Veteran political columnist David Broder set off a firestorm recently when he called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an ``embarrassment'' for declaring the Iraq War ``lost.''It is easy to tell when she is not levelheaded and goes off on an ideological tear. In writing about the Broder column she distorts or ignores two central issues:
From the assault subsequently directed at Broder -- from other journalists, political operatives, left-wing bloggers and even the entire 50-member Senate Democratic Caucus -- you'd have thought Broder had had an intimate encounter with an intern.
Broder committed no such dastardly deed, but merely did what he has done for the past 35 years. He called it as he saw it -- just as Reid claims to have done, and that his defenders seem to find so refreshing.
Nevertheless, the 50 Democratic senators felt compelled to respond. Doesn't the U.S. Senate have more important matters to attend to than David Broder?
- The distortion, that Mr. Broder is “just a columnist”. No, he is a senior columnist for the Washington Post, not the Podunk times. His opinions, even when stupid, are read by thousands, if not tens of thousands on a National level.
- Ignore what he wrote. The title of the column was not “My thoughtful analysis of Senator Reids Performance”. It was titled “The Democrats Gonzales”.
- The Democrats' Gonzales
By David S. Broder
Thursday, April 26, 2007; Page A29
Here's a Washington political riddle where you fill in the blanks: As Alberto Gonzales is to the Republicans, Blank Blank is to the Democrats -- a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance.
If you answered " Harry Reid," give yourself an A. And join the long list of senators of both parties who are ready for these two springtime exhibitions of ineptitude to end.
The Kathy Parkers and David Broders of the world are shocked, shocked. Democrats fighting back? You’re not supposed to fight back. You’re supposed to go along. Wahhh! It isn’t far. You cheated. I want my Daddy (the R’s are the Daddy party after all. High Lady Dowd said so).
The Parker’s and Broder’s and Krauthammer’s of the world still believe it’s pre-November 2006, and that the Colbert Rule of the press still applies:
Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.Well with apologies, no screw it no apologies to the gang of 500, welcome to Politics 2007. Your boy Commander Codpiece (no relation to the writer of this blog) and his Republican Rubber Stamp toadies got a free pass these last 6 to 12 years, BUT IT IS OVER. Yeah, it’s true we can not get more then a single progressive voice in the MSM, but thanks to those “Internets”, we do not have to. The power of the net roots combined with the new progressive AM talk radio means that we can call bullSh*t when it is bullsh*t.
But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know - fiction!
If Broder or Parker does not like it, f*ck’em. If Malkin or some other War Blogger continues to push a lie, we will push back (good job Eric and Glen). If the cowardly Journalists continue to dismiss allegations that the Bush Administration broke the law, we will beat them over the head with the story until they say okay, I get it (Josh, what can I say? Is mere thanks enough for the extra ordinary job you do. I think not).
I will leave Ms. Parker with the following, in case she still does not get it: