3 thoughts on “Gramma Broder Sez…

  1. . as usual, Broder draws the wrong conclusion, re: voter dismay at congress. Broder concludes (without any facts to back up his conclusion) that voter anger at congress is its inability to get anything done. I would conclude (without any facts to back it up, but then again I don’t make my living reporting on the national tea leaves) that voter distaste for congress is its decision NOT to do its job in providing any check on the rogue administration (which adminsitration scares the bejeezes out of 65% of the population).
    History shows that people are strongly in favor of divided government, specifically to avoid the disasters visited upon us by the bushliar-criminal regime. And the rubber-stamp republican congress, including faux maverick, liar loon mccain, have enabled the administraqtion to run amuck, blocking all efforts to limit their criminal and anti-American activities. .

  2. Although Broder does point fingers at Congress, he also blames Bush. He just seems to want to avoid saying his name:
    “What all this suggests is a settled judgment on the part of the majority of Americans that the current leadership of the nation is not doing the job that people expect. This is the government the people chose in 2004, but now they are showing clear signs of buyer’s remorse.”
    But he almost excuses him by saying he’s too tired to do a better job.
    “But there is also a palpable sense of weariness in the executive branch and a need for relief there as well.”
    What it says is that Bush wasn’t up to the job of leading this country, and now he wants to take his toys and go home. The problem is, barring prosecution for his misdeeds with an accompanying trip to a nice, comfy cell, we’ve got him for two more years.
    Looking at all the messes that he and his administration have created, what other relief can he possibly get?

  3. I’ve never seen anyone point out how utterly useless the “right track/wrong track” question is (in Broder’s column, it’s 66% wrong, 32% right). The unwritten assumption, at least in all the examples I’ve seen, seems to be that those 66% are anti-Bush. However, it’s entirely possible, or even likely, that a significant portion of the pro-Bush folks think the country is still far too liberal (gays, Hollywood, Jon Stewart, you know). I’d be very interested to see a clarifying question, something like, “If you answered ‘wrong track’, is it because the nation is trending too liberal or too conservative?”
    In 2004, there were many who expressed surprise that Bush won in spite of such a large “wrong track” percentage. The answer was obvious to me – a lot of people voted for Bushbecause they expected him to put the country back on track, i.e. to agree with their fundamentalist views.

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