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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Post political columnist David Broder dies

By Adam Bernstein

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday in Arlington of complications from diabetes.

Mr. Broder was often called the dean of the Washington press corps — a nickname he earned in his late 30s in part for the clarity of his political analysis and the influence he wielded as a perceptive thinker on political trends in his books, articles and television appearances.

In 1973, Mr. Broder and The Post each won Pulitzers for coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation. Mr. Broder’s citation was for explaining the importance of the Watergate fallout in a clear but compelling way.

A full obituary is available here.

Here is Mr. Broder's last Post column, which ran on Feb. 6. Here also is a collection of his columns.

By Adam Bernstein  | March 9, 2011; 12:49 PM ET
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So sad to learn of Mr. Broder's passing. His was one of the few "voices" I trusted.

Posted by: NewMexicoDeb | March 9, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could say I was sad. This man was a right winger who couldn't see the forest for the trees. he was given far too much credit for nothing.

Posted by: empilou | March 9, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could say I was sad. This man was a right winger who couldn't see the forest for the trees. he was given far too much credit for nothing.

Posted by: empilou | March 9, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Broder being the Dean of the Washington press core is to paraphrase John Stewart like being the skinny guy at fat camp. His leadership of a gang of inside the beltway pundits who claim to channel the thoughts and desires of the great unwashed in flyover country is a fitting commentary on our national press core. He led a group of overpaid hacks who's lap dog subservience to those in political power has blinded them to the down ward spiral our country is in.

Posted by: Trigbe | March 9, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Broder was the leading advocate of a diseased mentality that values deference to Washington DC's social establishment over things like right vs wrong, the truth vs a lie.

Posted by: miket000 | March 9, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

That's very sad.

I didn't always agree with his Leftist views, but I'm saddened to learn of his passing.

Posted by: MikeJonze | March 9, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr Broder was another of the gentle liberal voices that are passing away. I doubt he ever thought his political philosophy would go this badly.

It is a bit disingenuous to ignore the modern understanding of Watergate, a coup engineering by Mark Felt, the #2 man in the FBI, who got his revenge on Nixon for passing him over as the new FBI Director. Woodward and Bernstein were tools used by Felt in his vendetta.

Posted by: mtkennedy11 | March 9, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It is sad to see him go.

But it was also sad to see him writing in recent years - a pale shadow of his former work, profoundly suborned like the rest of the beltway insiders.

Posted by: careysub | March 9, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Cf. mtkennedy11:

He means the "revisionist understanding of Watergate" - one in which actual criminality operating from the White House, and an FBI that would do nothing about it is beside the point.

Mark Felt may have had petty motives, but then many of histories heroes had feet of clay.

Posted by: careysub | March 9, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Truly a journalism great whose fading powers were painful to watch...his take on the illegality of the fourteenth amendment published in Time many years ago was a brilliant analysis and so politically incorrect that it would never see print today. Rest in peace, Mr. Broder.

Posted by: dunblak | March 9, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

To mikjonez - surely you jest. A liberal voice. Not even close. He was in the tank for George Bush and the war and thought the 14th amendment was illegal. Liberal my butt.

Posted by: empilou | March 9, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

David Broder = Stale new deal democrat.

Someone should have asked Mr. Broder how many choose not to purchase health insurance. No health insurance ≠ No health care.

I know that's a shocking revelation for you socialist nanny staters.

RIP Mr. Broder

Posted by: zefal | March 9, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Once upon a time he was a real reporter. Watching him slide into the role of "courtier" was sad. He mistook politeness for seriousness, and that wasn't getting him anywhere here in the Brave New World of Fox, where he is, incredibly, labeled a "leftist."

Posted by: winemule | March 9, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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