Shorter Cohen: Watch me take this layup of a column about Sarah Palin with easy and lucid points just sitting there for the taking and get nothing but air.
But I'm a fine basketball player, just ask all my friends at the Daycare Center.
Still, there is one point:
The lady from Alaska is a phony. She has sold out for money, quitting office so that she could cash in. She asserted her small-town bona fides, her antipathy both to the establishment and the mainstream media -- and then got herself a ghostwriter, a booking agent and a (Fox News) network contract. She is rich, famous for the metaphorical 15 minutes Andy Warhol allotted us all and, elbows swinging, is forging her way to oblivion. She was neither a threat (the left) nor an opportunity (the right), but just a fantasy -- until the American people turned the lights on.
When you are less perceptive than Richard Cohen, David Broder, it's time for you to turn off the internet connection at the assisted-living facility.