Boston Herald Endorses McCain

I’m not a regular, or even occasional reader of the Boston Herald, and so I had no preconceived notions as to its general bias.  This is important because after reading their endorsement of Senator John McCain, I wanted to know if it was always a right leaning rag, or if the editors were simply under a hex or something.  Ah, yes, in 1982, it was purchased by Rupert Murdoch, that might explain things a little.

I make mention of this because when the National Review endorsed Mitt Romney, yes, they gushed a little, but they also tempered the glowing praise with honest criticisms, and judicial appraisals of the other candidates.  By contrast, the Herald sounded as though it was trying to charm McCain out of his undergarments.

Don’t get me wrong, I like McCain, and I can foresee certain circumstances during which I might possibly vote for him, but the Herald brings up a few things that still kind of bother me.  Things such as how quick McCain and his advisors are to thrash the recent NIE, claiming it wasn’t constructed from the “facts on the ground”.

To me, this is a highly dangerous attitude to take, and we’ve lived through its repurcussions once before.  Just as there are dangers in not seeing a threat where one truly exists, Iraq has taught us that there is a potentially equal downfall to seeing threats where they don’t exist.  Now, I’m all for whipping our intelligence community into shape if it’s not there already, but at the end of the day, when they hand you a report and say “this is the best intelligence we got”, you have to trust it and act accordingly.  That includes even if the intelligence doesn’t fit your particular narrative.

The other thing that kind of bothers (there are more than two,. but out of brevity’s sake, I’m going to keep it there) is this quote:

This week Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who was himself on the Democratic presidential ticket in 2000, took the unprecedented step of endorsing McCain in the upcoming Republican primaries. He did so with these words:

“In this critical election, no one should let party lines be a barrier to choosing the person we believe is best qualified to lead our nation forward. The problems that confront us are too great, the threats we face too real, and the opportunities we have too exciting for us to play partisan politics with the presidency.”

That they bring up Turncoat Joe’s endorsement bothers me a little.  Having to reread his words, the whole time I’m hearing his frog voice in the back of my head, is worse.  But “unprecedented”?  How?  LIEberman hasn’t been a Democrat for a while now, and I think the only reason he still has the I behind his name is so that when he acts like the Republican that he is, morons in Murdoch newspapers get to use the word “unprecedented”.  They get to make such a huge deal over how LIEberman’s crossing the aisle every time he does something that makes conservatives happy, which is pretty much all of the time.

I knew there had to be a reason I don’t read that rag very often.

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