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Letter: Enough of Cohen’s columns

After reading the Nov. 12 column by Richard Cohen, “Christie’s tea-party problem,” I am left wondering why it was printed.

After stating that Superstorm Sandy put Christie on the map, Cohen refers to (former Governor) Palin as the Alaskan “quitter”… the “not literate” candidate; to Rep. Paul Ryan as the (Republican) party’s resident abacus, and to Cruz’s evangelist father as a “colorful preacher who opposes almost anything, including, of course, same-sex marriage”.

Cohen did get one thing right. None of these candidates bears the slightest resemblance to Christie.

Cohen should have quit there. He continues the Cruz and the Iowa Republicans discussion: “Iowa is not only a serious obstacle for Christie and other Republican moderates, it suggests something more ominous: the Dixiecrats of old. Officially the States’ Rights Democratic party, they were breakaway Democrats whose primary issue was racial segregation. They saw a way of life under attack and they feared its loss.” To cover for this statement he says, “Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the Tea Party, but it is deeply troubled…”

I believe the most offensive statement is “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. This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but all of — America. To a cultural conservative, this doesn’t look like his country at all.”

Who is the racist here? I hope this is the last column by Cohen that you allow to grace your Opinion page.

Linda Kacher