If the Washington Post wants to last even a decade, it should fire David Broder now. Let's turn the mike over to Joshua Micah Marshall:
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: September 24, 2006 - September 30, 2006 Archives: Last week [Broder wrote that] the confrontation over torture and kangaroo courts was the critical turning point in the battle between the lawless Bush presidency and the 'independents', a moment with a truly "epic dimension".... [T]here is a consensus... on both sides of the aisle... [and] among policy experts and political analysts that the three senators [Graham, Warner, and McCain] caved.... Bush got what he needed on this epic question of "both constitutional and international law."...
I was more than a little eager to see what Broder made of the come-down. But he seems to have decided that brevity is the soul of wisdom. Or rather, sub-brevity. He doesn't mention it at all. The word 'torture', the whole topic, go wholly unmentioned in the Dean's second paean to independence. Epic last week, old hat this week.
How can we think that there's anything more here than a long twilight struggle to make politics safe for those willing to stand up for and cater to insiderism?