Opening Act: The Kid Is Not My Son

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July 18 2013 8:42 AM

Opening Act: The Kid Is Not My Son

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The kid isn't Steve Cohen's daughter either.

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The conclusion of the Rep. Steve Cohen saga is ready for its Maury Povich close-up.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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I think the desire some have to hatewatch stems from seeing this toxic combination of smugness and earnestness try to repair reality. It's the same douche-chill I get when I peek at Facebook after an election or — gasp — scroll through Yahoo comments after a Supreme Court decision. Big talk is therapeutic only to the one doing the talking.

And two fat white guys try to incite racial backlash at a Trayvon Martin protest, and are video'd for their sins.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.