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It’s conventional wisdom that Haynes Johnson and David S. Broder purvey wisdom more conventional than anyone else’s. But their new book, The System, is a virtual CW apotheosis. In the book, these BWPs (Bald White Posties) exhaustively examine the debate over (and ultimate failure of) health care reform. Their stunning conclusions? Lobbyists have too much power! Democrats and Republicans practice “rank political partisanship”! Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to reform too much, too fast! Congress can’t move quickly! It takes Johnson and Broder 650 pages to uncover these breathtaking revelations. They criticize fellow reporters for “insider” coverage—for not telling people “how the various plans would affect them and their families.” Their boring retread of political-process minutiae seems like an odd antidote. Trade banalities with Johnson and Broder at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. FREE. (202) 965-9880. (John Cloud)