“We recommend Hillary Clinton for president.” That’s the audacious, history making headline the Dallas Morning News offered up in its editorial on which presidential candidate to vote for this year.
With zero history as a liberal newspaper, The Dallas Morning News [DMN] stated the awful but real truth about what brought the pro-GOP standard to recommend how voters should cast their ballot on Election Day on Nov. 8.
“We don’t come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II — if you’re counting, that’s more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections. The party’s over-reliance on government and regulation to remedy the country’s ills is at odds with our belief in private-sector ingenuity and innovation. Our values are more about individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense.”
Maybe it’s just coincidence that the news du jour about Texas is that Hillary Clinton actually leads Republican Donald Trump, even if by one point. For a ruby red Republican state like Texas to be name-dropped as maybe flipping blue is herasay at worst and a modern miracle at best. But with a Latino population second only to California, Hillary Clinton has more upside with them than Donald Trump, who’s warred against Mexicans from day one of his campaign.
“We’ve been critical of Clinton’s handling of certain issues in the past. But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy,” the DMN wrote, shocking many, and not just in Texas. “Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest.”
Can anyone say with straight face that any Ohio newspaper will follow suit with an unqualified decision that Hillary Rodham Clinton is their best chance for a better, safer future? The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Columbus Dispatch, should they actually make a black and white call as the Texas newspaper mustered the spine to do, will probably work hedge on it. Using the excuse that both candiates are disliked, anticipate these papers to first bemoan that Gov. John Kasich should have been the commonsense conservative Republican choice to take on Democrats like Clinton and running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
These two leading papers endorsed Kasich twice before, first when he had no executive experience at the state level and again when he had a very troubled state record of executive action that included, among other agregeous efforts, shafting local governments and schools so he could claim surpluses in the emergency rainy day fund, in anticipation of his run for the White House.
In 2014, the PD went so far in their coddling of John Kasich to take down a video of him acting his normal self, like a spoiled child called into the principle’s office, when he was forced to sit next to his wounded Democrat challenger and a third party candidate at a Plain Dealer editorial board question-and-answer session. Kasich’s petulance was so bad that his PR handlers at the time strong-armed the PD to remove it from the website only a couple days after putting it up. The paper’s shameful excuses were just that, and no one bought them as legitimate. Playing along with Kasich, who they knew would launch a presidential campaign soon thereafter even though he played coy with media about it, would assure them continued access to him regardless of whether he flopped or not which he did. Kasich was running from cover, anyhow, so he had another two years in office and going negative on him wouldn’t do them any good down the road.
“After nearly four decades in the public spotlight, 25 of them on the national stage, Clinton is a known quantity,” the DMN said. “For all her warts, she is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe, to protect American ideals and to work across the aisle to uphold the vital domestic institutions that rely on a competent, experienced president. Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote.”