For what it's worth my 09 Shore pedals acceptably well with a telescoping post. I had to ride it as my xc bike for over a month this spring and by the end of the month was clearing some fairly technical climbs. I did need to modify my technique to combat the extra squish however… it's a sit and spin bike rather than get out of the saddle bike. Unfortunately at 43 lbs it's just way to heavy for all day rips.
I imagine that the angles on the shore and the empire are somewhat similar so if the empire is lighter, you can find a seatpost that allows for full leg extension and you don't mind the fact that you'll probably have to pedal reasonable circles most of the time I'd say that it will sort of fit your requirements. It's not going to a rocket uphill though so you'll have to be prepared to "suck tit" every second or third ride.
All that said, if I were you I would try to find a closeout on this years base model specialized enduro.