Editor’s note: Syndicated columnist David Broder died Wednesday at age 81. Of the many hundreds of Broder’s columns that the Washington Post Writers Group could cite in tribute, this one from May 1992 stands out because it shows his fundamental honesty as he confronts his own — and the country’s— failings when it comes to healing the scars of slavery and racism.
WASHINGTON — Having grown up in the Chicago area, rooting for years for the luckless Cubs and more recently for the hapless Washington Nationals, I feel particularly qualified to comment on the Obama administration’s struggles to find a useful role to play in the crisis wracking Egypt and the wider Arab world, let alone the blizzards in the Midwest and New England.
WASHINGTON — This was a sad time for many of us watching Charlie Rangel receive the censure of his colleagues in the House of Representatives — not because of our disagreement with their judgment but simply because of who he is.
WASHINGTON — The two-day delay until Friday that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson obtained before their debt-management commission decides on their tough-medicine recommendations may not be enough to produce the votes needed to send those proposals on to Congress.
WASHINGTON — Suppose he is serious.
What if Barack Obama is telling the truth about his own beliefs when he says that neither party by itself can realistically hope to solve the challenges facing the United States?
WASHINGTON — If you have any doubts about the real meaning of this month’s midterm elections, let me refer you to the most notable winner in those tests. I am talking about Lisa Murkowski, the re-elected senator from Alaska.
WASHINGTON — Washington began last week to come to grips with the new order of things, a regime in which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holds as much sway as the president of the United States.
WASHINGTON — When the rules of the House of Representatives forced the Democrats to confront a painful choice among their leaders, they did what Democrats are often inclined to do. They changed the rules.
WASHINGTON — When the midterm election cycle began, the prevailing opinion was that Barack Obama was cleverer and more inspirational than anyone else on the scene. As it ends, nothing appears to have changed.
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