Steve Cohen

Great juxtaposition of headlines from the Politico "Huddle": 'GO ENDEAVOUR!', PUTNAM: 'AWKWARD' POLITICS FOR OBAMA, 'I HOPE TO HUG [GIFFORDS],' SOMEONE PLEASE TAKE STEVE COHEN TO THE WHCD, WILLS AND KATE ARE MARRIED, NEARLY 300 DEAD 

Nashville Nation

Sunday, February 7, 3:28 p.m. Among the convention’s several last-minute saves—opening the conference to media, replacing one speaker who fell ill and another who dropped last minute—was bringing on Andrew Breitbart. Convention spokesman Mark Skoda knew the conservative media mogul through their mutual friend Mike Flynn, who manages the Breitbart site BigGovernment.com, and when Marsha Blackburn and Michele Bachmann backed out, Breitbart swooped in to help. At first, Breitbart himself was just supposed to introduce Sarah Palin. But to no one’s surprise, really, his portfolio grew.

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I doubt it. But that's the price you pay, I guess, if you're a white guy representing a majority-black Congressional district--even if, as Cohen says of himself, he votes "like a 45-year-old black woman." That said, the black politician currently trying to unseat Cohen, former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, looks like he might be taking the race-baiting to a whole new level (which is quite an accomplishment when you consider that Cohen's opponent in 2008 tried to link him to the KKK).

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Cohen Prevails

Talk about a route*. Nikki Tinker's last flurry of despicable ads actually worked against her, as Steve Cohen trounced her 79 to 19 percent in yesterday's Democratic primary. (Cohen beat Tinker 31 to 26 two years ago.) It's like McGruff always said: race- and Jew-baiting doesn't pay! *--D'oh!  --Jason Zengerle 

Ta-Nehisi Coates says no--and argues that the aforementioned Nikki Tinker ad against Steve Cohen in Memphis was just a case of race-baiting: Jew-baiting against a white Jewish guy in a majority black district, is like attempting a 360 dunk. Why go through all that when the the plain-old race-baiting layup will suffice? Who knows what Tinker was going for with this specific ad, but it's not as if Cohen's religion hasn't been an issue in this race.

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