I apologize in advance for any distress the above image may cause.
This is how Richard Cohen works: week after week he writes dumb, boring columns and gets paid wheelbarrows full of money by the Washington Post for being, as Pony Pal™ Alex Pareene puts it so well, completely inessential on any given topic, and it's easy to ignore him because... well, because he's so boring and dumb. And then, out of nowhere, he'll pen an opinion piece so hacky and idiotic that it's impossible to resist. Like today. Welcome back, Richard!
This time Richard levels his withering (or at least withered) gaze upon Newt Gingrich, and he's in full-on "cutesy ha-ha" mode. His very first sentence ("A Post feature — The Fact Checker — is possibly the most powerful force for good since Clark Kent encountered a phone booth.") is such a poorly handled metaphor that it's breathtaking (I'm pretty sure Clark Kent had superpowers long before he ever "encountered a phone booth"). He then spends two paragraphs –two whole paragraphs!– simultaneously defending and criticizing the New York Times' worst-ever film critic, Bosley Crowther, lazily using examples picked right out of Wikipedia, before remembering that he was writing about Newt Gingrich and proceeding.
And then, of course, Cohen brings up Gingrich's adultery, because Cohen brings up adultery, one of the few subjects he knows anything about, every chance he gets, like clockwork, because he just can't get over that one time he fooled around with Peter Jennings' wife and he, himself, was the subject of Washington gossip. Ah, the good old days.
Mostly, though, Cohen uses the column to point us to Glenn Kessler's writing on Gingrich, and really, we should be thankful that Richard is around to remind us that the Washington Post still employs at least one good writer. Because it sure isn't Richard Cohen.