Brodertastic

Ron Fournier wins the 2013 David Broder award for his column arguing “sure, Republicans are nuts. But why won’t President Obama cave to their wishes to avoid the sequester? Also, we need to destroy social programs to cut deficits, a political action absolutely vital even though no one outside of the Beltway supports it.”

32 comments on this post.
  1. cpinva:

    yes, i think broder may even be jealous.

  2. JKTHs:

    Cmon Erik you’re selling David Brooks short. You can’t be getting voter fatigue with him. He wrote the exact same column, blaming Obama for not proposing a “politically plausible” alternative. Course when you think about for all of two seconds, that translates to “please negotiate with yourself and cave entirely”

  3. Scott S.:

    Why should Fournier care? He’ll still get paid, no matter what — and isn’t that what America is all about anyway?

  4. Brandon:

    “If it’s about governing, the story changes: In any enterprise, the chief executive is ultimately accountable for success and failure.”

    protip: our government isn’t set up like a corporation

  5. JKTHs:

    I’m pretty sure it’s more like a household. Or something.

  6. brewmn:

    I don’t think this is directed as Obama as much as it’s directed at Paul Krugman for his heretical statements suggesting that maybe Teh Deficit should not be the government’s Priority Number One. Those statements have really pissed of a lot of the People Whose Opinions Matter.

  7. Scott S.:

    Important Exception: Republican presidents are not to be blamed for failures. Those are entirely the fault of Democrats.

  8. Seitz:

    It’s amazing that someone could rise to the level Fournier has reached without understanding the dynamic between a CEO and his employees, or alternatively the dynamic between a President and Congress.

  9. John:

    I think the paraphrase of Billy Joel is what takes this one over the top.

  10. Steve LaBonne:

    People, you’re really trying a little to hard on this one. The simple reality is that Fournier is and always has been a Republican hack, so naturally he’s shilling for the Republican position. It’s what he does.

  11. JKTHs:

    The column would have been more accurate if he quoted the song verbatim: “You may be right, I may be crazy”

  12. Njorl:

    Where do these people get the idea that Americans are “fed up” with the partisan wrangling? Are there 800,000 people on The Mall protesting against it? People disapprove of it. That’s all.

  13. rea:

    You may be right–the Republicans are crazy. But they just might be the lunatics we’re looking for. Turn out the lights. Don’t try to save us . . .

  14. BigHank53:

    This was why I would have actually supported a Trump candidacy. How long would it take his head to explode once he grasped that he couldn’t fire Congressmen, Senators, SC justices, state governors, and individual citizens?

    This is also why “run the government like a business” is such a pudding-headed idea.

  15. joe from Lowell:

    “Someone needs to be the grownup.”

    Because being the grownup means letting the children do whatever they want, for the sake of peace. What?

  16. max:

    But why won’t President Obama cave to their wishes to avoid the sequester? Also, we need to destroy social programs to cut deficits, a political action absolutely vital even though no one outside of the Beltway supports it.

    Now that is the One True High Broderism, unencumbered by tasteless logic. And with a display of the purest uncut Low Broderism from Brooks today, truly, it is a banner day.

    max
    ['All Things Bad and Wrong.']

  17. David Hunt:

    Too case specific. Let’s try for the general rule: “In all cases of failure, blame is to assigned to the most prominent Democrat that can be somehow associated with the failed undertaking.”

  18. Jesse Levine:

    8 to 5 Obama does fold on revenue. 3 to 1 in favor of the chained CPI. Over/under on cuts to Medicare 700 million, Medicaid 300 million. I hope I’m wrong.

  19. Hogan:

    I think all right thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not! And I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.

  20. joe from Lowell:

    Let me get this straight: in the 2011 deal, when he was in a weaker political position, he got entitlement benefits specifically excluded from the sequester cuts.

    He didn’t do it in the April 2011 deal. He didn’t do it in the debt ceiling deal. He didn’t do it in the fiscal cliff deal. But now, he’s going to agree to change the cuts in the sequester to include the very things he refused to allow back then?

    And he’s going to do so as part of a deal that doesn’t include revenues. All this time, you’ve been saying that it was only the Republicans’ refusal to take a taxes-for-benefits-cuts deal that saved us from Neolibaggeddon, but now, in the strongest negotiating position he’s yet found himself, he’s going to give them away without getting revenues in return.

    That’s quite a prediction.

  21. JKTHs:

    I might take the over on Medicare just because it’s such a small number and there’s been plenty of small bore Medicare policies that would involve more money than that. Then again, if you mean Medicare benefits I’ll take the under.

    Frankly, I don’t think much of anything is going to happen until the debt ceiling, if even then.

  22. wengler:

    I went to the Credit Union this week and looked at the board where they had the rates on treasury bonds.

    0.01s across the board.

    Yeah, let’s hack and slash. No one wants to lend money to the US government. I mean if the federal budget was a household budget, it makes much more sense to let the kids starve than have to pay dime’s interest on a thousand dollars.

  23. njorl:

    I’m tired of that, but sick of sportswriters bitching about athletes taking PEDs, so I’m not really sick and tired of anything right now.

  24. njorl:

    Left-handed black Presidents always cover the spread on Medicare in their second terms.

  25. Philip:

    For sufficiently weak definitions of “associated”

  26. cpinva:

    certainly true.

    “Those statements have really pissed of a lot of the People Whose Opinions Matter.”

    how dare dr. krugman bring empirical facts to the table, that’s so declasse’. that, and it gets in the way of all those lovely cocktail shrimp!

    true confession: i’m really irked at my parents right now. they insisted i get an education that would actually enable me to be gainfully employed. i spent four years, in a downward spiral of accounting, law, math, statistics and econ. on top of that, i then spent months studying for and passing the cpa exam. all that time wasted! i could have spent it partying, then become a highly compensated beltway pundit, which requires little in the way of actual knowledge of how things work.

    i’m not sure i can ever forgive my parents. do you have even the slightest idea how mind numbingly dull cost accounting is?

  27. cpinva:

    that, and he and his beltway comrades have some strange notions about government spending. to read/listen to them, they appear to believe (and i’m only half way joking here) that government expenditures disappear into some “black hole of calcutta”, never to be seen or heard from again, except defense spending. it has no effect on the economy as whole (again, except for defense spending), and is thus simply “wasted” funds.

    either these people are truly, well and totally clueless, or they’ve adopted that facade, in order to get paid. either way, they’re a danger to themselves and others.

  28. Davis X. Machina:

    …do you have even the slightest idea how mind numbingly dull cost accounting is?

    Not in the UK it isn’t.

    Oh, wait. That’s lion-taming.

  29. Davis X. Machina:

    Are there 800,000 people on The Mall protesting against it?

    Nearly that. Halve that number and you have the Colbert/Stewart rally, based exactly on that premise.

  30. JustRuss:

    that’s the first reasonable argument in favor of a Trump presidency I’ve ever read. It would almost be worth it….

  31. commie atheist:

    Gay congressman Barney Frank caused the financial crisis by forcing banks to lend money to Negroes! No lie!

  32. Jeff:

    Please give Graham Chapman his due…

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