Boston Herald Endorses None of the Above

'Two of the most distrusted presidential candidates ever to share space on one political ballot.'

Here’s something you don’t see too often. Over the weekend, the right-leaning Boston Herald went one step further than some of its historically conservative U.S. newspaper brethren. Rather than endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, the 170-year-old newspaper suggests that neither one of the two major 2016 candidates deserves a ballot check.

From the editorial:

With all the great talent this nation has produced, the voters are left with a choice between two of the most distrusted presidential candidates ever to share space on one political ballot. Fully two-thirds of American voters have said they distrust both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump. And frankly we can’t blame them.

The paper goes on to itemize the perceived failings of each candidate, and when they get to Trump, there is a reminder of just how critical the diminishing returns of his debate performances are:

Trump showed in the course of three debates, especially the one this week, that he lacks anything resembling self-discipline, is prone to temper tantrums and appears utterly unable to focus on matters of policy. And the policies he has espoused bear no resemblance to traditional Republican values or positions.

Intriguingly, the Herald states that if the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld was reversed, they would probably bestow that ticket with a recommendation. The paper ends with some possible write-in options.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
Publish date: October 24, 2016 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT