Politics Daily must fire Andrew Cohen (updated – and updated again)

July 27, 2010 by  

Stalking a woman – on her wedding day – who spurned you is cause for termination in my book. And that’s exactly what Politics Daily legal analyst Andrew Cohen deserves after penning a column titled “On Her Wedding Day, Saying the Things Left Unsaid”

From WashingtonCityPaper.com:

Creepiest wedding gift in human history? You decide:

The present I humbly send her today is this column; this public note, this irrevocable display of affection and support and gratitude; this worldly absolution from any guilt or sadness she felt between the time she said no to me and the time she said yes to him. No one ought to have to carry that with them into a marriage. I showered her with as much love as I could muster when we were together. I still love her and always will. So I am only too happy to offer my toast to her now, one more time, before she takes her vows.

Politics Daily’s Andrew Cohen is obviously in a pretty weird place in his life right now. And he has decided to share it with us all! So let us count the backhanded compliments Cohen delivers, as “the great love of my life marries today and I am not the groom” [Thanks to Date Lab for the tip]:

* Crazy love: “not enough” or too much? And am I to blame for my own unhappiness, or are you? Oh, it’s probably me:

I had my chance, a few years ago, but did not realize until too late how fleeting my moment with her was meant to be. Whether it was my fault or hers, and, let’s face it, it was probably mine, I will wonder always about the life I might have had with the most loving and loveable woman I have ever known. Sometimes, I finally now understand, love, even crazy love, is not enough. Sometimes, as the romance novelists know, timing is everything.

What struck me quite hard is that in the column (which you can see here, until it is rightly pulled off the Internet) is that one word in the entire disturbed essay is highlighted. That word is “poison.”

I took a look at the page source and copy and pasted the HTML here:

I want to thank her, mostly, for rescuing me from hopelessness. When we met, back in the spring of 2005, I was nearly 40 and had been dating off and on for two years following an unexpected divorce. I had lost faith in relationships. I had given up on love. She arrived, unexpectedly, and showed me what was possible. She raised me up from the emotional dead. She drew out of me the poison of divorce and betrayal. Eleven years younger but already more mature than me, she was dazzling, brilliant, funny, and sweet; she both gave and taught me patience and devotion and sacrifice. No woman before or since ever made me feel as desired, needed, beloved, appreciated as she did. No one has yet made me want her more. Some men live their whole lives without this kind of love. At least I had it for one brief, shining moment.

Politics Daily needs to immediately erase this column, and cut all ties to Andrew Cohen. This is beyond creepy. It’s stalking, if not worse.

Update: From comments at Dagblog: “I agree this is a weird, creepy column, but in Cohen’s defense I doubt he had anything to do with “poison” being hyperlinked. That’s almost certainly because of an automated ad-linker bot run by the host (in this case, AOL). He probably had no idea that would be linked until he saw it posted.”

WKW: A cogent comment. Regardless, my opinion that Cohen has crossed a serious line and must be terminated remains.

Update 2: Lizzie Skurnick at Politics Daily has a rebuttal to Cohen, titled “How Not to Congratulate Your Ex on Her Wedding Day” that deserves a read.

Update 3: Cohen just keeps on digging.



5 Responses to “Politics Daily must fire Andrew Cohen (updated – and updated again)”

  1. Michael on July 27th, 2010 11:36 am

    Also of note, to me, is the complete external attribution of everything. Observe:

    She arrived
    (she) showed me what was possible
    She raised me up
    She drew out of me
    she both gave and taught me patience and devotion and sacrifice
    (she) made me feel as desired, needed, beloved, appreciated
    (she) made me want her more

    You see, it’s her own fault for being so awesome. If she weren’t so awesome, he wouldn’t feel compelled (surely as if she were typing his psychotic screed for him) to express his feelings. Perhaps if Politics Daily does let Andrew go, he’ll blame her for that as well.

    My thought is, while this woman was being so awesome and doing all these things to Andrew, what was he doing? I mean, I’m reading this crap, and I’m saying to myself, “Okay, so her role in the relationship is ‘Awesome-Maker,’ and her job apparently is to make and/or bring ‘Awesome’ to Andrew. So, what does Andrew do?” Clearly this was a one-sided relationship (at least, that’s how it seems from his description). I would have left Andrew, too. I’m not going to waste all my Awesome-Making skills on some dude who won’t reciprocate.

  2. martin dufresne on July 27th, 2010 1:39 pm

    Bravo for challenging Cohen and Politics Daily, William, and you make an excellent point, Michael. When guys get into that kind of self-pity frump, they lose sight of how much their egotism feeds on making the Other responsible for everything, both their “seduction” and present despondency. Typical of dominant politics, of course: racists do the same when they whip themselves into a frenzy about someone or some group.

  3. dgun on July 27th, 2010 5:07 pm

    I don’t understand people. That sounds like some crap I might have written or said when I was a teenager. Now that I’m on the other side of 40, if I were single and not married to one heck’uva an ‘awesome maker’, I just couldn’t see myself giving much of a fck.

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