Monitor endorsements: McCain, Clinton

This morning's Monitor editorial endorsed John McCain in New Hampshire's Republican primary. It concludes:

Earlier in the campaign, when McCain was being counted out, a consultant might have urged a makeover: Lose the moral compass on torture and immigration, ditch the vision for a turnaround in Iraq.

Not a chance. John McCain held on to his principles and defended them with dignity. New Hampshire residents who vote in the Republican primary should reward that integrity with their votes.

Tomorrow's editorial will endorse Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire's Democratic primary. Here is an excerpt:

Clinton's ambitious to-do list for her first few weeks in office gives us confidence that her priorities are right and that she would act swiftly to make a positive difference. She is the Monitor's choice in the Jan. 8 Democratic primary.

New Hampshire Democrats and independents are blessed with a strong field of presidential candidates at a time when a change of course is desperately needed. We have been impressed by Joe Biden's pragmatic foreign policy and by John Edwards's insistence that we pay attention to the poorest Americans.

Barack Obama, more than most, has the power to inspire. The positive tone of his campaign is not a gimmick. He is a serious candidate with sober ideas. For reasons symbolic and substantive, he would also be a nominee Democrats could feel proud to vote for.

But Hillary Clinton's unique combination of smarts, experience and toughness makes her the best choice to win the November election and truly get things done.

UPDATE: The full Clinton endorsement is here.

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I am so excited you have decided to endorse Hillary. She's going to do great things for this country! Thanks.
Melanie Jean

No thanks

Why did you cave to the Clintons? Bill twist your arm? Senator Obama is the only one that can bring this country together and win this election. Hillary can't. Her unfavorables are way too high. Half of the country will not vote for her. I don't want to go back to the 90's. I want this country to have a new vision, a true leader and she is not that person. If she is the nominee, I will not vote for her.
Grace Lindberg

Different year, same old story

As always, the Monitor talks a good game about reform, but in the end buckles and gets behind the Establishment's chosen candidate. The paper praises a superior candidate for his idealism and abilities, but gets pushed into line by the Shaheen and Lynch good old boys and girls.
Different year, same pathetic shtick.
Laurence Murray

Deeply disappointed

I am deeply disappointed in your reasoning to endorse Ms. Clinton. "But Hillary Clinton's unique combination of smarts, experience and toughness makes her the best choice to win the November election and truly get things done." Ms. Clinton had poor judgment voting for the Iraq war; she is beholden to special interests; her First Lady records are locked up tight and are being kept from the American people; and she is the most unlikeable, divisive candidate. I know many who will NOT vote for her in the general if she is the Dem nominee. I do appreciate the very nice comments you gave about my inspiring candidate, Barack Obama, who is the right leader for our times and for our future.
Donna Godin,
Gorham, NH

Should have been Joe

I have to respectfully disagree with your endorsement.
There isn't anything positive you've said about Hillary Clinton that wouldn't apply even more to Joe Biden. Clinton may have her goals out there, but she is dubious when it comes to specifics. Not so Joe Biden. You know what he will do without question.
The experience Clinton touts is minor compared to Biden's 35-year
public service and track record of success. Mrs. Clinton is a one-term senator.
You've not touched at all on Clinton's negatives. She is very
polarizing and divisive which bodes poorly for the general election, and for the country, if she were to be elected. Joe Biden is perhaps the only one of the Democrats with the ability to handily win the election and use his presidency to unite the country.
I feel like you missed an awesome opportunity to endorse Senator Biden. Thanks for allowing me to comment.
Lori Taylor

Idaho to N.H.: No!

Please, New Hampshire voters. You have so much responsibility to determine who will lead this country out of the mess it is in right now. Hillary Clinton is NOT that person.
The thought of four (or eight more years) of derision in the political arena makes me sick to my stomach. We need someone new. Someone who will really start the process of fixing all the things that are wrong with this country. And I don't believe it's anyone who has been a part of this 'corruption' in Washington these last twenty years.
You have a responsibility. Think of your country before all else. It could be a Republican or a Democrat or an Independent. But, please, under NO circumstances, let it be Hillary Clinton. There are no circumstances in which I would vote for her. NONE! I promise you that she will lose all the states west of the Mississippi River and maybe all those east, too.
Good Luck.
Pam Carter

Give Democrats a break -- they need it

What I recall on my TV screen from the 2004 Presidential elections was a massive sea of red flowing from virtually coast to coast bookended only by a bit of blue on each coast. Is the Eastern Establishment seeking a repeat performance?
At a minimum, Hillary has two strikes against her. First, about 50% of the population would not vote for her under any circumstances for a variety of reasons. Her second problem exquisitely is captured both in the title and content of the following recently released book which focuses on The White Male Gap -- men driven from the Democratic Party by radical feminism: David Paul Kuhn, The Neglected Voter: White Men and the Democratic Dilemma. palgrave/Macmillan, 2007.
Do you really want to put Hillary at bat for strike three?
Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Florida International University

Obama, not Clinton

I cannot believe you can give such praise to Barack Obama and still endorse Hillary Clinton who is driven by her own ambition and her desire to win at all costs and whose experience is flawed by lack of judgment and leadership. I agree with David Brooks who stated in the NY Times: "Obama is an inner-directed man in a profession filled with insecure outer-directed ones...He has a core, and (is) able to maintain his equipoise ...With the presidency, character and self-knowledge matter more than even experience." We need Obama in 2008 for real change in this country. I hope that the people of New Hampshire will take a stand for change even you don’t have the guts to do so yourself.
Ann Labriola
Bethesda, MD