S.D. Argus Leader Endorses Hillary Clinton

The South Dakota Argus Leader has endorsed Hillary Clinton in the state's June 3 primary. Its reasons:

Clinton is the strongest Democratic candidate for South Dakota. Her mastery of complex policy detail is broad and deep, and her experience as a senator and former first lady matches that.

Measured against her opponent, Clinton is philosophically more moderate. That is likely a good thing for South Dakota.

....Clinton has demonstrated a real commitment to Native American issues and will have visited several South Dakota reservations before the race is over. Clinton is precisely correct when she says that people outside the region have a poor understanding of the troubling trends on our reservations. Federal attention could help. That includes but is not limited to higher-ranking posts in the federal bureaucracy.


Her truly universal health care plan would be welcomed by thousands of South Dakotans. Even on reservations, where health care is nominally universal already, such a plan would be welcome. The federal government would never be allowed to subject everyday Americans to the kind of care Native Americans living on reservations routinely receive.

....Her resilience and determination never should be questioned. She has met or overcome every challenge or roadblock in her way, and there have been many. Her determination to carry the nomination process through to its real conclusion has perhaps earned her a grudging respect from those who would never support her.

The paper acknowledges that at this point Hillary is a long-shot. But, it says:

[W]hatever some might say, the race is not over, and her name is on the ballot. Win or lose, she's also the best Democratic candidate for South Dakota.

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    Good for Hillary and good for Argus....they (5.00 / 5) (#1)
    by PssttCmere08 on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:32:50 AM EST
    know a winner when they see one....GO HILLARY

    Too bad the msm will not report it (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by angie on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:33:35 AM EST
    because, um, yeah the SDs don't care -- that's the ticket.

    Means the RFK scandal is a crock (5.00 / 8) (#3)
    by lambert on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:34:44 AM EST
    The Argus editorial board was in the room with her.

    Exactly (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by americanincanada on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:36:13 AM EST
    I was hoping they would. It was a great editorial as well.

    Maybe (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Steve M on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:37:26 AM EST
    the editorial board was afraid of getting rubbed out if they didn't endorse her.  Just a thought!

    Maybe! (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Steve M on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:45:46 AM EST
    Another strong (5.00 / 7) (#5)
    by waldenpond on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:36:33 AM EST
    endorsement focused on knowledge of issues, strength and committment and what Clinton will bring to the office.  That's great to hear.

    Another endorsement (none / 0) (#25)
    by pie on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:17:24 PM EST
    filled with specifics.  Obama may have knowledge of the issues, but that knowledge is neither as wide nor deep as hers.  He just hasn't been around long enough.  

    That's the best written endorsement I've seen. (5.00 / 5) (#7)
    by Salo on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:39:15 AM EST
    too date.

    It really is. (5.00 / 6) (#10)
    by masslib on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:41:20 AM EST
    They saw it as a job interview.

    And I have to say, that is a beautifully (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by PssttCmere08 on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:39:45 AM EST
    written endorsement....

    almost thought you meant an SD called Argus... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Salo on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:41:47 AM EST
    endorsed her.

    weird (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Upstart Crow on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:41:47 AM EST
    Someone help me out: Isn't kind of weird to have a newspaper endorse the "other" candidate when the party has pretty much declared a winner?

    Isn't this kind of unusual?

    Of course, but it's been happening (5.00 / 7) (#13)
    by masslib on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:43:22 AM EST
    since Iowa.

    No. As the declard winner has not been (5.00 / 4) (#14)
    by zfran on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:43:57 AM EST
    declared and won't be until August, the paper endorsed who they thought was the "best" candidate still in this race.

    "self declared" (5.00 / 4) (#18)
    by Stellaaa on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:51:17 AM EST
    Not nominated.  People are still voting.  I guess that does not matter.  

    This situation has never happened before. (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by McKinless on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:20:32 PM EST
    Stunning, isn't it, how undemocratic and unDemocratic is the superdelegate system?

    The Irony of it all... (5.00 / 6) (#15)
    by citizen53 on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:44:52 AM EST
    as it exposes the corruption in the media and the process.

    Clinton on Native American issues (5.00 / 5) (#16)
    by Cream City on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:45:11 AM EST
    is very good, according to many NA's I know here along the Great Lakes, where we still have many of the First People and Metis.  Clinton, of course, came from the French Canadian and Metis culture, on her mother's side, which was so dominant here for centuries before the American takeover.  And Clinton talked here about coming to Wisconsin for Girl Scout camp, where we got some basic exposure to NA culture (public schools now do more -- but her talks show me that she also has learned more on her own).

    I got to watch some of her speech at Pine Ridge (very cool of her to wear Dakotah Sioux jewelry:-), which was very moving even beyond the symbolism of a presidential candidate coming to the site of the massacre at Wounded Knee.  It brought back to me the story of the only survivor, an infant found days later, and her tragic story, too.  If you haven't seen the SD PBS special on the beautiful Lost Bird, such a sad lens with which to see the aftermath of Wounded Knee and the continual revisions of NA policies, here it is.

    I wish she would do something.... (none / 0) (#21)
    by kdog on Fri May 30, 2008 at 12:09:27 PM EST
    to get the Shinnecock Nation federally recognized so they can open a casino on their land here in NY.  

    Assuming she is still my senator....It's hard to tell these days.  (Yes, Obama doesn't bother to show up to work much either.)


    Cream City, the segue here is native Americans. (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Fri May 30, 2008 at 12:22:04 PM EST
    Today I visited the elementary school classroom of a Latino boy I have tutored since kindergarten.  He is now finishing 4th grade, which is the year each CA public school student must create a California mission and report.  I am pleased to report that in his project he made it very clear the California native Americans were not willing participants in the CA missions.  They were slaves who were not "free to leave."  

    They weren't offended by Hillary's RFK remarks? (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by Josey on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:16:41 PM EST
    oh wait - that was only fake hysteria drummed up by Obama, Obamabots, and Obamedia. Similar to the Bush admin hyping hysteria over nothing!

    "Philosophically more moderate"! (5.00 / 3) (#27)
    by McKinless on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:23:21 PM EST
    Maybe that's a sop thrown to the cultural poison of "liberal" but they go on to say her universal health care is better. Her policies are more liberal than BO's--and that's why I support her

    Excellent. (none / 0) (#23)
    by Andy08 on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:15:25 PM EST
    That is a very  thoughtful endorsement !!

    Thank you SD Argus Leader for standing up now and with your official statement supporting HRC remarks a week ago.

    The shocking, APPALLING (none / 0) (#29)
    by dws3665 on Fri May 30, 2008 at 02:57:57 PM EST
    insensitivity of the newspaper's editorial board toward Hillary's solicitation of her opponent's murder CAN. NOT. STAND! (spittle). How DARE they! They are practically painting a TARGET on his forehead by ENDORSING this MURDEROUS cretin! (more spittle)

    (Sorry, just trying out some phraseology for Keith Olberman's next Precious Comment).