Broder: Reid Is Parochial, Uninspiring Leader

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This past Saturday, at the beginning of a marathon health care debate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a pot shot at Washington Post columnist, and liberal bête noir David Broder.

“To focus on a man who has been retired for many years and writes a column once in a while is not where we should be,” Reid said.

Well now Broder, typically not much one for diving into the mud, is hitting back.

“I hope he’s more accurate about the [health care] bill than he is about me,” Broder told Politico. “And I’m not retired.”

Broder didn’t limit his critique to Reid’s accuracy, and hammered the Nevada senator for his parochial approach to leadership.“Maybe I have an idealized view of what a Senate leader ought to be,” Broder said. “But I’ve seen the Senate when a leader could lift it to those heights.”

“I think the Senate has, through different periods, had wonderful leadership,” Broder added. “I wish it had that kind of leadership now.”

“I’ve been very disappointed by what I’d call the parochialism of Sen. Reid’s approach to his job and his responsibilities.”

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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