Yes, voter participation is way up and in the end, the Democrats will choose a woman or an African American and, to invoke that tiresome phrase, history will be made. But this messy nominating process has eroded the standing of both candidates. It has highlighted the reality that racism still runs deep and that misogyny, although more imagined than real, is not yet a wholly spent force. This is an ugly porridge that has been placed before us, turned rancid since the cold, pristine days of Iowa only five months ago. We were, with apologies to Bob Dylan, so much younger then.
Bob might accept the apology, but what a sorry excuse for a column. Cohen is really saying that he hates the fact that racism and sexism are still serious problems in America. Perhaps up until this year he'd managed to avoid such unpleasantness by staying home and mingling with nice people at civilized Georgetown dinner parties. Good for him. But to protest that by exposing these issues to the light the campaign has done the country - or at least him - a disservice, is absurd. I suppose we might have avoided all that messiness if the key contenders in the contest had been white males. The implication of Cohen's column is that he would have preferred it that way.