I did not come and collect David Broder just because he was occasionally simplistic or too forgiving.
Although he was.
And I don't praise him here because he was insightful and did the incredibly hard legwork of talking to precinct captains and pollwatchers. Although he was and did.
And I certainly don't post this because he showed up on television a lot.
He treated that like a necessary evil, and he remained a reporter and writer while many did, and do, not.
I posted him because he was, by all accounts,a really decent man, and a baseball nut.
As this obituary from his newspaper, the Washington Post, noted:
As passionate about baseball as he was about politics, he likened Nixon's political career to an often-traded pitcher who had "bounced around his league."
81 years -- a pretty good run.