A Dirty Endorsement May Clean Up Politics

It’s commonplace to say that newspaper endorsements make less difference than they used to, but they appear to matter more when they are unexpected

When things got nasty.

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The political world is all atwitter over the decision by the Denver Post, in most years a reliably Democratic newspaper, to endorse Republican Cory Gardner for the Senate seat currently held by Mark Udall.  Democrats are not happy.  Former Senator Gary Hart blasted the choice as “one of the worst endorsement decisions, not only by the Denver Post but by any serious newspaper, in my lifetime.”  An essay in the New Republic called the endorsement “baffling, because the Post doesn’t agree with Gardner on almost any issue.”

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