Sep 072016

Yesterday, the Dallas Morning News told us that Donald Trump is not qualified for the presidency of the United States and does not deserve your vote. (see previous post) Today, they took it a step further and endorsed Hillary Clinton for that high office. The paper reports that it has been over 75 years since they last endorsed a Democrat. Here is a bit of what they wrote…

We recommend Hillary Clinton for president

There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton.

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…

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.

In Clinton’s eight years in the U.S. Senate, she displayed reach and influence in foreign affairs. Though conservatives like to paint her as nakedly partisan, on Capitol Hill she gained respect from Republicans for working across the aisle: Two-thirds of her bills had GOP co-sponsors and included common ground with some of Congress’ most conservative lawmakers.

As President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, she helped make tough calls on the Middle East and the complex struggle against radical Islamic terrorism. It’s no accident that hundreds of Republican foreign policy hands back Clinton. She also has the support of dozens of top advisers from previous Republican administrations, including Henry Paulson, John Negroponte, Richard Armitage and Brent Scowcroft. Also on this list is Jim Glassman, the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas…

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. His serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal an astounding absence of preparedness. And his improvisational insults and midnight tweets exhibit a dangerous lack of judgment and impulse control.

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.

Sep 062016

My hometown newspaper, The Dallas Morning News, has endorsed the Republican candidate for President in every election since 1964. Until now. Here is a bit of what they had to say today…

Donald Trump is no Republican

Donald Trump is no Republican and certainly no conservative.

Trump has displayed an authoritarian streak that should horrify limited-government advocates. This impulsive, unbridled New York real estate billionaire and reality-TV star wants to deport people who were born in the U.S. and don’t meet his standard for loyalty. He has proposed banning all Muslims from entering the country, even those escaping Islamist rule, and won’t rule out creating a database of Muslims already living here.

His open admiration of Russia’s Vladimir Putin is alarming…

His isolationist prescriptions put sound bites over sound policy: Invite the Russians into our elections. Bomb the Middle East into dust. Withdraw from NATO.

It’s not easy to offer a shorthand list of such tenets, since Trump flips from one side to the other, issue after issue, sometimes within a single news cycle. Regardless, his ideas are so far from Republicanism that they have spawned a new description: Trumpism.

We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory.

Trump doesn’t reflect Republican ideals of the past; we are certain he shouldn’t reflect the GOP of the future.

Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote.

Oct 312008

It seems that my hometown newspaper (along with two other right leaning newspapers) has been asked to give up their seat on the Obama campaign airplane… and they don’t seem to be terribly happy about the situation.


Think about it, though. You are in the final days of your campaign for the presidency of the United States. You have a limited number of seats on your airplane and a lot of people who want to sit in them. So, who are you going to ask to give up their seats?

  1. A national newspaper or broadcast network that is favorable toward your campaign, or
  2. A small, regional newspaper (daily circulation 300,000) in the heart of Bushland that is more favorable toward your opponent’s campaign.

Though I am sure the rabid right wing will scream about it and refuse to see the logic behind the decision, I think most of us would go with the second option.

I do not know if space is at a premium on Johnny McCain’s or Sarah Palin’s airplane (I kind of doubt that it is), but if it is who do you think is going to be asked to relinquish their boarding passes? Will it be Fox News? Somehow I kind of doubt it.

Update: Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, both of which lean about as far to the right as you can without actually falling into the muck, still have their seats on the plane.

UPDATE 11/02/08: If it were your campaign plane, would you want people who would stoop so low as to publish crap like this riding on it with you?

Dec 232007

The editors of our hometown newspaper, The Dallas Morning News, have decided that the best choices for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations (respectively) are Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee…

DMN editorial board recommends Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

America is at a historic crossroads as a woman, a Hispanic and an African-American vie for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Two of those candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, were finalists for our recommendation – not because of ethnicity or gender but because they most closely aligned with our positions on major domestic and international issues.

Mr. Obama is our choice because of his consistently solid judgment, poise under pressure and ability to campaign effectively without resorting to the divisive politics of the past.

Race is not an overriding factor for us. But it is undeniable that America has failed to heal its racial wounds, including here in Dallas. We need a motivated leader capable of confronting the problem, and no candidate is better equipped than Mr. Obama. His message isn’t about anger and retribution. It’s about moving forward.

There’s been lots of noise about his lack of experience. It is a legitimate concern, considering he’s a 46-year-old first-term senator. But Mr. Obama’s experience in elective office matches that of Abraham Lincoln before he became president. And he has served more time on Capitol Hill than four of the past five White House occupants.

DMN editorial board recommends Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination

Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee

Many Republican voters are dissatisfied with the GOP presidential candidates this year. We share that frustration. But one of these men is going to be the party’s nominee. Of this field, Mike Huckabee is the best choice.

It was a hard decision. In most respects, Mr. Huckabee, who governed Arkansas as a pragmatic, compassionate conservative, is not dramatically different from his main GOP competitors. He is somewhat better on energy and the environment, and though none of the Republicans are as forward-thinking about Iraq as they should be, Mr. Huckabee’s emphasis on diplomatic engagement in the Middle East is fresh and welcome.

Mr. Huckabee established a respectable record of fiscal responsibility in Arkansas. Rather than run up deficits, he backed raising taxes to pay for needed infrastructure, health care and education. That’s called prudence, and it was once a Republican virtue.

Mr. Huckabee is not an ideal candidate. Once a Bush-style Republican on immigration, his recent hard-right turn smells of opportunism. He too often wings it on foreign policy. But Govs. Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also took office without foreign-policy experience. Much depends on the quality of a president’s advisers. A chief executive’s core foreign-policy convictions matter most, and on those, Mr. Huckabee is a standard conservative.

I am not surprised by their choices, really. I don’t think many people in Dallas will take umbrage at them, either. That’s the kind of town this place is. Though I do believe that if the choice were between Obama and Huckabee, Huckabee would come out the winner in Dallas. It would be something like 55% to 45%. As more and more people from the north move to our sunny and warm (and, dare I say, snow-less) clime, we are becoming a bit more liberal each day.

I still believe that the Democratic candidate would have won our last mayoral election had he not been openly gay. (Yes, unfortunately, that’s the kind of town this place is.)

I’m positive (and hopeful) that we’ll get there eventually.