I think the entire progressive blogosphere can get behind the Senate Majority Leader on this one:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Saturday morning criticized a Washington Post columnist who called Democratic healthcare bills “budget-busters.”

“Now, Madam President, to focus on an editorial written by a man who has been retired for many years and writes a column once in a while is not where we should be,” he said in his speech on the House floor.

In his column this week, the Washington Post’s David Broder said that the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the House and Senate healthcare bill did not paint a full picture of the negative effect they would have on the federal budget.

Reid was reacting to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who read parts of Broder’s column aloud on the Senate floor today.

It’s worth taking a look at Broder’s mess of a column. Here are the sources for his claim that the House and Senate health care bills will bust the budget:

… the executive director of the Concord Coalition, a fiscal-scold group founded by fiscal scold emeritus Pete Peterson, who pops up every time there’s a Democratic President to yammer about the deficit, while going silent during times of millionaire tax cuts and trillion-dollar wars,

… Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which is ALSO a Pete Peterson organization, as the Peter G. Peterson Foundation funds them,

… Douglas Holtz-Eakin, John McCain’s chief economic advisor during the 2008 campaign.

This represents the opinions from across the political spectrum which agree with Broder’s contention. Two foundations funded by the same person, and McCain’s econ guy.

The truth is that Broder would rather see 45,000 Americans die from a lack of health insurance because his right-wing buddies want to keep financing tax cuts for the wealthy and the war machine while crying poor about everything else.

So if Harry Reid wants to call Broder a dilettante, I don’t think there’s a strong argument against it.