Sunday, October 30, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements 2

For Hillary Clinton:

A couple more Massachusetts papers endorse her with identical editorials that I posted a few days ago.

Enterprise News, and Taunton Daily Gazette.

The Falls River Herald News has a somewhat similar by not identical editorial:

Clinton’s 30-plus years of public service give her a mighty edge over her opponents in terms of experience, but can naturally lead to unpopular decisions in hindsight, and a long list of negatives against her that can easily be assembled. Her work on health care reform would be a leading example.

One of Donald Trump’s advantages in this campaign is supposed to be his business acumen. But his business practices — bankruptcies, unscrupulous dealings — are some of the reasons why Fall River is hurting. He does well for himself, but not for others.

And his visions of building a border wall and mass deportations of illegal immigrants do not mesh with what we know to be true in Fall River, a city built by immigration populations and proof that the American dream can work.

We’re not running a game show. We’re running a country.

Tri-City Herald:

We decided it comes down to picking the person who in all probability will do the least amount of harm while in office.

That person is Clinton. She has political experience on a national scale, after all.

Clinton has served as secretary of state and as a U.S. senator. She has sat at the same table as world leaders, knows how to work with stubborn lawmakers and understands the scope of the executive branch.

She also is capable of thinking beyond the moment.

Trump, on the other hand, is downright frightening.

The billionaire entrepreneur is unpredictable, too easily provoked into tirades and, at times, completely irrational. His temperament is simply unsuitable for the presidency.


Schenectady Daily Gazette:

Of the two major party candidates running for president, Hillary Clinton is the only one qualified and experienced enough to address these problems as president of the United States.

In 30 years of public service dating back to her days as a legal aid attorney, through her many years as an advocate for children and families, through eight years as first lady and adviser to her husband, President Bill Clinton, through eight years as a U.S. senator with a well-documented reputation for working across the political aisle, and four years as secretary of state, she has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience needed to perform the most difficult job in the world.

Even if you agree with everything Donald Trump says is wrong with this country, even if he puts his finger on exactly what troubles you the most, even if his promises sound genuine against a government that has let so many of us down, he is not the man to see his revolt through.

Given countless opportunities through debates and campaign rallies, Mr. Trump has proven time and again that he fails to possess more than a casual understanding of world and national affairs, the experience of working with multiple constituencies, the art of compromise needed to negotiate with Congress and world leaders, or the temperament to control his impetuous nature in an evermore dangerous and unpredictable world.

Connecticut Post aned sister papers The Hour, Greenwich Time, Stamford Advocate:

Take a moment to consider the last century of presidents and ponder which ones had job training comparable to that of Clinton. She knows the Oval Office from the inside as first lady, congressional chambers as senator, and leaders of the world as secretary of state.

Young women deserve to live in an America where a woman serves as president. Young men deserve it too.

At times, Clinton has been her own opponent, reckless with classified emails; and less than transparent in her approach to dealing with colleagues, the public and media. These missteps will not be easily overlooked as she is scrutinized during her administration. She needs to become less insulated, and should sever her ties to the Clinton Foundation during her term.

Her resiliency in the face of Trump’s repugnant taunts revealed the mettle she will surely need to summon as she is held to higher standards than previous commanders in chief.
What Clinton lacks in charisma she makes up for as a policy wonk. This should make her a better president than a candidate.

Erie Times-News:

From her time as first lady to her eight years in the Senate to her four-year tenure as secretary of state, Clinton has built a breadth of experience and a record of leadership that equips her to lead the nation through the tricky currents and perilous rapids of these turbulent times.

Her record of missteps — notably putting the nation's interests at risk with her careless handling of official and even classified email — shouldn't be glossed over. Clinton has given the nation clear reasons for concern about how forthcoming she has been and would be as president.

But her decades of commitment and service, and the overall arc of her record and what it tells us about her, match up solidly with the challenges ahead. That record includes an enduring dedication to the welfare of children, her stature as a global role model for and champion of women, and crucial experience as a leader of the nation's foreign policy apparatus.

Clinton is not a stirring candidate, nor does she offer a clear, overarching vision and rationale for where the nation needs to go next. But she did show aptitude in the Senate for reaching out and building ties across the aisle that would serve the nation well.

And Clinton possesses the gravitas and toughness to face the challenges and responsibilities unique to America in a dangerous world. Envisioning her as commander in chief requires no leap of faith, and she certainly brings a more complete portfolio to this moment than Barack Obama did in 2008.


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