I fully agree with the author of this piece, and I can add nothing to his analysis. My concern is with it's jaunty tone.
Cohen comes off as a wry observer with a "What will these wacky Republicans come up with next? They are such scamps!" attitude that serves not only to underestimate the Republicans, but to radiate an air of overconfidence that spells trouble for the country at large.
Look, it's clear that the Republicans have no qualms about running second rate intellects, see Reagan-Bush-Bush2. Hell, that's when they have their most success. It's the handlers and string pullers who do the damage behind the scenes in the names of these Republican lightweights.
The Democrats need to stop counting on Republican stumblebums to implode. That tactic won't work again because the media has forsaken it's responsibility to deliver unbiased facts and information to the electorate. We can never rely on news organizations to do anything other that to regurgitate press releases, and mold their reporting to fit some predetermined narrative. The Democrats must do their own heavy-lifting now, and forevermore.
Democrats must clearly and specifically define for one and all how it has been their policies that have pulled this country back from economic chaos, and illustrate in the same clear terms why it must be their policies going forward that make the most sense for our country.
The political game, as played in the 21st century does not favor mature and sober leadership in the handling of matters of state. It's not fair, but that's simply the way the world is now. The Democrats must wake up to this fact now if they are to fend off the Teabag barbarians, and their Republican puppets.