Saturday, July 30, 2016

Man Bites Dog: Houston Chronicle Endorses Hillary Clinton

Recently, you see major newspapers not even waiting to make an endorsement. The Washington Post negatively endorsed Donald Trump right after the Republican convention.

I was actually impressed by this eschewing false equivalence-not pretending these are two normal, equal candidates.

Then you had the Daily News endorsing Hillary now. Again, this is very unusual. Normally major papers wait till much later in the cycle to make an endorsement even if you have a good idea who that might be.

Certainly you would normally be very safe assuming that the Houston Chronicle would endorse the Republican candidate. That was before Donald Trump.

"One of the largest newspapers in all of Texas, which previously endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has now officially endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton."

On Friday, the Houston Chronicle made its official endorsement known in an article titled: “These are unsettling times that require a steady hand: That’s not Donald Trump.”

‘Any one of Trump’s less-than-sterling qualities — his erratic temperament, his dodgy business practices, his racism, his Putin-like strongman inclinations and faux-populist demagoguery, his contempt for the rule of law, his ignorance — is enough to be disqualifying. His convention-speech comment, “I alone can fix it,” should make every American shudder. He is, we believe, a danger to the Republic.’

"The Chronicle editorial page does not typically endorse early in an election cycle; we prefer waiting for the campaign to play out and for issues to emerge and be addressed. We make an exception in the 2016 presidential race, because the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not merely political. It is something much more basic than party preference.’

‘An election between the Democrat Clinton and, let’s say, the Republican Jeb Bush or John Kasich or Marco Rubio, even the hyper-ideological Ted Cruz, would spark a much-needed debate about the role of government and the nation’s future, about each candidate’s experience and abilities. To choose the candidate who defeated them — fairly and decisively, we should point out — is to repudiate the most basic notions of competence and capability.’

"The Houston Chronicle clearly recognizes the fact that the Republican presidential nominee has sent the Republican party into turmoil. Many Republicans have purposely distanced themselves from Donald Trump, and there will undoubtedly be more Republicans giving a wide berth to the GOP candidate before the November election is upon us. Being that Texas is considered a “red” state, it is safe to assume that this election is about a lot more than respective parties."

In other news, Trump has gone back to saying 'Lock her up."

"Whoa. Trump responds to "Lock her up" chants: "I'm starting to agree with you.

Starting to agree with you. That's rich. He was the one who first said it. They're only repeating him.

Though some of the Berners also picked up this disgusting habit. Again, American democracy itself is on the ballot this time.

Hillary evoked Benjamin Franklin on Thursday night: a Republic if you can keep it. There are a certain percentage of citizens who want a Banana Republic.

The wager she is making is America is the America of Obama and not that of Donald Trump.

There are no do overs this time.

P.S. You can't tell me there is no meaning in the fact that it just so happens to be the first female Presidential nominee who they are chanting 'Lock her up" about.

P.S.S. I have to give these newspapers credit. Pretending a false equivalence at a time like this would be very irresponsible as they're recognizing. 

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