Richard Cohen's Angry Elitism
by Matt Stoller, Tue May 09, 2006 at 08:44:59 AM EDT
Digby nailes Richard Cohen, Op-Ed writer for the Washington Post who has written two columns this week on how he hates the negative feedback he's getting.
Richard Cohen has been upset by the angry mob for some time. And when that happens he inevitably turns to the Republicans to set things right. They are, after all, the "conciliators." But far be it for me to say he has a political agenda. I frankly don't think he does. He is just easily upset by human beings who object to being treated like imbeciles by sniffing sycophants like Richard Cohen and don't feel like taking his condescending shit anymore.
I'm not quite as old as Cohen but I lived through the same era. How pathetic now to see liberals of my generation get so exercised over a few hostile emails. It's obviously been a while since they felt anything more strongly than irritation at too much foam on their cappucino. They sound exactly like the older generation sounded when we were young --- afraid of change and seeing political passion as being "hateful" and dangerous. Baby boomer elites are now that creepy old guy muttering at the kids to stop walking on his lawn or he'll call the cops.
That's exactly right. There's a hatred of democracy and popular participation that has crept into our punditocracy, political class, and political bloodstream. I feel myself tempted that way on occasion, but it's deeply wrong. Cohen has abandoned moral consistency or introspective ability, and that is why he's not well-liked. It has nothing to do with his lapdog-like treatment of George W. Bush. That's more of a symptom.
And Peter Daou has more on this general problem.