It will be hard to imagine the landscape of political commentary without him. A lot of pundits–especially on the Left–have taken mean and nasty shots at Broder in the past, mocking his deanship of the Washington press corps in the process, but to the best of my knowledge, Broder never saw the need to engage them. He probably figured that he had nothing to prove to this particular set of critics, and that they were ankle-biters down to their very cores. And he was probably right.
Broder, of course, had plenty of fans. Here’s Dan Balz’s remembrance. Here’s the Washington Post’s main article, commemorating Broder’s passing–an article that is filled with affection. NPR remembers as well. I didn’t know until today that Broder was a diabetic, and I certainly didn’t know that his devotion to his work made it necessary for doctors to amputate his feet.
Requiescat in pace.