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Mr. Broder Goes to Washington ...(50 Democratic senators attack Washington press corps)
New York Sun ^ | May 2, 2007 | Editorial

Posted on 05/02/2007 5:47:07 AM PDT by IrishMike

So the entire Democratic caucus in the United States Senate — 50 senators — has sent a letter to the Washington Post attacking the dean of the Washington press corps, David Broder, for a column in which Mr. Broder dared to criticize their leader for his preemptive surrender to the terrorists in Iraq. "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 letter says. "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."

Mr. Broder's offense? The Pulitzer-prize winning columnist and reporter, 77, wrote a column criticizing the Democratic leader in the Senate, Mr. Reid, for Mr. Reid's comment that the Iraq war "is lost." Mr. Reid, Mr. Broder wrote "is assuredly not a man who misses many opportunities to put his foot in his mouth. In 2005, he attacked Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, as ‘one of the biggest political hacks we have here in Washington.'" Wrote Mr. Broder, " Reid's verbal wanderings on the war in Iraq are consequential — not just for his party and the Senate but for the more important question of what happens to U.S. policy in that violent country and to the men and women whose lives are at stake." The New York Sun publishes the column today on the adjacent page.

For this Mr. Broder won a rebuke not only from the senators but from the New York Times's Frank Rich, who ridiculed Mr. Broder in his column Sunday and who defended as "obvious" Mr. Reid's assessment that the war is lost.

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; censorship; congress; defeatocrats; democrats; elections; iraq; mediabias; msm; senate; talkradio; terrorism; wot

1 posted on 05/02/2007 5:47:17 AM PDT by IrishMike
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To: IrishMike

The Rats outraged that one of their own would exercise a rare Freedom of the Press. How far beyond hypocrisy can they go??

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


2 posted on 05/02/2007 5:49:55 AM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both Enemies of America)
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To: IrishMike

If I were Broder, that letter would only make me more determined to attack that bunch of stuffed shirts.


3 posted on 05/02/2007 5:50:39 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: IrishMike

Broder has raised his and the MSM a notch upward and in consequence has brought the “Rats” out of their holes. Lets hope that Mr. Broder will continue his enlightened reporting.


4 posted on 05/02/2007 5:53:32 AM PDT by hgro (Jerry Riversd)
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To: IrishMike

WHAT!

The anti-truth, anti-freedom, anti-individual DEMOCRAT CRIME COLLECTIVE strikes again.


5 posted on 05/02/2007 5:53:32 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: IrishMike

I guess Mr Broder did not understand the principle of walking in lock step, even if the party is a bunch of lemmings headed over a defeatist cliff?


6 posted on 05/02/2007 5:56:49 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: PGalt

BTTT


7 posted on 05/02/2007 5:58:10 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: IrishMike

The entire Democratic caucus in the United States Senate has signed on to squelch free speech. How enlightened!


8 posted on 05/02/2007 5:58:37 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

The entire Democratic caucus in the United States Senate has signed on to squelch free speech. How enlightened!
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Talk Radio is the big target.
They tried to compete ... failure.
Now they will try through the Courts and FCC.


9 posted on 05/02/2007 6:03:32 AM PDT by IrishMike ( What happens when aliens breed with sheep ? - Democrats)
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To: Piquaboy
As of now, Broder is pretty much alone... the rest of the DBM couldn't’t care less. Look for Broder to be shunned by his cronies/DNC contacts if he continues in this venue.
10 posted on 05/02/2007 6:04:25 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: IrishMike

These are the same turkeys who will scream and cry that conservatives are squelching freedom and threatening the constitution. I guess it depends on how you look at “freedom of speech and press”. Dems have it, no one else is allowed!


11 posted on 05/02/2007 6:05:26 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Thrownatbirth
The entire Democratic caucus in the United States Senate has signed on to squelch free speech. How enlightened!

The part I'm not looking forward to is the inaction of the rest of the media as the political left lynch one of their own for stepping out of line.

12 posted on 05/02/2007 6:05:32 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: IrishMike
Frank Rich - wow, a Broadway theater critic gives his opinion on a war fought by grown-ups.

Maybe he should stick to reviewing "Rent", and "The Vagina Monologues", and let the adults worry about his safety.
13 posted on 05/02/2007 6:06:53 AM PDT by horse_doc
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To: IrishMike

bump...


14 posted on 05/02/2007 6:07:15 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: IrishMike
Does anyone take harry reid and nan pelosi seriously anymore???
15 posted on 05/02/2007 6:11:41 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: IrishMike
Thank you Mr. Broder! You have helped America to see the horrific effects that RCI (Rectal Cranial Inversion) has had on 50 senators that have put their signature to this letter condemning you. Perhaps the citizens of the USA will see the terrible effects of this disease and what it can do when it goes undetected for years. 51 senators suffering from RCI!! Oh the humanity.
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16 posted on 05/02/2007 6:11:52 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: IrishMike

the Culture of Hypocrisy strikes again!


17 posted on 05/02/2007 6:11:53 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: IrishMike

Well now Broder has been attacked by that well-known expert on foreign policy at the NYT, Frank Rich, who is also an all-around genius on everything. So therefore Broder must definitely be wrong about Reid. Rich’s qualifications for commenting about foreign and domestic policy was that he was the theater critic for the Slimes for many years. (smirk)


18 posted on 05/02/2007 6:16:15 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: missnry

For the benefit of any DUmmies trolling...
sarcasm/


19 posted on 05/02/2007 6:17:05 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: driftless2

Frank Rich is the epitomy of a Liberal...Brainless!


20 posted on 05/02/2007 6:19:12 AM PDT by philly-d-kidder (God Bless America!)
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To: IrishMike

The Party will accept no deviations from the Truth!

