09 Mar 2011

Rest in Peace – Moderate Columnist David Broder

Via Frum Forum, we find out that longtime Washington Post reporter and later columnist David Broder has died.

I know that there were a lot of younger folk that didn’t like him and labeled his brand of centrism “Broderism,” but I did his columns for the fact that he had a memory of time when the political parties cooperated and got some major legislation passed.  In many ways, he was a forerunner to another one of my favorite columnists, David Brooks, in his willingness to go pass simplistic partisan commentary to the issues behind the issues.

Godspeed, Mr. Broder

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0 thoughts on “Rest in Peace – Moderate Columnist David Broder”

  1. Broder deserved the “Broderism” epithet because he continually attempted to apply his bygone and much-mythologized “bipartisan” sentiment to situations where it was comically idiotic, and his motivations for doing so hinged on his desire not to see the best possible outcome, but to have a “meeting of the minds” to celebrate and further mythologize as quintessentially American.

    He ultimate became a broken record, a parody of himself.

    Most ridiculously, he continually held himself up as a seer of what “real Americans” in the hinterland thought and what they wanted from their politicians and government.

    Mind you, he did all of this with a consistency and thickheadedness that gave people a superficial reason to like him even if they knew his commentary was outmoded, naive, and self-serving.

    Broder, in essence, embodied what the purveyor of this blog attempts to be: a formerly John McCain-infatuated fetishizer of centrism and bipartisanship for centrism and bipartisanship’s sake.

    The natural outcome of this ideal — a permanent governing establishment, a modern aristocracy — was the preferred order in Broder’s world which is why he celebrated and promoted it at every turn.

    That he was able to maintain his privileged position at the Post until 81 years of age speaks to this greatly.

    He wasn’t dispensing decades of wisdom or keen analyses of politics. His lamentations of partisan fighting and unceasing false equivalences only served to promote the dull-headed notion that all political fighters are bad and that some magical average based on mutual ideological compromise was attainable.

    While he shall rest in peace, there’s certainly no shortage of opportunists waiting to fill his shoes.

    1. I do enjoy when you hold off on the assholeish comments enough that I can let your comments post, so I can respond to you.

      “Broder, in essence, embodied what the purveyor of this blog attempts to be: a formerly John McCain-infatuated fetishizer of centrism and bipartisanship for centrism and bipartisanship’s sake.”

      I was a college kid when I liked McCain and was a moderate libertarian back then anyway, so his views made sense to me. I’ve gotten a LOT more moderate since, but kept the general stance of moderate liberaltarian-ish on social issues, and what is generally considered right leaning on fiscal issues.

      I’m not bipartisan, I have my opinions and they USUALLY fall somewhere between the stances of the two major parties. I don’t try to be that, that is just the conclusions I’ve come to. I also don’t need an ideology to help me think through issues, although I don’t think that people who do choose to subscribe to them are necessarily stupid or anything… just wrong.

      This bullshit you continue to try and sell, pretending you know that I *really* come to these conclusions because of some urge to fit myself into a centrist mold, or this crap about a centrist fetish, is the same deranged perspective that so many political zealots take… when they not only disagree with someone, they feel the need to hallucinate psychic peeks into their opponent’s minds.

      It is a bit flattering that I have a few stalkers… when I started blogging some people I know told me you know you’re starting to make it when you have trolls who go out of their way to try and annoy you with the kind of childish vitriol you bring… I kind of enjoy it. Makes me chuckle every time your stuff shows up in the queue and I click the delete button 🙂

  2. Regardless of Joshy the Troll… I wasn’t exactly a fan of Broder… something about his writing just didn’t jive well with me, but I respected him, his accomplishments in life and if I’m able to accomplish a fraction of that I’d be a very happy blogger. I hope someone like John Avlon is able to fill in the space he’s left in the political punditsphere.

  3. I liked Broder’s attempt at staying close to the center, especially in the midst of hyperpartisanship, even if I didn’t always love his columns. But even if I thought he was a phony or broken record, I wouldn’t piss all over him after his death. Josh, you’re a complete dick. Why don’t you just go join the Westboro Baptist Church already, you assbag.

    Solomon: Don’t delete his comments. I like when assholes show themselves.

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