Hometown Newspaper Refuses to Endorse Barbara Boxer

Monday, September 27, 2010

In what can only be described as extremely unusual, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sen. Barbara Boxer’s hometown newspaper, has refused to endorse the senator’s bid for reelection. But the paper also refused to endorse Boxer’s Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Californians are left with a deeply unsatisfying choice for the U.S. Senate this year. The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer, has failed to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office. There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation. The challenger, Republican Carly Fiorina has campaigned with a vigor and directness that suggests she could be effective in Washington – but for an agenda that would undermine this nation’s need to move forward on addressing serious issues such as climate change, health care and immigration.

It is extremely rare that this editorial page would offer no recommendation on any race, particularly one of this importance. This is one necessary exception.

It is a dismal choice between an ineffective advocate for causes we generally support and a potentially strong advocate for positions we oppose. Neither merits our endorsement for the U.S. Senate.
Ouch. Some on the left say the anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the country is the work of FOX News and therefore, overrated. I beg to differ. When the San Francisco Chronicle refuses to endorse Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, there’s something very real about to take hold in November and it has the potential to shake this country to its foundation.
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11 Responses to Hometown Newspaper Refuses to Endorse Barbara Boxer

  1. DMason says:

    Californians are exhausted. Unemployment is over 12%. Some counties are nearing 13% and out in the agricultural county of Imperial, unemployment is at 42%. We’re literally hemorrhaging jobs and men and women have begged Washington DC to reverse the tide. But no one is listening. All we get is national healthcare and a troop surge in Afghanistan. Frankly, I like Barbara Boxer but I agree with the SF Chronicle. After 18 years, she’s become another Beltway insider and she’s out-of-touch with the people who elected her to the senate.

  2. Mets Fan says:

    Unemployment is raging everywhere. Even in GOP hot beds like Texas and Georgia, people want to go back to work and the jobs aren’t there.

    Even low-paying service jobs like in fastfood and at Home Depot and Lowe’s are few and far between.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    I’m so disgusted with Washington DC that I would be very happy to see every incumbent Congress person tossed out on their butts. I don’t think the Founders envisioned Congress as a lifetime job. In fact, I think the Founders would be appalled at modern America.

  4. karmanot says:

    It only takes two minutes to read the San Francisco Chronicle from page one to the end ( minus 5 Ibs of advertising) so no one noticed.

  5. Peace Nick says:

    After Herb Caen died back in 1998, there was no reason to read the “Chron.”

    In fact, there’s a whole generation of people in The City who don’t even know who Herb Caen is and what he represented to the people of San Franciscans for decades.

  6. Peace Nick says:

    I’m sorry. Herb Caen died in 1997.

    My bad.

  7. Rachel says:

    I like Barbara Boxer. The SF Chronicle is wrong to not endorse her. Boxer is one of a handful of Senators who voted against Bush’s Iraq war. I mean, seriously, what do they want from her? A romp in the sack?

  8. R.J. says:

    I like Barbara Boxer. Of all the candidates I’ve voted for in the past twenty plus years she’s probably the only one I really liked.

    I wouldn’t call her ineffective. A number of times she tried to accomplish things only to have “leaders” like Harry Reid stop her.

    Wasn’t it just two years ago someone gave her a “spine” award for being one of the first Dems to show one? How soon we forget.

  9. Jolly Roger says:

    Boxer was the only senator to question Chimpy’s Ohio election theft in 2004 as well.

    I agree that her effectiveness has been blunted, but that isn’t her fault. You can thank the “leadership” of “Stepnfetchit” Reid for the spineless, useless Senate.

  10. feminazi says:

    Peace Nick – I didn’t know you’re in San Francisco? I thought you were in Palm Springs? I remember Herb Caen, because his column was carried nationally and our local paper published him here once a month. He was a genuine wit!

  11. mauigirl says:

    I can’t believe the Chron won’t endorse Boxer. That is scary indeed.

    Re: Herb Caen – loved him and his writing, aways had to read his column every time we were in SF. Also bought several of his books. He is irreplaceable.

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