Seventy-seven year-old Washington Post political columnist David Broder, usually a water boy for Team Democrat, refused to carry the bottles one day and angered the thirsty left. Broder’s offense? Saying that Alberto Gonzalez should resign — oh, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said the war in Iraq “is lost.”

The Democrats seem to think that the Washington Press Corps works for them (maybe they do), as fifty Democrats have channeled Benito Mussollini and written to the Washington Post attacking Broder for having the audacity to remove his nose from their butt for one second. The Dems found out about it after Broder didn’t show up as a polyp during their colonoscopy exams last week. An immediate search party was dispatched to bring him back.

An editorial in the New York Sun speculates as to why Reid’s white flag waving bothered Broder, and it sounds as good a theory as any:

One starts to get the feeling here that some of the divides in the rift between Mr. Broder and the Democratic caucus are not so much political but cultural. The chairman of the Washington Post Company, Donald Graham, served in Vietnam, and Mr. Broder himself is an army veteran.

The notion of a Washington politician declaring a war lost even as American GIs are appearing in arms on the field of battle in the cause of freedom abroad, well it has a way of grating on those who have worn the uniform, a fact that many of Mr. Broder’s readers, if not the 50 senators, understand.

Don’t worry, Democrats. Broder’s arms are rested now, and I’m sure he’s ready to carry more water than ever for you — if he isn’t already.

What’s most obvious and somewhat comical is that the Democrats, self-described guarantors of free speech and freedom of the press, are actually writing angry letters to the editor when a columnist doesn’t fall in line. Come on, guys, it’s just Harry Reid — you’d think by the Dems reaction, Broder had called for tax cuts or a repeal of Roe v. Wade.

The problem is, the more Democrats write to newspapers defending one of their fellow slimeballs, the more everybody learns about Harry Reid. Sorry, Democrats, but your war to protect Harry Reid “is lost.”


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