Yes, Broder wets himself over Bloomberg
As predictable and predicted, Broder's lost bladder control, now that there's a chance that Bloomberg might enter the 2008 race.
Anything, anything but a Democrat. If the Republicans can't, than Vanity08 must. You know, I almost hope Hillary's our nominee, so Broder's forced to sniff her panties for eight long years. And I wouldn't mind Broder acting the straight-out partisan shill like Brooks or Safire if he didn't pose as the above-it-all and very serious Wise Man: The Dean of Beltway journalism.
Dean Floater: The gaseous turd that just keeps circling the bowl, refusing to go down.
Once again, Broder makes Sunday Fun Day:
[Bloomberg] now looks more and more as if he will have a chance. In what appears to have been a carefully orchestrated series of events, Bloomberg dominated the political news last week.
No, Bloomberg didn't. Bloomberg dominated the vacant space between Broder's ears. The guy who did dominate the political news was Shooter, the Vice Presidential Entity, and that's why WaPo's running a four-part series on him this week.
First, he turned up on the cover of Time magazine along with Schwarzenegger. A flattering article suggested that the two men embodied the pragmatic, problem-solving approach that Washington conspicuously lacks in these final dispiriting months of the Bush presidency.
Sweet Jeebus. We've got a Vice Presidential Entity who thinks he's a fourth branch of government and wants to go to war with Iran, and a Presidential Entity who's rewriting the laws with signing statements and getting obeyed by the Christianist sleeper cells down in the bureaucracy. We aren't living in a Constitutional system anymore, and Broder wants to talk about pragmatism?
Maybe, of course, if the Republicans weren't "blocking" everything...
(Oh, and nice spin on "months." Yeah, let's minimize the potential for perceived damage from the malAdministration's scorched earth policies during its forced retreat. Do the math, Dave. The Thousand Year Bush Regime--it seems like that, anyhow--ends in January 2009. Months?)
And if Dean Floater does want to talk about pragmatism, why doesn't he write one of his much-beloved policy columns on single-payer, universal health care, like the rest of the civilized world has? Because some DFH made a movie out it, is that why?
One final idiocy:
More than that, there is a palpable hunger among the public for someone who will attack the problems facing the country -- the war in Iraq, immigration, energy, health care -- and not worry about the politics.
Uh, Dave? In a democracy, "politics" is how you attack the problems facing the country.
Or are you waiting for a man on a white horse?
Take the package, Dave! It's painful to watch you!
UPDATE Broder really does need to take the package, because the partisan shilling is becoming way too transparent. (Although I guess that passes for "balance" in the mind of the WaPo editorial board: An outright Republican operative like Gerson, and a not-entirely transparent Republican advocate in Broder). Broder presents as a Centrist, but let's look at the record: Remember the column back in February on the Bush bounce? Remember the hit piece on Harry Reid that turned out to be, er, counterfactual? Remember the bizarre, voyeuristic columns on the Clinton's sex life?
Take the package, Dave! Take the package!