I realize that we still have 10 days of editorials to go but I think this morning's Intelligencer editorial, "Liberal Lawmakers Obama’s Strength," may likely be the worst local editorial of 2015.
The editorial is an attack upon the omnibus budget bill passed on Friday. The bill certainly contained some things that a lot of citizens, be they liberal or conservative, might dislike. Rather than accept the bill's passage as what has to happen for legislation to get passed, the editorial writer chooses to blame the president and liberals for the parts of the bill that he/she dislike. Here is the conclusion:
So Obama won. But voters should bear this in mind: He prevailed only because some Democrats in Congress made it happen.
Obama won? Really? Because "some Democrats in Congress made it happen?"
How is that possible -- Republican's control both the Senate and the House and it doesn't take many fingers to count all the liberals in Congress but somehow they "made it happen?" Maybe this editorial writer should read the Saturday Intelligencer to see how "they won:" (Emphasis mine.)
On the Senate side, Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, cast votes in favor of the spending bill, while Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, voted to reject it. In the House, Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, cast a somewhat reluctant "yes" vote, while Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said he voted against the bill because it did not include measures to protect coal industry jobs.
Let's see -- half of the local Republican delegation voted for the spending bill which numerically was similar to the actual House vote where a majority of the Republicans supported the bill. (And why isn't Republican Capito singled-out for supporting the president -- something Mike Myer promised, before her election a year ago, that she would never do?)
This is reprehensible -- the writer knows that the bill was passed by Republicans but chooses instead to demonize Democrats and liberals. Yes, this is yet another reason why I call them "newspapers."