Someone recently asked me to recommend an “unbiased” article describing the race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz, who are vying for the Senate seat Cruz currently occupies.
I recommended reading newspaper endorsements — especially endorsements from newspapers that have endorsed candidates from both parties in the past.
That’s why it’s so exciting that the two largest newspapers in Texas have now endorsed Beto O’Rourke — the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News.
These are not left-wing papers. Both endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, and the Houston Chronicle endorsed Ted Cruz. Each has a long history of endorsing candidates of both parties — but Republicans more often than Democrats. That these papers feel comfortable endorsing candidates of both parties lends an authority to their recommendations that more partisan outlets don’t possess.
Also, these endorsements speak volumes about where we are right now as a state and as a country.
Here’s a key passage from the Dallas Morning News endorsement, which was posted early today, Oct. 25:
“The pivotal issue before our country is public leadership, and here we believe O’Rourke’s tone aligns with what is required now. This inclusive and hopeful tone, along with O’Rourke’s approach of starting with shared principles and working toward solutions, offset any policy differences we have with him. Leadership is more than policy, and whether we are addressing the very real challenges before us now turns on our ability to find points of agreement.”
And here’s a key passage from the Houston Chronicle endorsement, which was posted on Oct. 19:
“With eyes clear but certainly not starry, we enthusiastically endorse Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. The West Texas congressman’s command of issues that matter to this state, his unaffected eloquence and his eagerness to reach out to all Texans make him one of the most impressive candidates this editorial board has encountered in many years. Despite the long odds he faces – pollster nonpareil Nate Silver gives O’Rourke a 20 percent chance of winning – a ‘Beto’ victory would be good for Texas, not only because of his skills, both personal and political, but also because of the manifest inadequacies of the man he would replace.”
That’s right: “… the manifest inadequacies of the man he would replace.”
That’s the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board talking about Ted Cruz. The guy they recommended six years ago has severely disappointed them.
If you’re at all on the fence about this election, consider reading these two level-headed endorsements — and cast a vote for what your conscience tells you.