Below is a link and excerpt of an op-ed offered by David Broder from the Washington Post last Thursday that is highly critical of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. A few posts back, this blog offered a criticism of a Washington Post article and I noted it annoyed me and that was WaPo’s right and I had a right to point out my disagreement with the article. This time I am offering support of the WaPo article identified here as a reasonable appraisal of what is wrong with Senator Harry Reid. His statement that the ‘war is lost’ is reason enough to lodge such a criticism. David Broder merely expands on that theme with more reasons for the criticism.
By David S. Broder
Thursday, April 26, 2007; 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 Dems and their supporters appear to be angry about the Broder op-ed. And people like Paul Begala have resorted to Marcottesque rants to express their disdain. And the Senate leaders or Dem caucus and whoever else claimed to be 50 in number have expressed their dissatisfaction with Broder in a letter to the Washington Post.
These are the same Dems who have spent nearly their entire time in this session as the majority party criticizing and bashing the President while at the same time claiming they have accomplished so much since the midterms. When someone in the press expresses criticism of a Democrat, they send a letter repeating their claims of ‘great strides’ in legislation that still has not been completed. They further state Harry Reid has ‘accomplished all of this’ and I ask, all of what?
Below is the complete letter sent by the Dems to the Washington Post in response to the David Broder op-ed:
The Senate Democratic Caucus sent a letter to the Washington Post to contest the attack on Senator Harry Reid’s Leadership by David S. Broder in his April 26 column, “The Democrat’s Gonzalez.”
The letter was signed by Sen. Reid’s 50 colleagues in the caucus:
Sen. Reid’s Fine Leadership
Letter to the Editor
Friday, April 27, 2007; A22
We, the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, contest the attack on Sen. Harry Reid’s leadership by David S. Broder in his April 26 column, “The Democrats’ Gonzales.”
In contrast to Mr. Broder’s insinuations, we believe Mr. Reid is an extraordinary leader who has effectively guided the new Democratic majority through these first few months with skill and aplomb.
The Democratic caucus is diverse, and Mr. Reid has worked tirelessly to make sure that the views of each member are heard and represented. No one ideology dominates the caucus, so that a consensus can be reached and unity achieved. It is hard to imagine a better model for leadership.
Because Mr. Reid has the support of members of the caucus, is a good listener and has an amazing ability to synthesize views and bring people together, the Senate has accomplished a great deal during his time as majority leader. Armed with his years of service in the Senate and with a mastery of procedure, Mr. Reid has led the chamber with a slim majority and a minority that is, at times, determined to stop legislation with which it disagrees.
In the first 100 days alone, we made great strides under his leadership on long-neglected legislation concerning stem cell research, the Sept. 11 commission’s recommendations and the minimum wage, to name three. In addition, under Mr. Reid’s leadership, we have fulfilled our obligation, left uncompleted by last year’s Republican-led Senate, to fund the federal government. He has accomplished all of this in the face of stiff opposition and with a commitment to giving ideas full opportunity for debate.
Finally, in this age of scripted politicians speaking only to their base or claiming that they “don’t recall” anything, the fact that Mr. Reid speaks his mind should be applauded, not derided. His brand of straight talk is honest, comes from the heart and speaks directly to the people.
OF THE SENATE
In the subsequent article below, offered today, David Broder continues to defend his position. It is important to point out that the original op-ed not only criticized Harry Reid but included AG Alberto Gonzales and the President’s support of him as an equally indefensible position and examples of what is wrong in Washington.
By Dave Astor
Published: April 30, 2007 12:30 PM ET
NEW YORK David Broder said he wouldn’t change anything in his April 26 column, which angered many readers and caused 50 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus to write a letter criticizing Broder in Friday’s Washington Post.
Last but not least are some excerpts and links to various expressions of opposition to the Broder piece. And of course , I for one, do not agree with those who attack the op-ed from David Broder. But then, I’m not a Democrat.
23 Apr 2007 by BarbinMD
For those of you who can’t get enough of the “dean” of the Washington press corps, David Broder took his particular brand of idiocy on the road today in an interview on XM radio (from Think Progress): …
On a related note I would like to emphasize that Senator Harry Reid as well as Speaker Nancy Pelosi are guilty of bad judgment at the very least by their most outrageous actions since the session began. To undermine the executive branch with ‘diplomatic trips’ to Assad in Syria as well as mistakes in speaking for the leader of Israel and calling out that the ‘war is lost’ in Iraq are doing more harm than the Dems have the ability to see or understand.
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