Malkin Award Nominee

“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. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)” – Richard Cohen, Washington Post.

The argument that the GOP is fueled by cultural bewilderment at a multi-racial, multi-cultural, gay married, multi-faith America is a vital one if you want to understand our irrational politics right now. So I wasn’t going to pile on. But when I thought about it, two words really leaped out at me: “conventional” and “gag-reflex.” No one who holds conventional views gags at an inter-racial couple; only someone with reactionary views does that. Yes, some older folks may still feel discomfort at the sight of an inter-racial couple, but, Gallup shows they only count for a third of even the over 65s. The total approval of a marriage like De Blasio’s hit a record of 86 percent in 2011. So 14 percent is now conventional? Or is Cohen once again telling us something about his issues with African-Americans?

And seriously: “must repress a gag reflex”? Makes you want to vomit? It’s not even a Buchanan “recoil”!