In a astonishing move, which it calls “extremely rare,” the liberal San Francisco Chronicle has declined to endorse incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer for re-election, saying she’s shown too much partisanship, too little leadership and has “failed to distinguish herself during her 18-year career as a U.S. senator.”
Although the left-wing newspaper dug in its heels at endorsing Boxer’s Republican opponent Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, it clearly has had its fill of Boxer. About her the newspaper opines: “Boxer, first elected in 1992, would not rate on anyone’s list of most influential senators. Her most famous moments on Capitol Hill have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots.”
Surely, the editorial board had this one in mind.
Still, the Chronicle can’t help itself as it commends “Boxer’s reliably liberal voting record.” Today, the Arizona Republic showed itself as even more liberal as it editorially recommended Nancy Pelosi’s protégée Gabrielle Giffords over conservative Jesse Kelly – referring to either Giffords or the endorsement as a “no-brainer.” We just couldn’t figure it out.
Polls show Fiorina remains within striking distance. The two women are slated to hold a second Senate debate on Wednesday night.