My prediction: both the 49ers and the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl

Or, contrary-wise, both will lose.

This makes as much sense as the New York Times "endorsing" both  Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for the Democratic presidential nomination.

During my 15 years as a member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board, it never occurred to us to endorse two people. That made as much sense, now that I think about it, as giving voters two choices.

Obviously, the New York Times didn't want to offend either the far left or the more moderate (if it still exists) wings of the Democratic Party. No profile in courage that.

Which brings me to Joe Walsh. The former suburban Chicago Republican congressman Trump is running a spirited campaign against Trump for the GOP nomination.

A conservative Republican and radio talk show host, Walsh has attacked Trump as  fundamentally unfit for office, stupid, a racist, a bigot, a liar and a stooge of Russia, according to the Washington Examiner. Clearly he's in the anti-Trump wing of the Republican Party.

So, will the New York Times endorse in that race? (Massachusetts Gov. William Weld also is challenging Trump.) Will the Times think it should endorse (or not endorse) two candidates so as not to offend the two wings of the Republican Party?

Stay tuned. 

My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812

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  • Comparing the Iowa caucus to a football game is a specious and disingenuous analogy, at best.

    Obviously, only one team will win the Superbowl.

    You can go to Las Vegas and bet on both, but that too, might be a fool's errand.

    Endorsing two candidates out of a field of 7 or 8 is reasonable, especially considering that each candidate is qualified and represents a different and viable vision for America.

    The dual endorsement speaks to the depth of the Democratic field.

    It also sends the message that ANYONE would be better for America than an illiterate, immoral sociopath running a criminal enterprise out of the Oval Office (that would be the impeached Donald John Trump).

  • Dennis, your post seems like a gratuitous, mean-spirited attack on the New York Times.

    It was their call. I don't agree with it, but I Why don't you?

    That said. I agree completely with Bob Abrams' last paragraph.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Boo boo.

  • I guess if you didn't think of it during your 15 years as a member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board it shouldn't be done. It's like giving the Man of the Year Award to women or groups of people--it's unnatural. Who knows how much damage the New York Times endorsement will do to journalism and politics in America?!

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