Yesterday, in an absolutely BRUTAL but beautifully penned editorial, The Dallas Morning News announced that “Donald Trump Is No Republican.”
While that action in itself is unprecedented, what happened this morning is what I, as a Democrat living in North Texas, would call MIRACULOUS!
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This morning, every Republican in Texas and possibly the country, as The Dallas Morning News has one of the largest circulations in the U.S., will wake up to this title running on their front page:
“We Recommend Hillary Clinton For President”
While they pointed out that they’ve had questions about some of the “issues” revolving around Hillary Clinton in the past, they made it clear that Hillary Clinton’s experience as a politician won them over.
We don’t come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II — if you’re counting, that’s more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections. The party’s over-reliance on government and regulation to remedy the country’s ills is at odds with our belief in private-sector ingenuity and innovation. Our values are more about individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense.
We’ve been critical of Clinton’s handling of certain issues in the past. But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy.
Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest.
The editorial goes on to acknowledge Hillary’s accomplishments in government and her willingness to work across the aisle, which has gained the respect of many Republicans:
In Clinton’s eight years in the U.S. Senate, she displayed reach and influence in foreign affairs. Though conservatives like to paint her as nakedly partisan, on Capitol Hill she gained respect from Republicans for working across the aisle: Two-thirds of her bills had GOP co-sponsors and included common ground with some of Congress’ most conservative lawmakers.
As President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, she helped make tough calls on the Middle East and the complex struggle against radical Islamic terrorism. It’s no accident that hundreds of Republican foreign policy hands back Clinton. She also has the support of dozens of top advisers from previous Republican administrations, including Henry Paulson, John Negroponte, Richard Armitage and Brent Scowcroft. Also on this list is Jim Glassman, the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.
They added that they “reject the politics of personal destruction” and that Trump’s values are “hostile to conservatism.”
He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best.
His serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal an astounding absence of preparedness. And his improvisational insults and midnight tweets exhibit a dangerous lack of judgment and impulse control.
It’s exciting to see that conservative eyes are opening and that a paper with a circulation among the top 20 in the country, (and that for decades has supported Republicans,) is willing to take a stand. I just wish that our beloved Governor Ann Richards was here to see this happening.
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