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  •  it's orthodoxy (6+ / 0-)

    He's a religious believer in pragmatism.   Pragmatism is a faith that an existing Establishment will continue to hold power perpetually.  It works nicely when the Establishment in question is firmly entrenched and keeps the country running according to fixed choices.

    When the Establishment involved in fact is dying and losing grip and changing, its Believers (the likes of David Broder and David Brooks) look like adherents of a failing and absurd religion.

    Renewal, not mere Reform.

    by killjoy on Fri May 04, 2007 at 01:48:42 PM PDT

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    •  Well, "pragmatism" at least (1+ / 0-)
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      dougymi

      I wouldn't want to label that sort of Establishment thinking as pragmatism.  I'll settle for "pragmatism" in scarequotes though.

      •  yah (1+ / 0-)
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        I tend to look at it more as Establishmentarianism.  broder is the High Priest of the Establishment, spelling out dogma in the form of his columns that all should believe, much as the imams send out their fatwas.  All broder needs is the red robe and he could easily pass for a new age Richelieu.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Fri May 04, 2007 at 03:22:50 PM PDT

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