America’s worst writer, Richard Cohen, strings together the saddest tale of all today in his important Washington Post newspaper column. Overarching topic: the Supreme Court. Pertinent issue: Affirmative Action. Protagonist: hard-working white firefighter. Antagonist: Negro race. “Punished” victim: all white people. Unimportant litmus tests: abortions, “unions.” Only important litmus test: getting hard-working white firefighter’s job back from Negroes. Person whose fault all of this is: Barack Obama. “Supremely irrelevant” factor in American society: race. Bittersweet music to play in background: “Colour My World.” Policy that Richard Cohen does not understand: Affirmative Action. [Washington Post]

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  1. Dear Post: You are losing money every quarter. Here is an idea to save money and boost subscriptions: lose Richard Cohen, Bill Kristol, and Dave Broder. (and, for that matter, Ruth Marcus. Just because you “need a chick”, doesn’t mean you just hire one who writes shit. There are a lot of actually talented and sane female writers out there). That must be a huge savings right there in salaries, plus, you would gain some subscribers who wouldn’t want to vomit upon perusing the editorial pages. As a bonus, you could hire some columnists who might have been born in the past 40 years.

    Sincerely, a reluctant suscriber who you are pissing off on a daily basis.

  2. So Cohen wants to see dyslexic firefighters get promoted? I hope they don’t transpose the numbers in his address when they come to put out the fire at his house.

  3. Huh. I always thought Cohen got his job through some kind of affirmative action. The paper had to meet it’s douchebag quota.

  4. Worst writer? I don’t know. There’s a lot of competition in that category. How about K Lo and Peggy, to say nothing of our beloved Kristol?

  5. I don’t get why there isn’t a better name for Affirmative Action. That name means nothing. “Good Doings”? Conservatards like to call it “reverse discrimination” but there is no reverse about it. It is good discrimination to make up for bad discrimination. Make-up discrimination? If Richard Cohen wants to make up for all the evil discrimination against the downtrodden white men of this country, more power to him.

  6. Won’t somebody please think of the white children?

    Richard, you don’t seem to get what affirmative action is. It’s not designed to punish racists; it’s to try and offset the effects of discrimination. It doesn’t matter if Mr. White Fireman doesn’t have a racist bone in his body; he’s still gotten unfair advantages because of his race throughout his life.

    Also, Mr. Cohen? Liberalism is not “a movement in which [you] hold a conditional membership” – as an actual liberal who has read your columns, calling yourself a liberal does not make you one. You may have been one in the distant past, but now you are a conservative, grumpy old man.

  7. And in a wonderful display of editorial irony, today the Washington Post announced that Richard Cohen is being replaced by Ken Blackwell.

  8. For most Americans, race has become supremely irrelevant. Everyone knows this. Every poll shows this. Maybe the Supreme Court will recognize this.

    I couldn’t imagine a more qualified bunch of people to rule on whether affirmative action isn’t needed than a group of seven old white guys and one black guy who got where he is due to affirmative action but who now opposes it and votes whichever way Antonin Scalia votes. Plus Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who the Republicans are hoping dies of cancer because she’s such a socialist.

  9. [re=308745]Come here a minute[/re]: [re=308746]JMP[/re]: You two are falling prey to that misapprehension that using facts and logic has an effect these days. Silly you.

  10. Cohen just wishes the blacks would go back to the jobs they used to do in the fire department, like being the guy who would run into a burning building to test to see if the fire was hot.

  11. ho ho, the first comment on his site is just precious:

    “you stinky mind. you will never get it and you are too old to learn any thing new.”

  12. Finally, a conservative who is willing to speak what we are all thinking and come out in favor of the abortion of black union members.

    [re=308729]freakishlystrong[/re]: The unicorn litmus test remains important.

  13. Heh. Come to the south, Richey. It’s raining waspy men down here. Jeff Boy Sessions’en em will learn you sumthin about that AyFirmutuv Ackshun, tell you that you’re a disgrace to your race and then beat the livin’ shit out of you.

  14. [re=308755]Doglessliberal[/re]: No, I just forgot that we can make racism (and sexism) over by just claiming that it’s so. Wee; it’s great living in magical colorblind happyland!

  15. [re=308763]Come here a minute[/re]: Certainly not me — I was too ecstatic to be crying. The next day, though…yes, a little.

    And they capitalized e. e. cummings’ name? That’s mildly blasphemous.

