Sick that The Kansas City Star endorsed Roy Blunt? Read The New York Times

The Kansas City Star‘s one-man editorial board endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on Sunday.

Calling Blunt a “problem solver,” the endorsement reads like a set of talking points from his campaign. In an effort to the make candidate seem less partisan, the 1,200-word (!) endorsement identifies five Democratic members of Congress and two African-American clergy members who have co-sponsored bills with Blunt or said nice things about him. He did not receive the Star‘s endorsement in 2010.

“Blunt knows how to get things done,” the editorial states. Of course, Ol’ Git-R-Done does not support support reproductive rights, reasonable gun-control measures or expanding access to health insurance. As Pitch contributor and former Star columnist Barb Shelly pointed out on Facebook over the weekend, the Star‘s editorial page cared about these things before rookie publisher Tony Berg ascended to the big office and ran off the writers. The endorsement casually dismisses Blunt’s stances on these issues as “in tune with the majority of Missourians,” the sage bunch poised to award Donald Trump the state’s 10 electoral college votes.

(The endorsement was presumably written by Rich Hood, a former editorial page editor at the Star helping Berg pantomime a real opinion section; incoming editorial-board VP Colleen McCain Nelson, who covers politics for The Wall Street Journal, arrives after the election.)

If the Blunt endorsement made you sick, The New York Times today offers a tonic.

On Tuesday, that paper’s editorial board weighed in on Missouri’s Senate race. The Times endorsed Blunt’s Democratic opponent, Jason Kander, saying he displays “clear energy for change on a raft of policies, from improving international trade treaties to redefining presidential war powers too outdated for threats like the Islamic State.”

What’s satisfying about the Times‘ endorsement is the way it rejects the Star‘s soft-focus appreciation of Blunt in two sentences:

Though Mr. Blunt has acted in a bipartisan manner on some issues, he has largely toed the party line, including the Republicans’ irresponsible unwillingness to hold hearings on Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

With political cynicism like that, Mr. Blunt is effectively making his opponent’s case that Missourians do indeed need fresh blood in Washington.

The editorial ends with a dig at the fact that Blunt’s second wife and kids work as lobbyists: “One more lobbyist in the Blunt family would be no loss for Missourians.”

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