Washington Post Columnist Richard Cohen’s Take On Huma Abedin’s Marriage Is Quite Awkward

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Fatimah Mazhar

Of all the numerous articles, blogs, op-eds, columns etc written on Huma Abedin and her decision to stay back in her marriage with Anthony Weiner aka Carlos Danger, Richard Cohen’s piece is by far the most personal one. 

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Of all the numerous articles, blogs, op-eds, columns etc written on Huma Abedin and her decision to stay back in her marriage with Anthony Weiner aka Carlos Danger, Richard Cohen’s piece is by far the most personal one.

Not because it focuses way too much on Weiner-Abedin but because it reveals quite a lot of personal information about the columnist’s own relationship with his wife, Linda.

Washington Post’s Richard Cohen writes in his piece:

Linda cheated on me. It happened the night before we were planning to go away for the weekend. In the morning I called her place, but there was no answer. I called again — and then again and again. Worried, I rushed over to her apartment and finding an open window, I climbed in. No one was home. Suddenly, her phone rang. It was my roommate, Neil, who knew where I had gone. Linda had just called, he told me knowingly. She said she had overslept. She said she was at home.”

So, yeah. It’s “really” “very” personal. As an analyst, Richard Cohen to compare his personal experiences with Huma Abedin’s decision appears a little too… awkward (maybe).

When Anthony Weiner admitted to lewd sexting last month, almost everyone was interested to know what Abedin had to say after that. This is what she said:

It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the choice that it was worth staying in this marriage….I didn’t know how it would work out, but I wanted to give it a try. Anthony’s made some horrible mistake. I love him, I trust him, I believe in him.”

Richard Cohen later tries to explain the same feelings when he revealed that his wife Linda had also cheated on him and he forgave her:

I had always known precisely how I would react if she cheated on me. The relationship would end, swiftly, coldly, even sneeringly. My goodbye lines would be scathing, worthy of someone intending to make his living with words. But when she cried, when she begged, when she — let’s be honest here — looked so damned good, I wanted only to remain with this woman. Her betrayal was in the past. A whole future lay ahead. It could be wonderful. It turned out I valued Linda more than I was appalled by her infidelity.”

Maybe Cohen needs to read a bit more about the Huma Abedin and Hilary Clinton connection. Maybe then he would know more why Abedin decided to stay back with Weiner. Also, he needs to (or anyone for that matter) avoid adding overly personal accounts into his writings. Just saying.

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