First it was the Dallas Morning News, a conservative newspaper that has endorsed only Republican candidates for president since before World War II. The paper endorsed Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Now perhaps the most conservative newspaper in the nation, always a sure endorsement for any Republican candidate for president, the New Hampshire Union Leader, has also refused to endorse the Republican nominee Donald Trump, a first for the paper in a century. I’m sensing a trend here.
Editor Joe McQuaid couldn’t quite bring himself to endorse the Democrat — it is the ultra-right Union Leader after all, they have a conservative reputation to maintain to keep that sweet New Hampshire GOP primary money flowing in every four years — so the paper endorsed GOP-light Libertarian Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico. An Editorial — Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: A better choice for President (No need to hold your nose):
Voters leaning toward Trump are understandably fed up with the status quo, of which Clinton is a prime example. But they kid themselves if they think Trump isn’t pretty much a part of that status quo as well, or that he is in any way qualified to competently lead this nation.
The man is a liar, a bully, a buffoon. He denigrates any individual or group that displeases him. He has dishonored military veterans and their families, made fun of the physically frail, and changed political views almost as often as he has changed wives.
Americans are being told that we have to choose the lesser of two evils. No, we don’t.
Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are on the ballot in all 50 states. Their records (as Republican governors in politically-divided states) speak well of them. They would be worth considering under many circumstances. In today’s dark times, they are a bright light of hope and reason. The Union Leader and Sunday News endorse them.
Not so much a ringing endorsement of Johnson as it is a chance to trash Trump.
Donald Trump won the New Hampshire GOP primary this year after McQuaid and the Union Leader endorsed New Jersey Governor Chris “Bridgegate” Christie in the GOP primary. The Union Leader doesn’t have the influence it once enjoyed back in the day.