December 30, 2007

David Broder's Dream Campaign

David Broder must have been wearing a shiteating grin as he penned this piece reporting that finally the centrists are coming out to discuss a Unity government. Democrats and Republicans are being put on notice that if they don't "compromise" and "come to the center", the center will be yanked out from under them.

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a potential independent candidate for president, has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans, who will join him in challenging the major-party contenders to spell out their plans for forming a "government of national unity" to end the gridlock in Washington.

Those who will be at the Jan. 7 session at the University of Oklahoma say that if the likely nominees of the two parties do not pledge to "go beyond tokenism" in building an administration that seeks national consensus, they will be prepared to back Bloomberg or someone else in a third-party campaign for president.

Conveners of the meeting include such prominent Democrats as former senators Sam Nunn (Ga.), Charles S. Robb (Va.) and David L. Boren (Okla.), and former presidential candidate Gary Hart. Republican organizers include Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.), former party chairman Bill Brock, former senator John Danforth (Mo.) and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman.

What would this Unity Government do? It would be used to rebuild our tattered military and our national security policies so we won't look so divided to our enemies and build a national consensus on how to take our nation forward. Let me be so bold as to predict what we'd see: we'd have cuts in Social Security to balance the budget, some small steps to cover one or two percent of the people who don't have health care coverage, and some incremental action on global warming. But if Broder is correct, we won't have gridlock.

Isn't that just peachy keen?

Posted by Mary at December 30, 2007 12:59 AM | Elections | Technorati links |

From reading "Boys on the Bus" and "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail," I gather that Broder used to be a serious and respected political reporter, but his columns are so inane that I can't bring myself to read them anymore. Maybe his work as a reporter 40 years ago still leads some people to respect him as a columnist, or maybe it's just his age and long years at the Post. Really, though, it's past time for him to retire.

PS -- The sunlight foundation auto-link for Hagel is an interesting touch.

Posted by: sean at December 30, 2007 05:48 AM

Kibaki reelected

Zadari new leader of Pakistans PPP

Posted by: ccoaler at December 30, 2007 08:11 AM

Broder started as a reporter and then was invited to the parties that mattered and now he has the same ideas as the hosts. Wrong, but he gets RSVP.

Posted by: Mold at December 31, 2007 12:26 PM