Wednesday, May 02, 2007

NY Sun to Ds: Stop Whining

We break relative silence to draw attention to a most poignant moment in politics and journalism. It develops like this:

So David Broder, mega-columnist at WaPo, writes a column criticizing Harry Reid (D-Opportunism) for his public statement that the Iraq war is "lost."

Then the Senate Democratic Caucus (motto: "pretending that we rule the Free World with fifty senators plus that guy from Connecticut whose guts we all hate") sends a letter (the blessed Joe Lieberman's 51st signature unattached) to Broder protesting his column.

Then the NY Sun opines on the whole matter with delightful understatement. We quote generously:

The episode illuminates how thin-skinned and intolerant the left is in this country of a press corps that is anything less than completely pliant. It began with the Democratic presidential candidates refusing to participate in a presidential debate that would be aired on the Fox News Channel, a network so reflexively right-wing that its regular paid contributors include Michael Dukakis's campaign manager Susan Estrich, National Public Radio's Mara Liasson, and the 2006 Democratic candidate for Senate in Tennessee, Harold Ford Jr. First they came for Fox News Channel, then they came for David Broder.

One starts to get the feeling here that some of the divides in the rift between Mr. Broder and the Democratic caucus are not so much political but cultural. The chairman of the Washington Post Company, Donald Graham, served in Vietnam, and Mr. Broder himself is an army veteran. The notion of a Washington politician declaring a war lost even as American GIs are appearing in arms on the field of battle in the cause of freedom abroad, well it has a way of grating on those who have worn the uniform, a fact that many of Mr. Broder's readers, if not the 50 senators, understand.

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