The New York Post has given its endorsement for the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama. However, after reading the article you’d have to ask yourself, “With friends like that, who needs enemas?” Some examples of what the Post considers an endorsement:
- “…an untried candidate, to be sure…”
- “Obama is not without flaws.”
- “For all his charisma and his eloquence, the rookie senator sorely lacks seasoning…”
- “Regarding national security, his worldview is beyond naive…”
- “His all-things-to-all-people approach to complicated domestic issues also arouses scant confidence”
- “…he is not Team Clinton…That counts for a very great deal.”
- “…we don’t agree much with Obama on substantive issues.”
That’s what they say about the candidate they like! Here’s what they say about Hillary and Bill:
- “…a return to the opportunistic, scandal-scarred, morally muddled years of the almost infinitely self-indulgent Clinton co-presidency.”
- “…self-centered campaign antics conjure so many bad, sad memories…”
- “…wore thin a very long time ago.”
- “A return to Sen. Clinton’s cattle-futures deal, Travelgate, Whitewater, Filegate, the Lincoln Bedroom Fire Sale, Pardongate – and the inevitable replay of the Monica Mess.”
- “…don’t forget the Clintons’ trademark political cynicism.”
- “…reeks of cynicism and opportunism.”
- “…Clinton stands philosophically far to the left of her husband…”
Let’s face it, this endorsement from Rupert Murdoch’s NY mouthpiece was really just an excuse to bash both of the remaining Democrats in the race. It’s conclusion is that Clinton is so awful, that we have to go with her almost equally as bad opponent.
This might sting Clinton a bit because she has been cozying up to Murdoch – attending fundraisers, appearing on Fox News, refraining from criticism, etc. And this is how he repays her. Do you think she’ll learn her lesson?
In the end, the Post’s opinion will probably have negligible effect on this race. It may even have a contrary effect because New Yorkers know exactly where the Post stands. Consequently, an endorsement of Obama may send them running to Clinton. Still, it is pretty pathetic when one of the city’s major newspapers uses the occasion of an endorsement to brazenly insult both candidates. Let’s see how they handle the Republican endorsement.
Update 2/18/09: New York Post publishes racist and violent cartoon.