October 30, 2012
WAPO’S RICHARD COHEN WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA “WITH REGRET”: Ouch! Liberal columnist Richard Cohen writes a scathing piece in the Washington Post, in which he admits that Obama is an indifferent President who hasn’t fulfilled his promise.
History was draped over Obama like a cape. His bona fides in that sense were as unimpeachable as Bobby Kennedy’s. The crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I think he adored himself. Liberals were intolerant of anyone who had doubts. Obama was not a man, but a totem. A single critical column from me during the campaign triggered a fusillade of invective. The famous and esteemed told me off. I was the tool of right-wing haters, a dope of a dupe.
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On the movie screen, Robert F. Kennedy’s appeal is obvious: authenticity. He cared. He showed it. People saw that and cared about him in return. With Obama, the process is reversed. It’s hard to care about someone who seems not to care in return. I will vote for him for his good things, and I will vote for him to keep Republican vandals from sacking the government. But after watching Bobby Kennedy, I will vote for Obama with regret. I wish he was the man I once mistook him for.
C’mon, Cohen, we Republicans won’t “sack” the government. We’ll demand that it stay within its proper constitutional bounds (something all Americans should support), we’ll get rid of wasteful programs, and we’ll reform those entitlements you love so that they’ll actually be around for your children and grandchildren. Come over to the light side, Richard. We don’t bite.