Monday, November 23, 2009

Harry Reid slams David Broder on Senate floor

This weekend I wrote about David Broder's attack on the Senate health care bill in the Washington Post.  Broder's column is here.  My blog about it is here.  Since then, I have learned that the article also caught Harry Reid's attention after Mitch McConnell hit him over the head with it on the floor of the Senate Saturday.  Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters has the best recap:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Saturday said the Senate shouldn't "focus on a man who has been retired for many years and writes a column once in a while."

This comment was directed at Washington Post columnist David Broder whose article to be published Sunday and already available online was harshly criticial of the healthcare bills in both chambers of Congress.

Given Broder's well-known stance as a left-leaning writer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) referred to the piece in his opening remarks to Saturday's healthcare legislation debate noting that the Post's "distinguished senior columnist, certainly not a political conservative, expresses his reservation as a citizen about the steps that we could be about to take."

This led Reid to make his disparaging remark moments later (video embedded below the fold, relevant sections at 1:00 and 8:45):
I have posted the video here.

Sheppard finds that Reid didn't have this sketchy opinion of Broder just a year ago:
What a difference a year makes, for according to The Hill, "In 2004, Reid praised Broder as 'a long-time syndicated columnist who is nonpartisan and fair' and last year, he called him a 'moderate columnist.'"
Senator Reid's Health Care bill cuts Medicare payments by $500 million.  The White House used the advanced age of Gerald Walpin to justify his firing.  It should come as no surprise that the Senate majority leader would dismiss one of Washington's most respected liberal journalists as an old retired geezer.

The left will do whatever it takes to pass this monstrosity.  We must do whatever it takes to stop them.

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