Saturday, November 27, 2010

David Broder's latest column:

You'll never guess what it's about. His hopes that Obama and Republicans can compromise on policy.

Of interest is this passage:
Another involves the soon-to-expire Bush tax cuts. Almost everyone agrees they should be renewed for the 98 percent of American families earning below $250,000 a year. The president opposes but Republicans support extending them also for the top 2 percent.

That is another issue on which Boehner and McConnell would be justified in challenging Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to negotiate with them and the top Republicans on the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees.
What's Broder's position on extending the tax cuts for the top 2 percent? He says that Republicans "would be justified in challenging Obama", which could mean that the opposition is justified in challenging - as any opposition party is, or that Broder thinks challenging Obama's position is the right thing to do. Who knows which it is?

It's as if Broder has no particular interest in the policy - see his remarks on the START treaty - just as long as the two parties can come together for a bipartisan accord. That's all that matters to him.

Yet another lazy, formulaic column by the "Dean" of the Washington press corps.


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