Washington Post columnist David Broder is not well liked on the lefty blogosphere, mainly because he is so in the tank for Bush and Karl Rove that his columns are often filled with equivocations and falsehoods and willful omissions and lots of cheerleading for Dubya. Well, the Internets scored an important victory over Broder yesterday when he finally admitted he was wrong about something.
Flashback to February 16, 2007 - a day that would live in blog infamy (blinfamy?). On that day, Broder wrote a dumb column titled "Bush Regains His Footing" in which he said:
It may seem perverse to suggest that, at the very moment the House of Representatives is repudiating his policy in Iraq, President Bush is poised for a political comeback. But don't be astonished if that is the case.
So, the entire Internet bet Broder a million billion of whatever pretend currency they have in the Harry Potter books that he'd be absolutely wrong, and a year later, they were right. And: they got Broder to admit he was wrong during an online chat yesterday:
Long Island, N.Y.: Mr. Broder, thanks for taking time today for this chat. About a year ago you wrote a column where you stated: "It may seem perverse to suggest that, at the very moment the House of Representatives is repudiating his policy in Iraq, President Bush is poised for a political comeback. But don't be astonished if that is the case." I think it's safe to say that this comeback has yet to materialize. In your opinion, what has transpired over the last 12-plus months where Bush has failed to capitalize on any opportunity to garner any significant increase in support outside his high-20 percent core backers?
David S. Broder: That was certainly one of my less astute observations. He has been less flexible in the past year than I expected after the 2006 election, and I think he continues to pay a price for his rigidity. On the S-CHIP program, for one example.
So, yeah, total burn on David Broder. One less-than-astute observation down, several thousand more to go!