WaPo's Cohen Says Palin Can't Be President of Black, Hispanic America

The left’s obsession with Sarah Palin is sure to reach a fever pitch as her new book, America By Heart, debuts this week. As if Americans haven’t figured it out yet, mainstream liberals and some liberal Republicans can’t stand her. So desperate are they to attack her that they’ve seized on an excerpt from the book to play the racism card.

A Tuesday column in the Washington Post by Richard Cohen embodies this anti-Palin mania when he wrote that Palin, “could not be the president of black America nor of Hispanic America.”

Why, you may ask? Well Cohen says she cares more about, “grizzlies than she does about African Americans.” Now surely Mr. Cohen would have some rock solid proof before he accuses Palin of not caring about ethnic groups? His “evidence” seems to be summed up in a quotation from the boom regarding First Lady Michelle Obama’s statement that her husband’s success warranted for her “the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”

So using Cohen’s warped logic, Sarah Palin writing negatively about a woman who said she was never proud of her country automatically means she’s racist. Cohen doesn’t just claim Palin misquoted Obama, he goes farther claiming that in the days of segregation, “If they were driving to Washington, they slowed down and stopped where the sign said “colored” – and the irritated Palins of the time angrily hit the horn and went on their way.”

This is by any measure outrageous. Using Cohen’s logic, the mere fact that he’s criticizing Palin is proof that he doesn’t care about women, or possibly a misogynist. It shows how desperate folks are to demonize her and the pure, unadulterated disdain they have. No rational thinker could make that jump except if you truly despise someone.

Cohen finishes up by playing the tired refrain of questioning Palin’s brains, “It’s appalling that Palin and too many others fail to understand that fact – indeed so many facts of American history.”

In reality, what’s appalling is that a major paper in this country would allow Mr. Cohen to defame a possible Presidential candidate. Many Americans think it’s appalling when a man who usually crusades against “hate” is rotten with the same animus for Sarah Palin. Mr. Cohen needs to take off his blinders of hate and come back to the real world.


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