Note that most of the candidates for President are signatories.


21 posted on 05/02/2007 6:19:15 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: IrishMike
The Rats are trying to intimidate their own house slave. They will whip him and beat him and Broder will fall back in line soon enough. But the truly astounding thing is that the Rats simply cannot tolerate criticism - at all. And it galls them into action when one of their own falls out of step with their tight and rigid script. They will not allow that and thus seek to intimidate this house slave back into submission.
22 posted on 05/02/2007 6:36:16 AM PDT by Obadiah (Republicans - the battered wives of Democrats.)
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To: popdonnelly

Did Lieberman sign the letter? There are 51 RAT senators, including Tim Johnson; otherwise, we’d control the Senate.


23 posted on 05/02/2007 6:39:42 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: IrishMike

The Senate Politburo has spoken against David Broder with one voice.


24 posted on 05/02/2007 6:42:29 AM PDT by AU72
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To: mwl1

Maybe Hagel signed it?


25 posted on 05/02/2007 6:47:40 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: AU72

50 Demwits still cannot take the truth!


26 posted on 05/02/2007 6:50:36 AM PDT by jocko12
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To: mwl1

Liberman being one of two independants may not have signed it.
Not sure.


27 posted on 05/02/2007 6:58:09 AM PDT by IrishMike ( What happens when aliens breed with sheep ? - Democrats)
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To: IrishMike

Next step: True censorship.


28 posted on 05/02/2007 7:02:55 AM PDT by KingRonnie9
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To: KingRonnie9
Next step: True censorship.

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True, the majority of Germans didn’t vote for Hitler.

29 posted on 05/02/2007 7:33:17 AM PDT by IrishMike ( What happens when aliens breed with sheep ? - Democrats)
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To: Obadiah
...the Rats simply cannot tolerate criticism ... and thus seek to intimidate this house slave back into submission.

It's always worked for them in the past. Why change now?

30 posted on 05/02/2007 7:41:17 AM PDT by LantzALot
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To: mwl1; popdonnelly; All

Liberman did sign it.

apparently including both Senator Tim Johnson, still out on rehab, and Senator Lieberman — written a letter to the editor of the Washington Post attacking David Broder for Broder’s April 26 column criticizing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his “gaffes.”
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Democratic Caucus’s Senate Journal

April 27, 2007

Sen. Reid’s Fine Leadership
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
Washington Post
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.

THE MEMBERS

OF THE SENATE

DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

Washington


31 posted on 05/02/2007 7:54:31 AM PDT by IrishMike ( What happens when aliens breed with sheep ? - Democrats)
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To: IrishMike

Like the next President (Fred Thompson) said last night,”let’s give them some rope and see what happens.”


32 posted on 05/02/2007 8:06:03 AM PDT by painter (We celebrate liberty which comes from God not from government.)
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To: IrishMike

I take back half the things I said about ol’ Elmer Fudd.


33 posted on 05/02/2007 9:11:35 AM PDT by paddles
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To: IrishMike
(should read)
His brand of straight talk is honest, comes from the heart and speaks directly to the people enemies of the United States of America.

PS Joe Lieberman is owned by the defeatocrats!!
34 posted on 05/02/2007 9:49:47 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: IrishMike

Imagine if Senate Republicans did something like this! The libtards would call it worse than Hitler.


35 posted on 05/02/2007 9:52:05 AM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Democratshavenobrains

You are so right. The left would be screaming ‘censorship!’ and claiming those evil right wing Republicans were trying to squelch free speech.

Are these Dems such babies they have to cry and complain about a single column?! No wonder they are too afraid to keep fighting a war against terrorists.


36 posted on 05/02/2007 11:24:27 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: IrishMike
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."

"Skill and aplomb"?

Did Hillary write this?

37 posted on 05/02/2007 5:07:14 PM PDT by syriacus (Dems removed our troops too soon from S. Korea. 30,000 US troops died in 30 mos to RE-WIN SK freedom)
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To: syriacus

I guess there’s no longer any room for Broder in the Dems’ “big tent.”


38 posted on 05/02/2007 5:10:08 PM PDT by syriacus (Dems removed our troops too soon from S. Korea. 30,000 US troops died in 30 mos to RE-WIN SK freedom)
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To: bray

Is this standard operating procedure for a political party? I mean to have 50 Dem senators attack an editorialist from the Post? Would any 50 Republican Senators do this to a conservative talk show host in this manner who had criticized Bush? Hastert? DeLay?


39 posted on 05/02/2007 8:27:30 PM PDT by Bishop_Malachi (Liberal Socialism - A philosophy which advocates spreading a low standard of living equally.)
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To: Bishop_Malachi

It is SOP for the Stalinist Party.

Pray for W and Our Troops


40 posted on 05/02/2007 8:32:29 PM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both Enemies of America)
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To: IrishMike
Thanks to Potlatch. It is time that we veto the anti Americans POS's like Reid and Piglosi.


41 posted on 05/09/2007 9:46:11 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (GW has more Honor and Integrity in his little finger than ALL of the losers on the "hate Bush" band)
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To: IrishMike

Liebermann signed it as well?


42 posted on 05/09/2007 9:50:03 AM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: IrishMike

Unbelievable!


43 posted on 05/09/2007 9:51:04 AM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: Hoodat

Yes


44 posted on 05/10/2007 3:47:04 AM PDT by IrishMike ( What happens when aliens breed with sheep ? - Democrats)
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To: IrishMike

You are positive about that? Lieberman was on Hannity’s radio show, strongly criticizing Reid about this.


45 posted on 05/10/2007 4:29:32 AM PDT by Tom_Busch (Karl Rove made me do it.)
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