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Broder answers lambert!

Now I can die happy:

Philadelphia: Would you say that a press (in the person of Fred Hiatt) that cheers on an attack on Iran; a president who refuses accountability for Iraq; a Congress that is unable or unwilling to hold him accountable; and consultants who focus on tiny triangulations and meaningless sound bites; together all signal the complete collapse of the Beltway as a functional ruling class? [See here--Lambert]. Or do you believe the collapse is only partial?

David S. Broder: I would say the disability is partial, not complete. There ares till independent voices and still people working within the system to try to make it function and meet its responsibilities. But the problems you cite are real, and I do not minimize them.

Well, yes, you do.

But I can't believe I got a question posted with the words "functional ruling class" in it!

And I was happy with the loaded nature of "Do you believe the collapse is total or partial" as well. Ah, the simple pleasures....

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Submitted by leah on

The remarkable aspect of his response, Lambert, or seems to me, is that he thought you were responding to his own output on the need for independence from the two parties, until they start cooperating with one another as per Broder, which, as we have exhaustively documented on this blog, means Democrats have to not only show a willingness to eat shit, but have to meet their daily minimum shit requirement 24/7.

Submitted by lambert on

Daily Minimum Shit Requirement! I love it!

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by intranets on

it appears TPM has "fuck david broder" all locked up in google, but all forms of "teabag" goes to here.

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Submitted by shystee on

Your comment sneaked (snuck?) past not only Broder's Brain Noodles [a new food product?] but also whatever WaPo flack was manning the chat session.

The chances of changing Broder's mind are nil, but all the people who were reading the chat transcripts were exposed to your "Beltway Ruling Class" meme-virus.

(quality of meme virulence) X (size of audience) = degree of change in mass opinion

Here's to a high infection rate!

Submitted by lambert on

Actually, my comment was not only published, but touched up; those semi-colons are from WaPo's online copy desk.

Oddly, Broder's copy was absolutely full of typos.

I like the formula. One might think of the virulence metric as measuring what it takes to cross the gaps in the triangles?

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

that there are some shiny independents and nonpartisans somewhere that will save the day--even after years of evidence to the contrary. And he never recognizes that it's the GOP that created this hyper-partisan political scene.

They should retire him and everyone else at WaPo except for Milbank.

Submitted by jawbone on

I haven't read him in a long, long time -- has he improved?

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that he has to actually talk to and respond to people who aren't pundits or vips.

the only people he talks to outside of DC are the imaginary ones he makes up for his columns when he needs a "folksy regular American in the Heartland" to prop up his idiocy.

Submitted by lambert on

Say it's not so, Amberglow!

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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