Why Do I Still Read This?

Every now and then, I wonder why I still bother to read the Washington Post editorial page, especially on Sunday, which is usually David Broder day. Anyway, yesterday Broder did one of those truly odd things that David Broder does, essentially arguing that this election doesn’t matter, because both candidates are essentially the same and whoever wins they’ll “bring change.”

Look, David Broder is a great reporter. Maybe one of the 5 best Washington reporters in the past generation. But his “analysis” is flat out malpractice, and it’s columns like these that really underscore them. There are gigantic differences between Obama and McCain. For example, McCain wants to start a new Cold War with Russia. Obama doesn’t. McCain thinks the bulk of any tax cuts should go to the richest people in the country, at a time when the top 1% account for the largest share of total wealth in this country since the 1920’s. Obama thinks the middle and working classes could use some of that relief. McCain wants to unravel the employer based health insurance system and push everyone into the individual markets where coverage can be denied by taxing insurance benefits.

No matter which side of these arguments you fall on, the fact still remains that there are very real, very substantial, very important differences between John McCain and Barack Obama that the next election will decide on. Instead of playing word games to make these differences disappear in the name of some misguided “bipartisanship” that David Broder and the rest of the elite, print, media worship, the media ought to do their jobs and inform the public of what these differences are, and what each choice would mean for the next 4 years of American government.

And David Broder ought to be retired for doing harm to our democratic system with this imbecillic misinformation.

On the other hand, Sebastian Mallaby is all over McCain today, furthering the trend of WaPo leading the charge in terms of calling out McCain’s dishonesties. Maybe David Broder ought to spend more time reading his own paper.