The great David Broder died today. He was 81.
Broder received plenty of grief from liberals over the last decade or more, much of it in my view deserved. What younger liberals may not fully realize is that Broder had been a truly great reporter. Outstanding. And, as Ross Baker says in the WaPo obit, Broder was a leader in listening to, and taking seriously, academic experts. Just as he was a leader at listening to, and taking seriously, voters.
In recent years, I was as eager as anyone to bash Broder for his prejudices when it came to politics and public policy. When it comes down to it, Broder was a much better reporter than he was a columnist...when he used the column to supplement his reporting, then it was an okay fit, but when it was just his opinions, I thought he ran into trouble.
But the truth is we know a lot more about the world because of all that reporting David Broder did. We could use a lot more like him. He was a great American, and will be missed.