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After Broder Slams Reid, Begala Slams Broder

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After Broder Slams Reid, Begala Slams Broder

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David Broder wrote a column today slamming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, even comparing him to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Paul Begala quickly offered a scathing response to Broder in a blog entry on HuffingtonPost.com, saying the Washington Post Writers Group columnist "suck(s) up to power."

Broder wrote: "Here's a Washington political riddle where you fill in the blanks: As Alberto Gonzales is to the Republicans, Blank Blank is to the Democrats -- a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance. If you answered 'Harry Reid,' give yourself an A. ..."

Like various Republicans who still support the Iraq War, Broder criticized Reid for saying that war is lost militarily. The conservative-leaning columnist noted: "Instead of reinforcing the important proposition -- defined by the Iraq Study Group -- that a military strategy for Iraq is necessary but not sufficient to solve the myriad political problems of that country, Reid has mistakenly argued that the military effort is lost but a diplomatic-political strategy can still succeed."

Begala, who has been a liberal CNN political commentator and political consultant, countered: "A man generally given to soporific prose, Broder has been downright venomous lately. …

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