POLITICS

New York Times Blames Hillary For "Mean, Vacuous, Desperate" Campaign

04/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Despite Hillary Clinton's victory in Pennsylvania Tuesday, the New York Times, the paper that endorsed Clinton in January, fired off an editorial for Wednesday's paper that chastised Clinton for taking the "low road to victory."

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.[...]

By staying on the attack and not engaging Mr. Obama on the substance of issues like terrorism, the economy and how to organize an orderly exit from Iraq, Mrs. Clinton does more than just turn off voters who don't like negative campaigning. She undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page and others to support her: that she is more qualified, right now, to be president than Mr. Obama.

Read more about Hillary Clinton's victory in the Pennsylvania primary.

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