Yglesias isn’t being entirely fair here. Yes, Richard Cohen’s habit of inserting staggeringly racist bon mots into his columns is an unfortunate embarrassment for the Washington Post. But this must be weighed against the extraordinary capacity for keen political and social analysis he brings to the table. Prior to reading Cohen’s column, had it ever occurred to anyone that some Republican primary voters, including a fair number of Iowans, might prefer that their party nominate a candidate positioned to Chris Christie’s right in 2016? You can’t put a price on political insights like that.