“Broderism,” named after Washington Post columnist David Broder, is a word invented by left-wing bloggers to express contempt for bipartisanship and political centrism among elected officials.
David Broder writes: One of the intriguing mysteries of this year is why the initial broad support from American business for overhauling the health-care system has not translated into more than a handful of votes from Republicans in the House and Senate.
David Broder has never been a big fan of Harry Reid.The Senate’s top Democrat let it be known on the floor Saturday that the feeling was mutual. Reid described the 80-year-old Washington Post columnist as “a man who has been retired for many years and writes a column once in a while.”
Broder’s failure to see the GOP for what it is today is common among Washington-based pundits.
“David might be one of the worst examples, but he highlights a myopic, inside-the-belt phenomenon that is at odds with the views of many Americans,” said Manley. There’s even a term for such thinking: Broderism.
I am usually pretty quick to criticize ageist remarks like Reid’s but the larger point here is that touting the bipartisan spirit when it simply does not exist is bad punditry at any age.
I actually like the idea that Broder’s age (80) does not give him a free pass in Washington.