DMR outlines their reasons:

Beyond their personal appeal, the candidates have outlined ambitious policy proposals on health care, education and rural policy. Yet these proposals do little to help separate the field. Their plans are similar, reflecting a growing consensus in the party about how to approach priority issues.

The choice, then, comes down to preparedness: Who is best prepared to confront the enormous challenges the nation faces — from ending the Iraq war to shoring up America’s middle class to confronting global climate change?

The job requires a president who not only understands the changes needed to move the country forward but also possesses the discipline and skill to navigate the reality of the resistant Washington power structure to get things done.

So the Des Moines Register is endorsing Hillary because she’s an insider? Because, I’m sorry, but she doesn’t have more experience than Obama. That’s a myth. Well, unless you think being First Lady is experience. Then she has an edge, but only slightly. Personally, I don’t count it.

In any event, this endorsement helped Edwards to a strong second place in 2004. Frankly, I thought he was going to get the endorsement again, but apparently the editorial board felt differently…

Edwards was our pick for the 2004 nomination. But this is a different race, with different candidates. We too seldom saw the “positive, optimistic” campaign we found appealing in 2004. His harsh anti-corporate rhetoric would make it difficult to work with the business community to forge change.

Hmm, okay. I’ve heard Edwards talking about corporate responsibility, but to call that anti-corporate? I think that’s a bit strong, but fair enough. He is a Democrat after all.

In any event, this is definitely a spot of good news in what has been, up to this point, an awful month for Hill.

But can she capitalize?

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