Columnist Richard Cohen: GOP Had To Suppress Gag Reflex Over NY Mayor-Elect's Interracial Marriage

NY Daily News columnist Richard Cohen's piece on Tuesday, Why Iowa May Bury Christie’s Ambitions, accused conservatives of having to suppress a gag reflex when considering the interracial marriage of NYC's Mayor-elect DeBlasio.

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 not all — of America. To a cultural conservative, this doesn’t look like his country at all.

If conservatives needed to suppress a gag reference regarding DeBlasio, it had nothing to do with his marriage and everything to do with the radical leftist platform he ran on.

Cohen did offer a slight defense of the GOP rarely heard from the left.

Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the Tea Party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde.

Unfortunately, the statement that the "GOP is not racist" is buried between the "gag reflex" slight on the one hand, and a comparison to segregationists pursuing "instututionaly, legal racism" on the other.

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