AZ Republic’s historic endorsement of Clinton is great. Hope they build upon it.

28 Sep 2016 02:02 pm
Posted by: Donna


Some people are not taking the endorsement well.

I was truly expecting the Arizona Republic to do their usual thing on a Presidential endorsement, where they ignore the gaping flaws of the Republican candidate and endorse him, on the basis of some horsepucky about national security or, as they did in 2012, because troubled economic times called for the “animal spirits” of the Republican candidate.

But they didn’t. For the first time in history, the Arizona Republic gave the nod to the Democrat, in what a Slate headline called a “mic drop” of an endorsement.

Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles.

This year is different.

The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.

That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.

Thankfully they gave the job of writing it to Linda Valdez, so it is a genuinely good endorsement, not merely a perfunctory CYA-anyone-but-Trump deal. It makes a positive case for Clinton as well as laying out the problems with Trump sharply. But the best part of it is that it brings up SB1070, which is where many of us believe that the Trump phenomenon was germinated. The editorial warns the country not to make the same grievous mistake Arizona did in 2010, for which we’re still paying.

What’s more, Arizona went down the hardline immigration road Trump travels. It led our state to SB 1070, the 2010 “show me your papers” law that earned Arizona international condemnation and did nothing to resolve real problems with undocumented immigration.

Arizona understands that we don’t need a repeat of that divisive, unproductive fiasco on the national level. A recent poll shows Arizonans oppose both more walls and the mass deportations Trump endorses.

We need a president who can broker solutions.

I wish we could say the electorate of Arizona has absorbed the lesson fully enough to stop electing the Republicans who caused the mess to run the state but we’re not there yet. I do hope the Republic ed board is wise enough to built upon what they began with this Clinton endorsement and makes a choice in the US Senate race that is consonant with it. That would require endorsing Ann Kirkpatrick.

Let’s not forget how John McCain, who was headed for an easy reelection in 2010, enthusiastically embraced SB1070, the Tea Party, and ran ads promising to “build the dang fence!” Furthermore, he has done nothing to counter the massive GOP obstruction to President Obama, including their current obstinate refusal to give Merrick Garland’s nomination a hearing. For all the respect as a maverick he still (mysteriously) enjoys, in recent years McCain has shown little to no interest in anything but getting on TV to carp about President Obama. And he supports Trump, despite everything.

I make no prediction on how they’re going to go with the Senate race. The rapturous write-up they gave McCain for the primary race would seem to portend favorably for him, but he was running against whackadoodle Kelli Ward then. We’ll see.

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