Philadelphia Daily News today endorsed Senator Barack Obama for next week’s primaries in Pennsylvania.
In its endorsement, the editorial board states, in no uncertain terms, why the Illinois Senator is better equipped than Hillary Clinton. One of the main reasons behind the paper’s choice seems to be Senator Obama’s reaching out to everyone, irrespective of their race, economic status or political affiliation. Specifically, his ability to work more closely with Republicans (while Senator Clinton is a deeply polarizing figure, who overlooked the so-called “small” states and “red” states) is regarded very highly.
But the most stinging remark about Senator Clinton is that she has chosen to portray the successes of the Bill Clinton administration as her own.
We are frankly troubled by her assumption that her husband’s administration and accomplishments were her own. And if her equation holds, that the first spouse is an equal partner in the administration, then the reappearance of Bill Clinton in the White House is a prospect we have a hard time reconciling with the work that needs to be done.
The paper also points to Senator Obama’s well-managed campaign as a possible indicator of an efficient, well-run White House. In contrast, Senator Clinton’s bungled campaign points to her drawbacks as a leader. Some experts, though, have sought to dispel the notion that an effective campaign indicates a well-run administration. However, the editorial board is of the view that Senator Obama, having raised funds from hundreds of thousands of donors, will be conscious of his accountability to them.
Pennsylvania votes on the 22nd of April.
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