Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Conservative Paper Endorses Clinton (UPDATED)

The conservative Dallas Morning News, one of Texas' leading newspapers and one that hasn't endorsed a Democrat for President in 75 years, broke that long record this morning and endorsed Hillary Clinton for President:
'There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton. [snip]  
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. Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest. [snip]  
After nearly four decades in the public spotlight, 25 of them on the national stage, Clinton is a known quantity. 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." (emphasis added)
There are a couple of howlers on the order of my stars and bars, how did our conservative values lead to a Trump?  For example:
"Trump's values are hostile to conservatism. He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best."
Ahh, Republican Detachment Disorder. No, gentlemen, those "values" are deeply ingrained in conservatism (see, Barry Goldwater, "Southern Strategy," Lee Atwater, etc. etc.), but your deathbed conversion is most appreciated.

BONUS:  The Rump campaign is understandably upset about this historic endorsement; unfortunately for them, they sent their dimmest bulb out to attack it as a "librul" paper.  Bwahaha.

BONUS II:  Even more embarassing for Rump is that Clinton has a one point lead in Texas in a Washington Post/Survey Monkey poll.

UPDATE:  Martin Longman tells us why this is a more significant endorsement than your run- of the- mill newspaper nod.

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