…but I’m not sure exactly what.
Californians are left with a deeply unsatisfying choice for the U.S. Senate this year. The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer, has failed to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office. There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation. The challenger, Republican Carly Fiorina, has campaigned with a vigor and directness that suggests she could be effective in Washington – but for an agenda that would undermine this nation’s need to move forward on addressing serious issues such as climate change, health care and immigration.
It is extremely rare that this editorial page would offer no recommendation on any race, particularly one of this importance. This is one necessary exception.
While I am not neutral here, Boxer has always been a consistent liberal vote, and so I considered her to be the counter-balance to our very hawkish other senator, DiFi. On the worst issues they cancel each other, on the best issues they vote in tandem.
So when the Chron cannot make a decision, I honestly wonder… is this another sign of the Death of the Media? If the Chron is saying that they see no difference between Boxer and Fiorina — and how else do you interpret that editorial — here in the lovely liberal island of the SF Bay Area, then what does it say about the rise of false equivalencies in the media?