Setting Broder Straight

The entire membership of the Democratic Caucus, including Joe Lieberman, wrote this letter responding to David Broder's silliness:

Sen. Reid's Fine Leadership

Friday, April 27, 2007; A22

We, the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, contest the attack on Sen. Harry Reid's leadership by David S. Broder in his April 26 column, "The Democrats' Gonzales."

In contrast to Mr. Broder's insinuations, we believe Mr. Reid is an extraordinary leader who has effectively guided the new Democratic majority through these first few months with skill and aplomb.

The Democratic caucus is diverse, and Mr. Reid has worked tirelessly to make sure that the views of each member are heard and represented. No one ideology dominates the caucus, so that a consensus can be reached and unity achieved. It is hard to imagine a better model for leadership.

Because Mr. Reid has the support of members of the caucus, is a good listener and has an amazing ability to synthesize views and bring people together, the Senate has accomplished a great deal during his time as majority leader. Armed with his years of service in the Senate and with a mastery of procedure, Mr. Reid has led the chamber with a slim majority and a minority that is, at times, determined to stop legislation with which it disagrees.

In the first 100 days alone, we made great strides under his leadership on long-neglected legislation concerning stem cell research, the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations and the minimum wage, to name three. In addition, under Mr. Reid's leadership, we have fulfilled our obligation, left uncompleted by last year's Republican-led Senate, to fund the federal government. He has accomplished all of this in the face of stiff opposition and with a commitment to giving ideas full opportunity for debate.

Finally, in this age of scripted politicians speaking only to their base or claiming that they "don't recall" anything, the fact that Mr. Reid speaks his mind should be applauded, not derided. His brand of straight talk is honest, comes from the heart and speaks directly to the people.


It is ridiculous to pay attention to fools like Broder, but this letter merits attention.

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    at huffington post (none / 0) (#1)
    by orionATL on Fri Apr 27, 2007 at 08:27:55 AM EST
    paul begala wrote that david broder was a gasbag.

    i think that's about right.

    I'd have liked it if the Senators had said it too. (none / 0) (#2)
    by kindness on Fri Apr 27, 2007 at 08:33:51 AM EST
    But I also acknowledge that the Democratic Senators have more dignity and integrity than Broder has had for years.

    uh oh (none / 0) (#3)
    by orionATL on Fri Apr 27, 2007 at 08:39:57 AM EST
    it's probably a good idea to look before you shoot.

    btd covered begala in a post below.

    sorry, btd

    Did Lieberman really sign that? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Geekesque on Fri Apr 27, 2007 at 09:24:26 AM EST
    The WaPo says that it was signed by Reid's '50 colleagues' in the caucus.

    That would include Joementum.

    The letter is nice, I like to a few knuckles (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Apr 27, 2007 at 10:51:55 AM EST
    from my party when people are ugly to them.  The scripted politicians that "can't recall" is priceless.