Opinion: The N.Y. Times has harsh words for Hillary Clinton

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Newspaper editorials don’t carry the clout they once did, back in the heyday of print journalism (and even then, the punch packed by opinion writers was usually more imagined than real). But every now and then, an editorial becomes more than just obligatory reading for good government types. That’s likely to prove the case with this morning’s lead missive in the New York Times.

It’s headlined ‘The Low Road to Victory,’ and it aims to disabuse Hillary Clinton and her allies of any notion of basking in the Pennsylvania primary results. Here’s how the Times summarizes what happened there:


‘The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it. ‘Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.’

Barack Obama’s flacks could hardly have been more pointed (though he’s also given a wrist slap as the piece continues).

It’s not like the paper has a vendetta against Clinton. It endorsed her as the best Democratic presidential choice earlier this year (here’s that editorial) and backed her two successful Senate runs in New York.

Our guess is this new take on her will generate a bit more buzz than the others.

-- Don Frederick