"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

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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