970 killing of four students at Kent State University during a demonstration...
  • A Complexity, Reduced To Shame

    05/24/2010 4:23:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 372+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 24, 2010 | Leftwing lunatic RICHARD COHEN
    As a kid, an abiding fear, reinforced by movies and comic books, was that I would die on some foreign battlefield. I would become a casualty of the war that every generation of American men seemed destined to fight: World War I for our grandfathers and World War II for our fathers and Korea for our older brothers. Then came Vietnam, which is where many of my generation drew the line: "Hell no, we won't go," in the chant of the day. And I didn't. It turned out I didn't have to. Just luck. I enlisted in the storied 42nd...
  • When Palestinians celebrate terror, they reject peace

    03/16/2010 10:18:44 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 4 replies · 182+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 16th 2010 | Richard Cohen
    What can you say about a 19-year-old woman, pretty in the pictures, who participates in a terrorist attack in which 38 people, 13 of them children, are killed in cold blood? The answer, if the woman is Palestinian and the dead are Israelis, is "heroine" or "martyr" - and if she is Dalal Mughrabi, you name a school and a camp after her, and last week, a square in the West Bank town of El Bireh. It will be the fitting venue for those who furiously single out Israel for allegedly killing civilians in violation of all the rules of...
  • On health care, Obama knows conviction demands courage (gay lib writer Googles his favorite verb)

    03/09/2010 4:53:35 PM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 282+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 9th 2010 | Richard Cohen
    Googling to my heart's content on a recent eve, I decided to match "health care" with "ram" to see what would happen. What I got was about 9.8 million hits, some of them right on the nose and reflecting the current conservative meme that after more than a year, several votes, countless presidential speeches and having to look upon the face of Harry Reid some 10,000 times, the health care bill is being "rammed" through Congress - an absurdity that now has currency through sheer repetition. It is not exactly the renowned vaunted Big Lie, just a miserable little one....
  • The Sarah Palin we imagined: The truth is, she's a phony

    02/16/2010 5:50:33 PM PST · by presidio9 · 106 replies · 2,679+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, February 16th 2010 | Richard Cohen
    <p>It's possible that Sarah Palin's best quality is that she has none at all. She exists for both her friends and enemies as a fantasy figure. For the left, she is a harbinger of the hard-right government takeover they fear is coming. And for the right, she is the leader - all instinct and no sophistication - that they knew would someday lead America out of its current Socialist wilderness. The pity for them both is that in reality, not to mention the polls, she sorely disappoints.</p>
  • The GOP has found its patron saint in Sarah Palin (Gag me!)

    11/17/2009 4:49:29 AM PST · by IbJensen · 35 replies · 1,052+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | November 17, 2009 | Richard Cohen
    <p>I saw the other day that George W. Bush is raising money for his proposed policy institute at Southern Methodist University. I did some research and found out that there are something like 3,000 policy institutes, most of them hosting convocations about nothing much and issuing papers no one reads. I suggest, therefore, that Bush use his money to do something truly different and constructive - establish the Institute for the Study of Sarah Palin. My check is in the mail.</p>
  • Time for some Palintology

    11/17/2009 7:23:46 AM PST · by steve-b · 37 replies · 1,160+ views
    The Washington Pest ^ | 11/17/09 | Richard Cohen
    ...This is Palin Week--days of interviews relating to the publication of her book, "Going Rogue."... Someone will point out that she is even scheduled soon to go to Iowa--and you know what that means. On the other hand, someone else will point out that the very week Palin is promoting her book, the current president is abroad attending meetings in Asia, including a visit with our Chinese bankers. Could those who fault Barack Obama for being callow and inexperienced imagine Palin meeting with the Chinese or, for that matter, conducting a protracted policy review about Afghanistan? As for Pakistan, South...
  • Gen. McChrystal is outranked by the commander who wears no stars (Cohen abandons Afghan boycott)

    10/27/2009 4:45:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 1,182+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, October 27th 2009 | Richard Cohen
    <p>Years ago, I bought an old Time magazine - the issue with the 1965 Man of the Year on the cover. I kept it around to remind me both of the fallibility of men, and, even, of Time magazine. It was of Gen. William Westmoreland. He was the Vietnam era's Gen. Stanley McChrystal.</p>
  • Perfection may be President Obama's biggest flaw ("themes for a columnist ducking Afghanistan")

