Monday, October 29, 2012

The Voice of the Corndog

Charlie Pierce gives the Des Moines Register its due.

…let’s pause for a moment and congratulate the editors of the Des Moines Register, a newspaper we’re supposed to care about every four years or so, for throwing a public tantrum and making themselves look like idiots in the process. Remember, a couple of weeks back, when the president got in a wrangle over whether a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board would be on or off the record? Well, this is simply not something one does to the Voice Of The Corndog, so, on Saturday evening, the Register endorsed Willard Romney, the first Republican it has endorsed since Richard Nixon in 1972, and didn’t that work out gloriously? (Fans of the president should take heart in the fact that this record also means the paper has endorsed some people — Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis — who really got crushed.)

Newspaper endorsements only matter if you think that newspapers wield any influence over voters’ choices.  No matter which candidate you support, when was the last time you or anyone you know and whose opinion you respect put down the paper and said, “Well, the Daily Blah says to vote for this guy, so there you have it.  That’s all I need to know”?

Yeah, me neither.