This morning, the Boston Globe takes a look at some of the contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, and offers its opinions of same. It’s a fascinating read.
The fascinating part is in reading it and realizing that the Globe thinks it actually has any relevance on the topic.
The Boston Globe, whose circulation has been going down the drain for years, is currently owned by the New York Times. And it’s been a fun contest, to see which newspaper is losing value, readership, influence, and relevance faster.
Remember 2008? The New York Times hemmed and hawed about endorsing a Republican for president, then anointed John McCain. Within a week or so of announcing that, though, they published a smear piece that all but accused him of being a psycho misogynist who was having an affair with a lobbyist — virtually unsourced, no one on record saying anything improper was going on. The appearance was that the Times picked which Republican they could have the best chance of finishing off, then gave him the endorsement — setting McCain up just to knock him down. And I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if that was a factor in their choosing to back McCain (for that very brief moment).
The Globe has its own history of attempting to rig elections for its buddy Democrats. Right up until election day, the Glob backed Martha Coakley relentlessly, and published poll after poll talking about she was going to win Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat. Never mind that she was an atrocious campaigner and had an absolutely abysmal record as District Attorney; she was a Democrat, so she was infinitely preferable to that (shudder) Republican Scott Brown.
That election itself was another example of the Glob’s double-dealing. When Ted Kennedy announced he was dying, the Glob backed the Democrats in pushing to change the law regarding Senate vacancies. The current law said that there had to be a special election; they argued that it should be filled by a gubernatorial appointment — by Democrat DeVal Patrick.
Which is what the law was back in 2004, when John Kerry won the Democratic nomination for president. Once it occurred to people that he might have a chance to win (that was an actual possibility), they also realized that the existing law said his seat would be filled by a gubernatorial appointment — from Republican Mitt Romney. That couldn’t be allowed to happen, so they pushed through a law to strip Romney of that power and call for a special election.
The consistent theme? Whatever solution is more likely to keep the Senate seats in the hands of Democrats.
And here now the Globe is trying to tell Republicans who they ought to vote for in the 2012 presidential primaries.
Hell, Wizbang has only a fraction of the readership and influence of the Globe, but I’d wager that I (as one of the most prominent New Hampshire political bloggers) have more sway in the matter than they do. At least you folks can trust me that I’m not looking to boost the Republican who will be the easiest for the Democrats to defeat.
The Globe? Not so much.