HackWatch: Harold Meyerson

Former Reason Burton C. Gray Memorial Intern Jeremy Lott catches the Washington Post columnist flipping on the use of the Senate filibuster.

Writing in the American Prospect after the Republicans cleaned up in the 2002 off-year elections, Meyerson predicted that the nation would "suffer" under united Republican rule. He worried about "all the right-wing judicial appointments that will be ratified, for the Supreme Court on down, now that the Republicans control the Senate" and about the "lack of scrutiny" that the Bush administration could expect "now that the Democrats control no committees."

"Only the filibuster," he warned, "now stands between the nation and the unchecked rule of the most right-wing xenophobic and belligerent administration in the nation's history."

And now?

In his column yesterday in the Washington Post, he praised the House of Representatives for passing Pelosicare and damned the Senate as "Dithering Heights" for its refusal to ram the bill through tomorrow.

"A catastrophic change has overtaken the Senate in recent years," he wrote. Because of the filibuster, "the Senate has become a body that shuns debate, avoids legislative give-and-take, proceeds glacially and produces next to nothing."

Why just "earlier this month" -- that is, November -- "Senate Republicans blocked consideration of an extension of unemployment insurance." And when they "finally let it come to a vote" -- all of several days later, by his account -- "the measure passed 98 to 0."

Meyerson earns a strong 8.5 out of 10 on the completely arbitrary Hackery Index. Well done, Harold!

Prior installments of HackWatch here.

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  • anon||

    Has anyone ever gotten 10 out of 10?

  • Matt Welch Makes Me Sleepy||

    Why yes. Why do you ask?

  • ||

    What is sad is no one ever publicly calls this guys out and confronts them. I would love to see Meyerson invited to and ambushed with this bullshit on a Sunday talk show. Just invite him on and let him drone on about the evils of the Republican filabuster and then read back to him his old collumns. That would be some made for TV entertainment.

  • ||

    I would love to see Meyerson invited to and ambushed with this bullshit on a Sunday talk show.

    He's on the same team as most of the hosts. Like, duh!

  • ||

    I know. I was dreaming for a bit that we actually had an interesting and watchable news media instead of a state run one.

  • robc||

    the Senate has become a body that shuns debate, avoids legislative give-and-take, proceeds glacially and produces next to nothing.

    Not only is he a hack, he is ignorant of history. "Has become"? What the fuck? It has been that way since the beginning. It was designed that way.

  • juris imprudent||

    Besides, that may be the highest praise ever delivered on the World's Greatest Deliberative Body (tm).

  • Obamocrat||

    It's only wrong when they do it.

  • Captain Louis Renault||

    Harold Meyerson a hypocrite?

    I'm shocked -- just shocked!

  • ||

    Seems to me that Meyerson's issues are substantive, not procedural, in both cases. Who's the hack here?

  • ||

    You miss the point. Yes, Meyerson is pissed that his side might not get their way because of a fillabuster and was happy to see the other side not get theirs because of a fillabuster. If he were honest and just admitted that he wants results that would be one thing. Instead, he cloaks his desire for results in some feigned concern over fillabusters. That makes him a hack.

  • Tony||

    Consistency is secondary to the main goal: protecting the country from xenophobic right-wing belligerents.

  • ||

    STFU Tony.

  • Rightwing Tony||

    Consistency is secondary to the main goal: protecting the country from terrorist-loving, America-hating, communists. Congratulations, you're the mirror-image of that which you hate.

  • Tony||

    I understand why some simple people might think so.

  • Art-P.O.G.||

    Because it's so obvious that even a simple person can see it, Tony?

  • ||

    Fake Tony alert.

    This one is probably a spoof.
    I say probably, because it's kinda hard to tell.
    Tony *mgiht* actually say something like that.

    Good work, spoofer.

  • JB||

    What about that hack Stephen Chapman?

    It turns out Hassan had Soldier of Allah on his business cards:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/.....id=9065692

  • Spartacus||

    You don't understand. When Democrats filibuster, it to prevent "the unchecked rule of the most right-wing xenophobic and belligerent administration in the nation's history." When the Republicans filibuster, it's simply to be obstructionist and to put up obstacles to badly needed reform. Plus, it's racist.

  • ||

    Also Stalinist.

  • juris imprudent||

    and just plain MEAN.

  • ||

    You make your interns read Meyerson? Dear god! isn't that against federal labor laws?

  • ||

    isn't that against federal labor laws?

    Not since I set a precedent with Monica

  • ||

    It used to be. Now it's required.

  • ||

    I can't wait for the print media to die so that hacks like this won't have a megaphone anymore.

    Why the fuck should we treat a WaPo columnist with any greater degree of respect than Markos Moulisas?

  • hmm||

    "Only the filibuster," he warned, "now stands between the nation and the unchecked rule of the most right-wing xenophobic and belligerent administration in the nation's history."

    Eerily applicable to more than one President in the last 10 years or so.

  • Morris||

    Hackwatch? Geez, I thought this would be about Jesse Walker.

  • Morris||

    Hackwatch? Geez, I thought this would be about Jesse Walker.

  • mbt||

    hi,
    everybody, take your time and a little bit.jrfhky

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