Thursday, December 20, 2007


David Broder, who if life was an ice cream parlor would not be vanilla, but the round cardboard 5-gallon container it comes in, manages to write yet another timeless column, where he surmises the Presidential race from Mount Wanklympus.

Timeless, because when you subtract the cuts and the pastes it could have been written in any prior election...and was.

Although he does take time to get in a dig at a woman, the editor of the Des Moines Register, who, because she isn't in Washington, becomes a suitable target for all manner of misogynistic beltway scorn.

But what of "the Dean" and his ever-Beltway beloved reporting powers?

Yeah, well there's that problem too:

In the most-watched speech of his political career, speaking on “Faith in America” at College Station, Texas, earlier this month, Mitt Romney evoked the strongest of all symbolic claims to civil-rights credentials: “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”...

Asked about the specifics of George Romney’s march with MLK, Mitt Romney’s campaign told the Phoenix that it took place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. That jibes with the description proffered by David S. Broder in a Washington Post column written days after Mitt’s College Station speech.

Broder, in that column, references a 1967 book he co-authored on the Republican Party, which included a chapter on George Romney. It includes a one-line statement that the senior Romney “has marched with Martin Luther King through the exclusive Grosse Pointe suburb of Detroit.”

But that account is incorrect. King never marched in Grosse Pointe, according to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, and had not appeared in the town at all at the time the Broder book was published. “I’m quite certain of that,” says Suzy Berschback, curator of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. (Border was not immediately available for comment [ed: Are you kidding, "Matlock" was on!?])

Berschback also believes that George Romney never appeared at a protest, march, or rally in Grosse Pointe. “We’re a small town,” she says. “Governors don’t come here very often, except for fundraisers.”

In fact, King’s only appearance in Grosse Pointe, according to Berschback, took place after Broder’s book was published.

That was for a March 14 speech he delivered at Grosse Pointe High School, just three weeks before King was assassinated. But there was no march, and George Romney was not there.

Nice reportin' there slick.


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