  16. [re=308726]Doglessliberal[/re]: Dogless, I cancelled the Post last year because I got so fed up with how it treated Bush as if he weren’t a complete idiot. I eventually resubscribed because they kept begging and offering it to me for 99 cents a week, and sometimes I want to check a movie listing. I suggest everyone do the same, if only to save themselves a lot of money.

  17. Apparently Cohen is pissed that they still haven’t enacted those Cartoon Yeti-American set-asides to benefit he and those of his noble, stop-motion, Himalayan ancestry.

    My favorite line is “For most Americans, race has become supremely irrelevant.” Race got nothing on you in the irrelevance department, Rich.

  18. [re=308737]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: The Post’s douchebag quota seems to be a percentage in the four or five figures.

  19. As far as I can tell, most fire departments are somewhere behind the Republican party in hiring one or two blacks out of fifty positions to at least make it look like they sort of care to appear non-racist.

  20. I think “Better Hummers and Trucknutz” has a larger subscription footprint than the WaPo, if you didn’t mention it, it probably would have gone down the memory hole without so much as a “swish”…
    Still, it is Richard Cohen and he does suck hard, but once you sandwich him between Fred Hiatt and Charles Krauthammer (and you’ll have to pry George Will out of that spot if you hope to get Richard in), his impressive suctitude gets lost in the general suck storm going on over there. I’m not even sure he’s sucking his contractually obligated 16.666% of the aggregate suctation of the Washington Post editorial board. In short, the little guy aint sucking enough to keep his sucking job, to which I can only comment, “that sucks”.

  21. [re=308832]Uncle Al[/re]: I just cannot go without an actual paper paper in the a.m., even though I have up all day long at work. I am an old-fashioned weirdo. Plus, the Metro coverage is pretty good.

  22. Umm, the playing field was already level. Everyone knows that Negroes can’t read -except from teleprompters, of course.

  23. [re=308745]Come here a minute[/re]: JFK coined the term as a way to to give teeth to the idealism of integration – basically saying that actual policy (affirmative action) is needed to end institutionalized racism. Thankfully though, institutionalized racism is only a problem for “the black firemen of yore.”

  24. Maybe once it was possible to argue that some innocent people had to suffer in the name of progress, but a glance at the White House strongly suggests that things have changed. For most Americans, race has become supremely irrelevant. Everyone knows this. Every poll shows this.

    Finally, thanks to Obama, the majority of Americans have realized that minorities don’t need protections. I think this makes McCain like some kind of white Jesus (He lost so we can all win).

  25. OH, damn it..I can’t resist..and my mojito is getting warm…but…

    McCAIN WHITE JESUS!!! Another for my collection…YeS!

  26. I cannot believe a firefighter anywhere is still making this argument. When my husband was an IAFF prez, he had to take cases up the appeals trail because, you know, that’s what the guys wanted. When they finally lost a SCOTUS case, one of the most vociferous of the bunch demanded, “Let’s appeal it!”.

    Bad luck? When they had to do a court case over AA for the wimen’s. The case was named after the first woman in the list, alphabetically. Bummer her last name was Beaver. True story. My husband had no idea until the woman who ran the office of women’s rights called in a screaming fit.

  27. People! I’m ashamed of you. Cohen is absolutely right.

    Because affirmative action does not produce the absolutely perfect outcome in each and every case, it MUST be scrapped. Otherwise, other white lysdectic firefighters will spend untold thousands on voice recordings of textbooks.

    This is insanity! Where in the Consitution does it say specifically that white dyslectic firemen must be passed over for promotion on account of not being black?!

  28. But affirmative action has been a problem at times in the US; just look at the stupid policy that used to require the Democratic Party to nominate the most right-wing southern male they could rather than the best candidate for the job.

  29. Richard Cohen will never be the worst writer in America until he kills Jonah Goldberg and eats his soul. Other than that, carry on….

  30. Liberalism, a movement in which I hold a conditional membership…

    Status: Revoked.
    Effective: Immediately
    Cause: Member is a giant dickweed.

  31. [re=309044]Tra[/re]: Richard Cohen’s member is a giant dickweed? This could go a long way toward explaining his bitterness & constant complaining. Ever try to get rid of dickweed in your yard? It’s almost impossible. Now imagine it’s in your pants. I almost feel sorry for the man. Almost. Also.

  32. Man! If only Richard Cohen would write his articles like this – succinct and understandable. Great Cliff Notes, Jim.

  33. Affirmative action preferences should be limited to black men with 3 inch johnsons, and asians who are bad at math —- to hell with everybody else.

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