Richard Cohen of the Washington Times believes "people with conventional views" have to "repress a gag reflex" when thinking about the de Blasio family. PHOTO: S&Q Silent March 2, CC License
Richard Cohen, columnist for the Washington Times, may be looking for work soon after penning this paragraph (emphasis added) in a column otherwise about how Iowa conservatives won’t like Chris Christie:
“Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. 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 paragraph only tangentially relates to the ones before and after it. Cohen’s column is more coherent if you simply remove that paragraph. It’s like he was trying really hard to write a column that was just about how Chris Christie won’t play well in Iowa, but he couldn’t stop thinking about how Bill de Blasio (and his ex-lesbian wife) must really rankle conservative evangelicals and then it just came pouring out.
And even that would have been okay, but then he pivots suddenly from talking about far right evangelical conservatives (the Ted Cruz crowd), to “people with conventional views.” People with conventional views got over interracial marriage a few decades ago. One of America’s great victories of the last half century is that racism is no longer okay among people with conventional views.
Yes, Richard Cohen, everything about Bill de Blasio would offend a far-right, racist evangelical, but from what I can tell, people with conventional views seem to like the guy.