Eternal Fogbank of the Pundit Mind

April 24, 2007

I wrote off David Broder years ago as droopy parrot whose endless squawking of conventional wisdom had grown too tired even to be worth refuting. But, boy, it sure is startling to read this Harper’s collection of his utterances and come up against the cold, hard fact that the so-called dean of Washington pundits is not just out of it, but so lost in his own private Idaho that it’s a wonder he can feed himself.

Come to think of it — can he feed himself? Or are his meals spooned into his mouth the way Republican spin-points are ladled into his columns?

Here’s a choice item to bear in mind tomorrow night as you watch the Bill Moyers documentary on how the Bushies played the press like a fiddle in the months leading up to the Iraq invasion:

Let me disclose my own bias in this matter. I like Karl Rove. In the days when he was operating from Austin, we had many long and rewarding conversations. I have eaten quail at his table and admired the splendid Hill Country landscape from the porch of the historic cabin Karl and his wife Darby found miles away and had carted to its present site on their land. (May 18, 2003)

A plateful of quail on Rove’s porch in exchange for endless columns announcing Bush’s renewed strengths as a president, and the imminence of a victory in Iraq, always just beyond the next corner. That Broder sure is one cheap date.


2 Responses to “Eternal Fogbank of the Pundit Mind”

  1. DBK Says:

    It’s been a long time since I read these two books, so I can’t remember whether this story is from The Boys of Summer or from The Summer of 1949, but there’s a story about Joe DiMaggio pointing at a group of sports writers and saying something like, “I can buy any one of them for a $2 steak and a bottle of wine.” So I guess not much has changed, and political reporters are notoriously similar to sports writers.

  2. […] and “Iraq” for “Richard M. Nixon” and “Vietnam,” check out this gallery of recent Broder quotes, then ask yourself if obeisance to power isn’t the key to his worldview. Posted by […]

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