Sunday, September 25, 2016

Another conservative newspaper endorses Clinton

The conservative Cincinnati Enquirer last endorsed a Democrat for president 100 years ago.  It was in 1916 and the candidate was Woodrow Wilson.   On Friday, the editorial board rejected Donald Trump and endorsed Hillary Clinton with the headline:  "It has to be Hillary Clinton."   Here's some of what that editorial contained:
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". . . .  The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century. . . . [But] these are not traditional times. Our country needs calmthoughtful leadership . . .  a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.

"That’s why there is only one choice . . . : Hillary Clinton. . . .  [She] is a known commodity with a proven track record of governing. . . .  Trump is a clear and present danger to our country. He has no history of governance . . . no foreign policy experience, and the fact that he doesn't recognize it . . . is even more troubling. . . .  Do we really want someone in charge of our military and nuclear codes who has an impulse control problem? . . .

Clinton, meanwhile, was a competent secretary of state, with far stronger diplomatic skills than she gets credit for. . . .  She was part of President Barack Obama's inner circle . . . . Her presidential campaign has been an inclusive one . . . . about building bridges, not walls. . . .  [O]ur reservations about Clinton pale in comparison to our fears about Trump. . . .  a man utterly corrupted by self-interest. . . .   In these uncertain times, America needs a brave leader, not bravado.

Hillary Clinton has her faults, certainly, but she has spent a lifetime working to improve the lives of Americans both inside and outside of Washington. It's time to elect the first female U.S. president – not because she's a woman, but because she's hands-down the most qualified choice.

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No surprise:   The New York Times has also endorsed Clinton.

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