Sunday, March 25, 2007
David Broder's repeats himself:
From Sunday's column
: (emp add)
- "... the results of the 2006 midterm election [are that] Democrats [now hold] narrow majorities in the House and Senate ..."
- "It seems doubtful that Democrats can help themselves a great deal just by tearing down an already discredited Republican administration with more investigations such as the current attack on the Justice Department and White House over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys."
- "At some point, Democrats have to give people something to vote for ... [such as] liberal measures that would expand the role and cost of government ..."
This is basically what Broder said a week ago
, that Democrats should lay off the Republicans and start writing "liberal" legislation - even though it wouldn't go anywhere because of the "narrow majority" in the Senate, and Bush's veto pen.
The result of holding hearings is, besides exposing corruption and incompetence, to further increase the advantage Democrats hold over Republicans, so that in subsequent elections the Democrats will be able to pass into law "liberal measures".
Pace Broder, it is likely
that Democrats can help themselves by going after the Republicans.
FOR FUN: Read the comments
at the Post appended to the Broder column.
Much like generals are said to "fight the previous war," the centrist and faux-liberal punditariat seem to be stuck in some previous time (I leave out the rightwing pundits because they are much more on whatever message is sent by the current Republican party). Many of them seem to, as Digby puts it "hate the hippies" from way back in the sixties, seventies or eighties. I'm not sure where Broder is stratified but it's surely not past the mid nineties, and is probably considerably earlier.
Maybe many of them are like Kaus, who seem to perpetually have to react to some perceived slight from some quibble he lost long ago. In his case, it makes him like Ann Coulter.
I don't get it. I'm a fairly moderate Democrat and I sure can't understand how they can be so lackidasiacal about the foreign and domestic policy travesty that is contemporary Republican rule.
What's the hatred of the world and the squandering of a trillion dollars when there are Democrats to try and eviscerate? Our discourse is sorely screwed up.
BTW I like your blog and even read it via RSS, but comment rarely. Just so you know I appreciate your stuff.
Sorry I wasn't clear. When I wrote about kaus "It makes him like Ann coulter," I mean it makes him predisposed positively toward her.
I don't mean that he necessarily is similar to her (though he probably is in some ways), just that he appreciates her-.
Which tells you quite a bit about him.
Meh, Cokie Roberts was on NPR either this morning or yesterday with the same crap. Why they continue to pay her when she has obviously become a right wing talking head over the last six years is beyond me.
Broder's influence is waning. The age of the Internet is here, and he is no longer relevant.
Bye, bye middle class hating, 1984'sh propagandist for the establishment dinosaur. You are an American Revolution hating Tory. Fuck you.
Shorter Broder: "Stop showing up the Republican 'Brand' for the joke it really is & the corrupt bunch of skells they are AND start playing to the Republicans stereotype of Democrats so that we can continue to criticize democrats for being 'out of touch with heartland values' and 'not representative of Real America'. (and I can just recycle stuff I wrote 2,4,6,8, and 10 years ago and not really work at my job)"