In an election as close as this one, every vote counts. That’s why the endorsement of the Onion, America’s
leading most satirical newspaper, is so highly coveted by both candidates. Finally, just two weeks from election night, we get know who can claim it.
I must admit, I’ve seen a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the race, and this one caught even me by surprise. From the editorial page of TheOnion.com:
Choosing who should be entrusted to lead our nation’s government is not a responsibility that should be taken lightly, and never has that maxim been truer than in this current election cycle. Our economy is stagnant, our culture is dangerously stratified, and our way of life is threatened by a host of dangers both foreign and domestic. In this newspaper’s more than two centuries of covering the national scene, few moments in history have felt more crucial or, indeed, perilous.
And so the time has come to decide who is best equipped to lead our country through this era of great crisis and great opportunity. America needs a leader who offers a coherent vision and who appeals to the better angels of our nature. We need a leader who is well-versed in the moral and legal foundations of our freedom and will work to uphold them. In short, this country needs the best man for the job.
And so it is without ambivalence or hesitation that The Onion endorses former U.S. senator John Edwards for president.
I’m confident that this day marks a major turning point in the race. It now seems certain that Mr. Edwards will win the White House – the only question is by how much. And for those of you thinking about voting for someone else, the Onion has something else to say:
The Onion has had its fair share of political enemies in the past, but rest assured few have survived to tell the tale.
Don’t risk it, people. Vote Edwards.