Someone please put out an APB.
By Erick Posted in 2008 — Comments (23) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
In addition to Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey needing food tasters and car starters, we better start adding some editors of prominent newspapers to the list.
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution has endorsed Barack Obama.
The State, South Carolina's largest newspaper has done the same.
And now, in New York City, the New York Observer has endorsed Barack Obama. In their editorial, the paper notes:
We believe that Mr. Obama’s idealism and fresh ideas would ensure that the end of the Bush era would also mean an end to government by secrecy, Cheneyism, arrogance, oligarchy; an end to mindless armed unilateralism abroad; an end to the blustering, rank partisan disputes of the last quarter-century.
Mr. Obama has found his strength in the generation that succeeded the baby boomers, speaking for the frustrations of those who wish that their leaders would get over themselves, get over the 1960’s, get on with resolving issues that threaten our global leadership. Mr. Obama is an inclusive figure at a time when our popular culture demands that we embrace a new America while still comprehending the lessons of hard-won history—from World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall—that have brought us to a free world in 2008.
The paper only mentions Mrs. Bill Clinton twice -- in reference to why voters should not vote for her.
So, while their reasons are couched as a repudiation of Bush and "Cheneyism," a/k/a effective leadership, the period they reference is the last "quarter century." And right smack in the middle of that quarter century was the Clinton White House.
Notice also how the Observer lumps the Bushes and Bill Clinton all into one governing philosophy: that of "government by secrecy, Cheneyism, arrogance, oligarchy; an end to mindless armed unilateralism abroad; an end to the blustering, rank partisan disputes." They go on to further repudiate Mrs. Bill Clinton as a product of the sixties while Obama is beyond the sixties.
I'd be none too happy if I were in the Clinton camp today, and I'd be joining the witness protection program if I were an editor at the Observer.