Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer offered its endorcement for President (birth year, postal code and gender required), a tradition of American newspapers.
Who did the Plain Dealer endorse? NOBODY.
Much like many Cyburbians in the FAC, the "endorsement" edirotial (note the quites) has mostly negative things to say about both Bush and Kerry.In a year of deep political divisions, this newspaper's opinion section is experiencing deep divisions of its own.
After nearly four years spent watching George W. Bush as president, and after a year of watching Sen. John Kerry campaign to oust him, we have decided not to add one more potentially polarizing voice to a poisoned debate. We make no endorsement for president this year.
Bush is an idiot who made way too many bad judgement calls. Kerry is a flip-flopper who proclaims "help is on the way!", but has no clue about how to pay for that aforementioned help.We believe our readers are perfectly capable of judging that conduct for themselves and deciding whether Bush's flaws bother them more than Kerry's ambiguities.
Damn. Why couldn't have this been an election between the incumbent President McCain and the challenging Howard Dean? Why not between President Gore and Rudy Giuliani? If it's four more years for Bush, will 2008 offer us Obama vs. Giuliani, or ... Hillary Clinton vs. Bill Frist? We'll probably get the latter, if not two more mediocre Skull and Bones members. Seriously, why can't we do better?