Evan McMullin

Evan McMullin Gets His First Daily Newspaper Endorsement

Provo Daily Herald plumps for the native son. Meanwhile, Donald Trump now has more endorsements than Gary Johnson.

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One of the most striking features of this rubberneckable presidential campaign is the extent to which the nomination of historically repellant candidates has done shockingly little to dislodge political-class types out of their two-party operating systems. While the little people in the polling booths are set to give Gary Johnson the largest third-party vote since Ross Perot's 8 percent 20 years ago, Jill Stein the largest Green Party vote since Ralph Nader in 2000, and possibly some rando named Evan McMullin the first non-Democrat/Republican victory in a state since 1968, the politicians, journalists, and court jesters who are Serious About Politics for a living keep telling us to bite the pillow rather than risk the future of the republic by voting for someone we don't despise.

You can see this in the threadbare list of office-holding politicians willing to admit they're voting for the third-place finisher, and you can see it in this running Wikipedia list of daily newspaper editorial endorsements, just 3 percent of which affirmatively support a candidate with neither "D" nor "R" tattooed on their chest.

That's why I was happy to see this editorial yesterday in the 27,000-circulation Provo Daily Herald, backing the Provo-born McMullin for president. Excerpt from it:

The major political parties need a wake-up call, and simply voting in a status quo, traditional two-party candidate in November won't do it, no matter how many, or how few, voters turn in ballots. […]

We had the opportunity to meet with McMullin and his running mate, Mindy Finn, and came away impressed with their desire to be the face of a new conservative movement in this country. We believe their platform aligns with Utah values — including equality for all, reining in government spending, particularly entitlements, reforming the corporate tax rate, cutting excessive regulation and establishing responsible global leadership. […]

We believe McMullin and Finn when they say they are standing on principle. And we fully support McMullin's statement that he "would seek to be the weakest president of modern times" in an effort to cede political power to the legislative branch of government and individual states.

McMullin is nobody's libertarian, but I like that "weakest president" bit. You've come a long way from those Teddy Roosvelt 2.0 days, Bill Kristol!

With the McMullin endorsement, our unofficial count in the daily editorial wars stands like this: Hillary Clinton 215, Donald Trump 8, Gary Johnson 6, Evan McMullin 1.

That's quite the change from one month ago, when a Chicago Tribune endorsement of Johnson put the tally at a much more Libertarian-friendly 13 Clinton, 6 Johnson, 0 Trump. Of particular disappointment to the Libertarian Party is the non-endorsement by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which was the only daily to endorse Johnson back in 2012. (Explained the paper: "We continue to believe the Republican Party offers the best hope for the country and are supporting Republicans throughout the ballot, as has been the tradition for this page [with the exception of 2012 when it endorsed libertarian Gary Johnson for president]. We could never endorse Clinton, do not choose to recommend a third-party candidate and never would advise anyone not to vote.")

It was The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Indiana, that put the GOP nominee over the Libertarian Friday with a nose-holding exercise headlined "Let's keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House." Trump now has two more endorsements than he does anti-endorsements in the form of anybody-but-Trump editorials, so I guess the ed-board unanimity has been broken. And now there's even a #NeverHillary editorial, from The Advertiser-Tribune of Tiffin, Ohio.

Still, if Donald Trump wins next Tuesday, it will be the biggest advertisement for impotence (of newspaper editorials) this side of a Bob Dole commercial.

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56 responses to “Evan McMullin Gets His First Daily Newspaper Endorsement

  1. “We could never endorse Clinton, do not choose to recommend a third-party candidate and never would advise anyone not to vote.”

    “That would be terrible! Soldiers died for your right to vote!

    1. I can vote in Viet Nam????!!!

  2. Yeah, sorry, Libertarians; Mormons just not that into you.

    1. Eggin’ McMuffin. You know, the delicious breakfast sandwich? He would have done much better than he is now, given the product ID, but being connected to Ronald during this Creepy Clown Crisis has really hurt him in the polls overall.

      1. Huh. That makes me wonder: has anyone seen Hillary and the Hamburglar in the same room at the same time???

        1. Or Chris Christie and Grimace?!

  3. Donald Trump now has more endorsements than Gary Johnson.

    DON’T THROW YOUR ENDORSEMENT AWAY!

  4. It was The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Indiana, that put the GOP nominee over the Libertarian Friday with a nose-holding exercise headlined “Let’s keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.”

    How do you know if a person has any dignity left? If he accepts with satisfaction his victory over a candidate achieved only because she’s so gawd-awful and under another and potentially devastating FBI investigation. It’s like winning a beauty contest after all other contestants drop out or got arrested, never mind how fat and ugly you are.

    And yet there’s still a chance he won’t win. Because he is fat and ugly.

  5. Man, Welch is seriously obsessed with newspaper endorsements. Does he realize normal people don’t give a crap?

    1. “What’s a newspaper?”

      1. After stone tablets, then papyrus scrolls fell out of fashion, people used to write stuff on some folded up papers and people actually bought and read those things. Then the intertoobz. /summary of history of news

        1. “What’s happened up till now?”

          “Welllllll.. First, The Earth cooled. Then! The Dinosaurs came…. but, they got too big and fat and turned into oil and then all the Arabs came and bought Mercedes Benzs!”

          1. So Chris Christie could prevent the next oil shortage?

            1. Christ Christie, The Corpulent Jesus, The Whipped Windbag, The Frosted Fat Flake, and his copious, inexhaustible supply of methane alone would be the Second Coming of the Greenies and Ronal’d Bejlij.

              The oil dripping from his pores, that’s just icing on his Bundt cake…

    2. I guess you are counting yourself as a normal person?

      1. We all know that normal people spend all their time making up cartoon fiction porn stories.

        1. What makes you think SugarFree made up anything? I think he’s a Washington insider risking life and limb to tell us the truth about what’s really going on. Wake up, sheeple!

