It is a little known secret that David Broder lives in an assisted care facility in Washington DC and travels to the WP from time to time to share his political dementia with Fred Hiatt. And Fred always shares Broder’s dementia with the readers of the paper. This is how Broder’s dementia becomes conventional wisdom in the village instead of being the ravings of an old man who long ago parted ways with cognitive political thought. It is an embarrassment for all involved in this bit of Beltway hucksterism.
One can read a fine take-down of the latest cut and paste demented ravings of this ancient beltway maven of nonsense over at the Washington Monthly. This sentence pretty much summed up everything Broder has ever written, how Hiatt organizes the Washington Post editorial pages and the prevailing organizing belief of DC’s villagers:
Broder’s entire vision of current events appears to be filtered through a Republican lens.
It is dementia to think that everything must be filtered and vetted through Wing-nut talking points, memes, myths and fantasies. And yet that is how the Villagers think. It is pathetic to see folks promoting Broder’s chronicle of dementia as political wisdom instead of recognizing his haphazard word strings for the gibberish that they are.
Perhaps all of this helps to explain how John McCain was on Sunday talk shows this week for “the first time ever”.