The curtain hasn’t quite come down on 2012, but the Buffalo News is now the clear frontrunner for the year’s “Jumping the Gun” award. The reason? An editorial earlier this week essentially endorsing Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
Must have been a slow news day in upstate New York.
While conceding that the nation has “barely finished a bruising, expensive campaign for president,” the News proceeds with the dubious assertion that “it’s not too early to be thinking about who would make an excellent candidate for the presidency” in the next election. That is particularly so, the editorial says, “if there is a conspicuously capable individual already on the political scene.”
After spotlighting the current secretary of state as that person and walking through her credentials, the piece then notes one slight obstacle to its recommendation: “Clinton herself.” The paper notes that she has stressed a desire “+to rest and reflect,” and said “she is not interested in another run for president.”
The editorial opines that encouragement from a certain ex-president — i.e., her husband — “might be all she needs to get her campaign organization back in gear.”
And the News certainly provides encouragement of its own with its wrap-up paragraph: “For the country’s sake, and because she clearly is the best candidate, we hope the competing factions in national Democratic politics will coalesce to make her the nominee.”
Those demurring from from that advice, at least for now, might include at least one fellow whose duties concern Buffalo — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.