Julian Bond popped up Saturday night over dinner. Today, having lunch at Eastern Market, I caught Congressman Steve Cohen. Sadly I don’t have a camera on my phone, so you’ll have to trust my judgement. Cohen is a unique-looking character, and was also wearing an orange lapel pin, so I’m certain it was him.
In case you don’t know him, Steve Cohen is a Jewish guy from Memphis who claims to have “the voting record of a black woman” and tried to join the CBC. Cohen represents Tennessee’s only black-majority district. He won his his 2006 primary amidst a split with a dozen black candidates, and then defeated corporatist Jake Ford (of the corporatist Ford family) who ran in the general as an independent.
In 2008, equally corporatist Nikki Tinker challenged Cohen in the primary. Her anti-Semitic ads (and her surrogates’ worse ones) gained national attention and were condemned by Barack Obama. Cohen, running on his solid record, promptly kicked her ass six ways to Sunday.
Cohen’s a strong liberal voice. He’s also a snappy motherfucker. Witness his response to Governor Palin’s dig at community organizers: