It is well past time to send David Broder to pasture, where he can spend his days dribbling tapioca on his sweater vest while waxing eloquent about the good old days when Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan exchanged pleasantries after passing bills:
But the partisanship on both sides was a turnoff to independents. They were the people who had taken Obama seriously when he said he wanted to move Washington beyond the recriminations of the George W. Bush years. Regardless of their views on health care — or the economy or education or anything else — they are turned off by the inability of both parties to overcome their parochial concerns and agree on steps to curb the joblessness and debt that are consuming the country.
I’m just coming to the conclusion that David Broder and the independents he represent are either so hopped up on lithium and anti-depressants that they just have no clue what is going on around them or they are just completely politically unaware idiots who shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Or both.
It is particularly galling to me that anyone could watch the last two years and have a “pox on both houses” mentality. One side of this debate has been deceitful, disgusting, and downright disingenuous about everything. Hell, this Broder piece is published the day after Obama foolishly (in my mind) extended an olive branch to Republicans about coastal drilling, and… they rejected it.
Bipartisanship, Broder’s Rosebud, is dead, and it is pretty clear which side is to blame- the ones wielding the signs screaming Don’t Tread On Me from the Capitol Hill Balcony might be the place to start.