The high number of voters expected to turn out in Northern Berkshire on Tuesday will have crucial contests to decide in both the presidential and U.S. Senate races.
In the presidential election, President Barack Obama has failed this time around to inspire the groundswell of enthusiasm that led him to victory in 2008. He is an embattled president who admittedly has not been able to deliver quite the performance he once promised.
Despite those shortcomings, he still has victories to point to in the form of health care reform, the stimulus program and the death of Osama bin Laden on his watch.
So, we do not endorse Obama with the excitement he once engendered, but rather with a gritty measure of reality considering the other option.
Republican nominee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is not the choice in this election who stands to make a difference beyond where Obama has already gone.
With the sad crop of hopefuls the country was presented with in the Republican primary process and its 1,001 debates, how can voters be expected to place faith in the winner of that strange debacle? The GOP field at the outset didn’t have a person ready to do more than the modicum the president already has, so how can the best in that field be called the best choice Tuesday?
In the race for incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s seat, we endorse Elizabeth Warren, but again, this is not a whole-hearted gesture.
Warren’s unapologetic liberal leanings go a bit far for us, especially given the savagely partisan climate of Washington, D.C., where negotiations of principle are desperately needed to restore public faith in our governing bodies. However, we don’t feel Brown will perform any better in that regard.
More importantly, Warren’s insistence on her dedication to the middle class and women’s reproductive rights come through as more genuine than Brown’s appeals on those topics. Most of what Brown has said on these matters seems more like acts of political defense than espousals of conviction.
Regardless of whose corner you’re in or if you agree with what is said here in these columns, we hope only that you make your opinion known in that most fundamental way Tuesday. Cast your ballot on Election Day.