"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

An early got-out editorial?

Could be our memory didn’t pick up something, but the first Northwest newspaper editorial this year we can recall seeing specifically calling for New York Senator Hillary Clinton to drop out of the presidential race, came out last week.

It was in the McMinnville (OR) News-Register, which often endorses Republicans (including George Bush in 2004). It’s rationale? Bipartisan, and a little different than what you may have heard elsewhere:

“We don’t urge Clinton’s withdrawal to help salvage Obama’s chances against McCain in November. Rather, it’s so Americans can get on with the real debate on issues for the historic November election. We would like to start that debate by taking a look at positions that Obama and McCain hold on some of those important issues.”

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