SF Chron Hi-Hats Boxer

Just when you thought it was safe to ignore paper endorsements, the San Francisco Chronicle comes up with a surprise non-endorsement for U.S. Senate.

Bay Area readers are stunned at the Chron's refusal to endorse Republican Carly Fiorina in this year's race. Kidding!

But the Comical also refuses to back Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer:

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.

Boxer, first elected in 1992, would not rate on anyone's list of most influential senators. Her most famous moments on Capitol Hill have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots. Although she is chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, it is telling that leadership on the most pressing issue before it - climate change - was shifted to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., because the bill had become so polarized under her wing.

For some Californians, Boxer's reliably liberal voting record may be reason enough to give her another six years in office. But we believe Californians deserve more than a usually correct vote on issues they care about. They deserve a senator who is accessible, effective and willing and able to reach across party lines to achieve progress on the great issues of our times. Boxer falls short on those counts.

Boxer's campaign, playing to resentment over Fiorina's wealth, is not only an example of the personalized pettiness that has infected too much of modern politics, it is also a clear sign of desperation.

There is a degree of narcissism involved when an ed board writes one of these why-we're-not-endorsing editorials. If you can't get behind either Republocrat you should just run a box saying "NO ENDORSEMENT," or -- dare we say it? -- endorse a third party candidate. To the degree endorsements provide any service to the reader, the service is advice about the options in an election. A non-endorsement endorsement is like a tour book that tells you there's nothing to do where you're going. (They may be right, but they're still not giving you your money's worth.)

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  • hmm||

    But we believe Californians deserve more than a usually correct vote on issues they care about.

    correct vote? What exactly does a correct or incorrect vote look like? The wording seems weird to me.

  • Hugh Akston||

    The proper word here would be 'right' in the right-vs-wrong sense. But 'right vote' reads weird, and 'usually right vote' even more so.

    The real question is why they thought that politico-moral realism was important enough to justify shoehorning in a horribly awkward sentence.

  • Cyto||

    "Correct" in this context means "progressive" which in this context means "socialist" which in this context means "democrat party line".

    So by the commutative property of political correctness, a vote for a democrat proposal is a correct vote.

  • ||

    As confused an editorial non-endorsement as I have ever seen. WTF? Wasn't her obstruction of the Iraq War vote sufficient?

  • ||

    As confused an editorial non-endorsement as I have ever seen. WTF? Wasn't her obstruction of the Iraq War vote sufficient?

  • ||

    Strangely, I got two of these in. Bizarre.

  • ||

    "Boxer's campaign, playing to resentment over Fiorina's wealth, is not only an example of the personalized pettiness that has infected too much of modern politics, it is also a clear sign of desperation."

    So, what do they have to say about what Barrack Obama's been doing for the last two years?

    I bet that's different somehow.

  • Apologetic California||

    We effectively have one senator for California in the Senate because Boxer is such a useless lockstep vote that the Democrats just take her brainless ass for granted. I don't think no one in the Senate Democrat caucus has ever asked what Boxer thinks, they know whatever brainfart Reid produces she will vote for.

  • J||

    There's gotta be some hidden reason or ulterior motive for this non-endorsement. There's no way this paper would risk doing anything to allow Fiorina to win. (Not that their opinions really amount to anything, but they still believe it does.)

    I'm guessing they're sending a message to Boxer to get her to be more hardline, endorse certain issues harder, or something. Or perhaps they want people to pay attention to them.

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    Can't we just split the state? That way I don't have to vote for Satan instead of Babs.

  • ||

    Hear, hear!

    Apparently the hang up is water. The ag interests up north wouldn't leave us with a drop if they had their druthers.

  • ||

    That way I don't have to vote for Satan instead of Babs.

    If you are the poster child for libertarianism in California and equate Fiorina with Satan then rather then spliting the state the rest of us might be better off simply nuking the whole pile of shit.

    Not to be to extreme....my new view that we should nuke California was a not hinged on Fiorina...more of a straw that broke camels back.

    Legalize pot and you will be forgiven.

  • Amy Alkon||

    Mickey Kaus would be the best person for the job.

  • ||

    They could always recruit Willie Brown.

    ...who was last seen doing a foodie blog for the Chron.

    http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/wbrown/

  • cynical||

    Strange, I just saw him on The Princess Diaries last night. I mean, a friend of mine saw him on The Princess Diaries last night.

  • ||

    Let's hope that Boxer's career of public disservice ends this time around, and all we remember her for is the time she got bitch-slapped for trying to patronize that gentlemen from the Black Chamber of Commerce:

    -jcr

  • ||

    Dang it, why don't links work on H&R?

    http://www.breitbart.tv/god-aw.....l-remarks/

    -jcr

  • Max||

    The best thing about Boxer's coming victory is the pain it will cause you right-wing assholes. It's painful to weep with your heads up your fat asses, isn't it?

  • prolefeed||

    It's painful to weep with your heads up your fat asses, isn't it?

    You seem to be the expert on what it's like to have one's head up one's ass, so I'll defer to your apparent expertise in experiencing this phenomenon.

  • prolefeed||

  • Max||

    It's too hard to think for myself. I'll just continue to let Ed Schultz feed me my talking points.

  • prolefeed||

    A non-endorsement endorsement is like a tour book that tells you there's nothing to do where you're going.

    Actually, the SF Chron not endorsing the Democrat in any race is essentially saying this: "The Democrat is so bad that we actually kind of almost prefer the Republican (cough choke gasp), but that would be anathema to our readers and crush our little worldview about Teh EVUL Rethuglicans, so we're gonna mumble some stuff about neutrality and let the less stoned among you maybe vote for a non-D.

  • Lowdog||

    I just wish the media would stop perpetuating the whole left v right bullshit. But that would mean that they were actually impartial and not totally fucking caught-up in all the corruption that is our two-party system.

    NPR does it all the time...they start giggling like little school girls when someone doesn't fall in lock-step with the 'normal' Republican agenda, and get totally bewildered when the same thing happens to the Democrat agenda.

    What a fucking joke, all the way around. I'm assuming it's similar with more right-wing media outlets, but I can only deal with so much partisan crap at one time, and my gf listens to NPR, so I'm forced to hear their drivel from time to time.

  • prolefeed||

    Buy your GF some headphones so she can listen to her NPR crap without bothering you. If she doesn't get the hint, start playing Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, and when she gets all WTF on you, let her know that the Beck/Rush will stop when the NPR stops out loud.

    That, or admit you're pussy whipped.

  • Corbus Sitzpinkler||

    What never fails to amaze me about Boxer is that, Jewy as she is, she's still only the SECOND-MOST Jewiest member of Congress.

    First...? Of course, Bernie Sanders...

  • Ted S.||

    Not *uck Schumer?

  • Mr Whipple||

    Third party candidate? Anybody hear of Prop 14? Only two in the general election. 2 =/= 3.

  • Xenocles||

    Did you see the part where they called stripping a person of a protected civil right because of inclusion in an arbitrarily populated list controlled by the executive a "common sense" measure?

  • Almanian||

    Sure - that passes for "common" sense in The People's Republic

  • -||

    So Boxer is on the ropes?

  • Almanian||

    lulz!

  • Mike M.||

    I honestly have yet to meet a single person who gives a crap about newspaper endorsements.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    It's obvious that the Chronicle is run by a gaggle of misogynists; otherwise, they would support Boxer.

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