Times Scolds Clinton for 'Demeaning' the Campaign

Editors scold their favored candidate
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 10:53 AM CDT
Confetti drops as Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
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(Newser) – The New York Times today runs a scathing takedown of the candidate they endorsed for the Democratic nomination, asserting that Hillary Clinton’s attack mentality “undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page ... to support her.” The paper's editorial board said the Pennsylvania primary race was “even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate” than those that came before—and the fault lies in the former first lady’s camp.

Pointing to the glaring example of the Pearl Harbor- and 9/11-themed “bloody shirt” ad launched Monday, the editors say Clinton is “demeaning the political process.” They want her to “acknowledge” that she’s hurting both Dem candidacies. They say they’ve grown weary of the contest, and it’s time for the remaining superdelegates to step in and finish the job.