Senate Caucus Broder letter: not so smart, maybe?

My main concern would be with the precedent that such a letter sets.

Now, the Broder piece seems not casual about the facts, but straining for the most extreme counterfactuality that it can manage.

For propaganda to be effective, it must be sufficiently grounded in fact to persuade readers to swallow the false elements.

No reasonably attentive Post reader could view as other than absurd a comparison between Reid and Gonzales.

The person the piece makes look grossly incompetent is Broder.

And - there are detailed points I could make on the content and style of the Caucus letter.

My concern, though, is with sending the letter at all.

What happens the next time some Times or Post op-ed takes a crazy, fact-free swing at a leading Dem MC? (Pelosi, I seem to recall got some hits earlier in the year.)

Do the Congressional leaderships intend to send a rebuttal letter ever time this happens?

And then there's the unanimity point: it's great that even CT Joe could be persuade to come to the aid of the party.

What if, next time, there are one or two MCs who can't square it with their (for want of a better word) conscience to join their colleagues?

Immediately, the media will pounce, and say the party is losing cohesion.

What about the history of such letters? (History, if conservatively interpreted, may be some guide.) I cannot think of similar letters, but it would not surprise me if there were some.

Then one has to consider whether the purpose of the Broder piece - of no journalistic value - was not to goad Dem senators into just such a reaction, with a view to setting up a yardstick for responses to future such outrages.

Points to ponder further.

Tags: Broder Piece Comparing Reid to Gonzales, journalism, Textual Analysis (all tags)

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call me chicken little

but I agree wholeheartedly.

Harry Reid doesn't need defending.  Our case against the war needs making.

Every last thing that the GOP is doing right now is directed towards that end.

This moment is very similar to July/August 2004.

What a shame.

by kid oakland 2007-04-27 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Senate Caucus Broder letter: not so smart, may

You make a good point. Broder is a fuck-tard and I think anybody who didn't think so, before the Reid/Gonzales comparison, does so now. The letter does make a bad precident. What happens when a Dem legitimately criticizes a Repub senator. Do they get to send a letter?

by Intercaust 2007-04-27 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Senate Caucus Broder letter: not so smart, may

Broder may be nothing much but to the Beltway bullies he's a very big deal.  Getting hit and staying cool didn't work with the Swift Boat crowd and it won't work with Broder.  Republicans never keep their powder dry but attack, attack, attack.  The last time this above the fray attitude worked was with Woodrow Wilson in 1916 ("There is such a thing as being too proud to fight" and he was keeping the US out of the bloodbath of WWI).

Nope.  Stick him back hard.  Maybe next time Broder will hesitate.

by David Kowalski 2007-04-27 02:24PM | 0 recs

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