        2. Damn, Sweet’n’Low, that retarded fella sure figured you out.

      2. There are no normal people on H&R. Also, no wiminz or colored folk.

        1. Most of us are just Tulpa socks

          1. Bachelor boomerangs are the worst kind of socks.

  6. Today on ‘As the bile churns’,. Herself is in her hive,plotting revenge on the FBI knight who has stuck a blow against her ramparts. Her minions are trying to protect the Queen for the attacks of the evil prince of Orange.The lover’s cry,the poets dream.Will anyone thing of the children?

    1. Tune in tomorrow and see if the Huma waif turns on her mistress and hands the golden security codes to the evil Orange prince.

      1. Isn’t there a court jester named Gay of the Jay in there somewhere?

        1. No, but there is an unseen stoner character by that name.

          1. No, but there is an unseen stoner character by that name.

            No, you’re thinking of a toady character named Cold Welded… He’s not a stoner, he just lacks a filtre and doesn’t think before he speaks….

            *Spoiler Alert*

            The kingdom’s entire fleet is sunk by his loosey lippey.

            1. And the fleet was built by the ‘Davis Bacon elf’s ‘and the kingdom is bereft of funds.

        2. Hey,no spoilers!

        3. Wait till you see the spin off. ‘Attack of the Scribes ‘.

  7. Is there a term for the language spoken in this here chat room? Last week I was reading some comments on WaPo and someone posted something really dumb. Yes, I know this is a daily thing on WaPo, actually hundreds of times a day. And I couldn’t resist posting a /derp reply. Then the person started posting ‘Whast is derp?’ ‘What is that?’ ‘What does that mean?’, over and over again. I thought that was a common term, but maybe it’s just part of the tribal lingo of H&R.

    1. ** “Paging Heroic Mulatto and Derpetologist….Paging Mssrs. Heroic Mulatto and Derpetologist… There’s a Code Derp in the Linguistics Derpt. Please pick up the nearest Courtesy Phone stat!…” **

    2. Was their Google broken? If you aren’t familiar w a word, that is easier than asking and awaiting a response.

    3. Also, the WaPo comments section might be the derpiest mainstream place on the internets

    4. I first heard “derp” from a decidedly non-libertarian friend; so it’s not just us. The word “derp” is an onomatopoeia, a word which imitates the sound of the thing it describes – like “plop” or “meow.”

      We do have our own sociolect, our own set of words and terms, like “you sure SF’d that link,” but “derp” transcends that.

      1. sociolect

        (notes for further reference)

        re: Hyperion =

        “Derp” is a South Park reference and is widely-shared internet lingo for “So retarded as to be not worth attempting to fathom”

  8. I thought that was a common term, but maybe it’s just part of the tribal lingo of H&R.

    It’s just part and parcel of towing the libertarian lion.

  9. That Ed McMuffin guy touched me inappropriately at a party in 1994.

    1. I’ll bet he was dressed as a clown. Did he make you ‘honk his horn’?

      1. Only after Derpy got watered by his, “lapel flower.”

  10. Also, the media is no way, no how biased in favor of democrats, even though Hildog is getting 93% of newspaper endorsements despite being a lying criminal.

    Let’s face it: Hildog could eat a baby on live television and she would still get 93% of the JournoList vote.

    1. They would even spin the story by saying the baby was ‘transphobic’ and perpetuating ‘toxic masculinity’, so Hillary eating that baby was a shot against the ‘patriarchy’.

    2. The marching orders today appear to be “Destroy Comey.”

  11. In other news, Bill Weld said he is ‘outraged’ (direct quote) that the FBI reopened its investigation of Clinton.

    Some advice. Maybe the Johnson-Weld ticket would have performed better if it was an actual alternative to the two major parties, rather than running as ‘Democrat Lite’.

    The faux outrage of Reason against Trump being ‘mean’, NC’s ‘bathroom law’ (who would have thought that allowing businesses to decide who uses their washroom is ‘un-libertarian’), and now McMuffin wiping the floor with Gay Jay, makes me wonder: how awesome are these cocktail parties, that Reason is so worried about being disinvited to, that the sell-out caucus of the Libertarian Party is willing to sacrifice every ounce of principle and self-respect?

    The sell-out caucus really screwed the pooch this election

    1. Gary Johnson’s general lameness as a candidate is a very distant second to his number one problem – his fucking atrocious running mate. Not since Sarah Palin has a veep candidate been such a drag on the nominee.

    2. the FBI reopened its investigation of Clinton.

      Except it didn’t. There were multiple parallel investigations and even the one that had apparently concluded in July was not closed.

      I’m sure you know this but i just think people need to stop repeating it. It reminds me of the term “Consulate” during the months following the Benghazi thing. It was a lie that everyone in the media knew (*or should have known) was wrong but agreed to keep repeating it just because it was a convenient shorthand.

      1. Lies have become truth. It’s the 2016 way.

      2. Comey used the word closed back in July, so it’s easy to see how folks latched onto that term

      3. Except it didn’t. There were multiple parallel investigations and even the one that had apparently concluded in July was not closed.

        And what is the importance of making this distinction? The whole nation believed until last Friday that the Clinton emails investigation by FBI was over. Now we know that it’s not over.

        The distinction between “consulate” and “compound” was more relevant.

  12. Bill Weld said he is ‘outraged’ (direct quote) that the FBI reopened its investigation of Clinton.

    Oh, come on. The way some of these people talk, you’d think our political system was just some kind of house of cards, ready to fall to pieces at that slightest disturbance.

  13. * Opens the Provo Daily Herald *

    “Wha?! Garfield just fell in the lasagna! HarHar! Now I’ve seen everything! “

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