Las Vegas Sun Endorses Hillary Clinton

The Las Vegas Sun today endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Some of their reasons:

Clinton has a long and substantial record of leadership fighting on behalf of working Americans and children, and it is this experience and her passion for creating a better country that would serve this nation so well.

Our country needs someone who can be president from Day One after taking the oath of office. Her steadiness and resolve certainly would aid us in reestablishing better relations with other nations after Bush’s go-it-alone foreign policy, not to mention a thoughtful and responsible policy regarding our combat troops in Iraq.


On domestic issues, such as the economy and health care, Clinton clearly has the best command of the issues, as was witnessed in Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas.

The Sun goes on to praise Hillary's record on Nevada issues particularly on nuclear waste.

Despite the fact that her state relies heavily on nuclear power for its energy, and that the companies providing that power desperately want the nuclear waste buried in Nevada, Clinton stood with Nevada when George Bush’s plan for Yucca Mountain went before Congress. Clinton voted with Nevada, and against the dump. Edwards, whose state has nuclear power, voted for the dump. Obama wasn’t yet elected to the Senate, but it should be noted that the energy corporation Exelon, the sixth-largest donor to his presidential campaign, supports a nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

The Sun is also still angry about the at-large caucuses benefiting the casino and hotel workers:

As we see it, the only obstacle in Clinton’s way in Nevada is the unfair caucus system that has been set up, specifically the rule that allows on-site voting at casino workplaces on the Strip. Not only is it unfair because it isn’t an option for noncasino workers who can’t get away from work, but it also enables the Culinary Union, which has endorsed Obama, to pressure its members into voting for their union’s endorsed candidate even if they prefer Clinton.

Nonetheless, it is our sincere hope that Nevadans on Saturday turn out for the caucus in large numbers and vote for Hillary Clinton, who stands ready to restore dignity and competence to the Oval Office.

The Las Vegas Review Journal has endorsed Barack Obama. It's a nasty piece of work.

For starters, imagine Sen. Clinton and "co-president" Bill Clinton invited onto a "This is Your Life" talk show where they're joined by Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky.

Nor, are they particularly flattering to their chosen candidate, Barack Obama:

Is Barack Obama, then, the ideal Democratic candidate for president? Hardly. His policy recommendations -- when he can be convinced to get any more specific than "I represent change" -- are the opposite of "change." They're old-line, welfare-state solutions that haven't spent enough time in the microwave to appear even superficially appetizing.

The paper also highlights his lack of experience. So, what's he done to earn their endorsement?

But Barack Obama is, at least, likeable. He is a good enough orator...

It ends with this advice for Nevada Democrats:

....they might ask themselves whether they really want to spend two months later this year watching a re-run of the horror movie "It Came From Little Rock," with the sound turned up much too loud -- or if they'd rather make it a real contest this fall. If they prefer the latter, they're better off backing Barack Obama on Saturday.

If I had a subscription to the LV Review Journal, nothing would bring me greater pleasure today than to cancel it.

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    Leadership? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 06:31:11 PM EST
    From the Captain

    Her most well-known actions in the Senate are voting for an authorization to use military force (she later claimed not to understand what "authorization", "use", and "military force" meant), and to give a million-dollar earmark to the Woodstock Museum.

    That (none / 0) (#2)
    by athyrio on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 06:31:44 PM EST
    Is totally disgusting....I hope Nevadans are smart enough to see it for what it's worth...On the other hand, the endorsement by the Sun was nice....

    Clinton campaign is doing a great job (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 06:46:19 PM EST
    getting it's message out:  "Day One."

    Love this statement about Obama from Magic Johnson (none / 0) (#4)
    by athyrio on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 06:46:50 PM EST
    I just love Magic's message. It isn't all that subtle but it is not nasty. He made a great shot, won the first game, and was told, "Hang on - it's a long season - you have to win a lot more."

    Such a great message... (1.00 / 2) (#6)
    by converse on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 08:18:22 PM EST
    two of the most famous self-admitted adulterers out on the campaign trail for such a strong feminist candidate.

    sleazy post you put there (none / 0) (#8)
    by Judith on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 08:35:08 PM EST

    BTW, (none / 0) (#7)
    by converse on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 08:20:03 PM EST
    Magic Johnson won the championship and the finals MVP in his ROOKIE year.  So much for experience.

    Maybe Obama Can Get The LV Review Journal (none / 0) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 07:03:38 PM EST
    to retract it's  so called {gag} endorsement.  Talk about damning with faint praise. Seems they think that the sole reason you should vote for Obama is that he is "likable enough."

    But Barack Obama is, at least, likeable. He is a good enough orator that there is no need to cringe when he dares to speak off the cuff. He is a good politician, in the non-insulting sense that he knows how to speak to individual Americans and give them the feeling he cares about their concerns.

    Likeability is misleading Mo Blue (none / 0) (#9)
    by talkingpoint on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 09:18:14 PM EST
     Hey Mo Blue, in terms of likeability, Hillary had a positive image with 55% of Americans, and Obama 59%, are those numbers that far apart? Likeability don't mean that they are going to vote for you. Obama is liked by many republicans, who stated that they like him, but will not vote for him and will vote republican. Yes, Hillary is hated by maybe 80% of the rightwing, which means she must be doing something right. Furthermore, Obama love for Reagan is sure to make Rush Limbaugh and friends like him more, but will they vote for him? NO. The likeability factor is misleading. Hilary is a real 100% lefty, and I LOVE HER. When did true lefties began to back the guy the right likes more? Is there something wrong with this picture?

    I Guess My Rather Quirky Sense Of Humor (none / 0) (#10)
    by MO Blue on Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 12:47:02 AM EST
    or irony does not translate well to print. In that rather strange endorsement from the LV Review Journal, my quote above was the only positive thing that they said about Obama. The endorsement was a hit piece against Clinton and to a lesser degree on Obama. It was more like if you have to pick a Democrat, both are awful, but Obama is not quite as awful as Clinton.

    My likable enough remark was intended as snark.  

    I like Clinton and Obama just fine as people even if I don't agree with them on many things. As a voter, a candidate being likable is not really important to me. I'm not looking for a friend. I'm looking for a strong leader who implements good policies that benefit real people. I would rather have a jerk who does a good job rather than someone who I like personally who doesn't.