Broder: McCain’s ties to Bush, his flip-flopping and his campaign finance crimes don’t matter because Broder knows McCain.

David Broder, the arbiter of the smarty pants D.C. conventional wisdom (CW), has absolved John McCain of all responsibility for his ties to Bush, his flip-flopping, his campaign finance law breaking, his previousunethical behavior, the smarmy lobbyists who run his campaign, and all of the right-wing positions McCain has taken that are outside of the mainstream:

McCain benefits from a long-established reputation as a man who says what he believes. His shifts in position that have occurred in this campaign seem not to have damaged that aura.

Broder thinks the McCain town hall gimmick and Obama’s decision not to accept public financing are the key issues for 2008. (And, like most of the political media, Broder ignores McCain’s own campaign finance illegality even though it was first reported in Broder’s own paper.) Can’t let facts get in the way. Actually, it seems like Obama hasn’t paid due deference to Broder or maybe Broder spent too much time on the McCain bus.

So, Broder has issued his edict. The “insiders” who “define” the conventional wisdom don’t really know Obama — and that’s bad, they say. McCain’s many foibles and the issues don’t matter, just the egos of the punditry. On cue, Chris Cillizza, who is such a CW wannabe, swoons. If Broder says it, Cillizza is going to believe it and write about it and repeat it.

This is what we’re up against this year: Broder and his trusty sidekick, Cillizza, have spoken. Fortunately, the CW is usually just flat out wrong — as we’ve seen over and over and over.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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