First it was the Dallas Morning News, then the New Hampshire Union Leader. Now another conservative newspaper that has for a century endorsed the Republican nominee for president has abandoned the GOP and endorsed the Democratic nominee.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, a conservative bastion, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. (I am starting to believe that I may live to see a Chicago Cubs v. Boston Red Sox world series this year!) Why we’re endorsing for president:
The decision to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, eloquently written by Associate Opinion Editor Kevin Aldridge, is the unanimous opinion of the five members of the editorial board.
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Our endorsement of Clinton is notable in that it is the first of a Democrat in roughly a century since The Enquirer began what we would consider endorsements in today’s context. Our archives show that the last Democrat The Enquirer editorial board liked was Woodrow Wilson, who won re-election in 1916.
“How does a newspaper with such a staunch conservative and Republican tradition in the hometown of William Howard Taft come to endorse a Democrat? As the editorial notes, much of it has to do with the Republican candidate.” Enquirer: It has to be Hillary Clinton:
Presidential elections should be about who’s the best candidate, not who’s the least flawed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case this year.
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the most unpopular pair of presidential candidates in American history, both have troubled relationships with truth and transparency. Trump, despite all of his bluster about wanting to “make America great again,” has exploited and expanded our internal divisions. Clinton’s arrogance and unwillingness to admit wrongdoing have made her a divisive and distrusted figure as well.
The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century – a tradition this editorial board doesn’t take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.
That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.