Those who used to get emails from me, pre-blog, know the high regard that I once had for David Broder.
But I can't remember the last time I linked to him. And Sunday's column is a perfect example of why. He's become nothing but a tool who hasn't been relevant for several years now. The world has passed him by.
The WaPo editor called Sunday's column A Judicious Compromise. But Josh found the column carried in the Quad Cities Times with the more apt title, Democrats Should Back Down.
Broder is such a tool. Why on earth should he expect the Ds to back down? Every single poll has shown that the public is on the side of the Ds on this. But more importantly, Broder knows perfectly well that the Rs are the ones on the wrong side of this issue.
Broder should have written a column pointing out that that Rs have pushed too far on a number of recent issues including this, lost the public on all these issues and need to back away from the brink. That their moving forward would destroy 200 years of tradition because they are not satisfied with 95% approval of Bush's judicial nominees and want to ram through literally 7 judges that even most Rs agree are extreme. That the Rs must remember they have recently been in the minority and will again. That now is the time for the Rs to reestablish themselves in the publics mind as capable of reasonable leadership. It's a NO FREAKING BRAINER!
But that's not the column Broder wrote. Broder wants the Ds to save the Rs from themselves so they can have an unprecedented 100% of their judicial appointees despite their despicable treatment of many times more of Clinton nominees. To save them from collapse from their own hubris and failed leaders. The Ds must hand the bully a victory.
Why, David, Why?
There is a down side, to be sure, for the Ds to shut down the Senate. While the Ds have the public now, it won't last forever. How long do the Ds plan to shut down the Senate? Although the public will initially blame the Rs, their patients is as short as their memory.