    10/20/2009 11:46:20 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 1,165+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, October 20th 2009 | Richard Cohen
    <p>If, as the saying goes, the perfect is the enemy of the good, then Barack Obama is his own worst enemy. That becomes clear in the upcoming HBO documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama," which is the product of many months of behind-the-scenes access to Obama during the presidential campaign. It reveals that Barack Obama is pretty close to the most perfect person you will never get to know.</p>
  • Richard Cohen: Sotomayor is good, but was she the best we could find? (reluctantly praises Scalia)

    07/22/2009 12:00:48 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 14 replies · 741+ views
    New York Daily ^ | Tuesday, July 21st 2009 | Richard Cohen
    <p>A political ad that lucky New Yorkers get to see on television begins with "A million lawyers in America" and goes on to wonder about certain no-bid contracts in nearby New Jersey that will not concern us today. But every time the ad runs, I cannot help thinking about Sonia Sotomayor: A million lawyers in America and Barack Obama chooses her for the Supreme Court.</p>
  • Delving into his legacy will offer President Bush some just deserts (BDS Special - Hold Your Nose)

    04/15/2009 1:33:25 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 8 replies · 419+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 14th 2009 | Richard Cohen
    <p>Former President George Bush and some of his White House aides are gathering in Dallas to plan the future George W. Bush Policy Institute. There, I guess, they will ponder grand themes and marble foyers, but I propose they begin by simply renaming the place. I suggest the "George W. Bush Institute of Management Failure" and dedicate it to studying how this presidency went so wrong - a task as big as Texas.</p>
  • Washington Post writer disses Jon Stewart, defends Jim Cramer

    03/19/2009 7:10:43 AM PDT · by slomark · 5 replies · 571+ views
    We love writers who are able to make connections that other people miss. Like Richard Cohen did in the Washington Post this week. What Jon Stewart needs is Jon Stewart. He could use a droll comedian to temper his ferocity and correct him when he’s wrong, as he was about the financial media, particularly CNBC and its excitable analyst Jim Cramer. They didn’t cover up the story of financial shenanigans. They didn’t even know it existed.We’ll leave it to you to read the heart of the opinion piece, but here’s how Cohen concludes: ...
  • Richard Cohen: Okay, So Bush Reads a Lot - He's Still an Idiot

    12/30/2008 6:44:28 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 32 replies · 924+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 30, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    You can't win with these guys. The smarter-than-everyone-else libs mock George W. Bush for 8 years as a syntax-twisting, moron cowboy. Now we find out that Bush is a prolific reader of histories, biographies, and classics. And Richard Cohen responds with an "Oh yeah, well I am still smarter" column. More . . .
  • Richard Cohen: Appoint 'Custodian of the Planet' Al Gore as Secretary of State

    11/11/2008 8:06:49 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 28 replies · 139+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 11, 2008 | P. J. Gladnick
    Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has taken a divorce from reality in recommending that Barack Obama appoint the "Custodian of the Planet," Al Gore, as Secretary of state. Cohen submits this proposal, along with other wacky ideas, in his latest column (emphasis mine): If there is a single appointment Barack Obama could make to signal how dramatically things will change in Washington, it would be to name Albert Gore Jr. -- former House member, former senator, former vice president, former presidential nominee and current Custodian of the Planet -- as secretary of state. For all the other aspirants to the...
  • WaPo's Cohen: Palin Pick Like Caligula Naming His Horse a Priest

    09/02/2008 6:30:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies · 170+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine the outrage in feminist circles if a conservative columnist had mockingly analogized a sitting Dem governor to an animal. But Richard Cohen has said as much of Sarah Palin. And I predict you won't hear a peep from the Kim Gandys or Naomi Wolffs of the world—much less from their allies in the MSM. Cohen begins his WaPo column of today by dismissing Palin as "a sitcom of a vice presidential choice and a disaster movie if she moves up to the presidency." After noting Newt's defense of her nomination, Cohen continues [emphasis added]: "It's a pity Gingrich was...
  • Known Unknowns About Obama

    07/29/2008 7:33:32 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 11 replies · 141+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7/29/08 | Richard Cohen
    "Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire," I asked a prominent Democrat. He paused and then said that he admired Obama's speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. I agreed. It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech. On the other hand, I continued, I could cite four or five actions -- not speeches -- that John McCain has taken that elicit my admiration, even my awe. First, of course, is his decision as a Vietnam War POW to refuse freedom out of concern that he would be exploited for...