Sunday Newspaper Endorsements

Newspaper editorials from the Heartland are beginning to roll in: Shorter version from this one in the Toledo Blade:: Walk and don't look back.

Sen. John McCain, by nature, has shown himself to be incapable of providing the American people with an optimistic vision of the future. Firmly rooted in the failed politics and policies of the past, he cannot guide us on a path he does not see.


We have to ask ourselves: Which candidate will be better able to inspire the American people? Which will do a better job of casting off the politics of personal destruction and appealing to our better natures, calling us to service, encouraging needed sacrifices, and developing the new approaches necessary for the 21st century? Which will see the current troubles as an opportunity to shape a better future?

Why Obama?

Like the choice 76 years ago, next month's election is one in which voters have the power to cast aside the failed, greed-driven principles of governance and economics that have led to the current downturn and return to an equilibrium in which hard work is again rewarded by a decent standard of living for the average American.

To be sure, the path to recovery won't be easy for the next president. There are ominous signs that the economy will continue to falter before confidence can be restored in the financial system. The leadership required to contain and reorder the economic mess created by eight years of heedless deregulation will have to be both inspired and inspiring.

We believe the person best equipped by temperament and intellect to firmly grasp the reins of government and guide it safely forward in these uncertain times is Barack Obama.

What about his experience and character?

Over the past 18 months of the grueling campaign, his background has been thoroughly inspected and dissected by the press and a political opposition dedicated to keeping him from the White House.

The man who has emerged is young (47) but well-educated and accomplished, both as a state legislator and a member of the United States Senate. He is somewhat professorial but not stodgy, and in our direct contact with him he proved to be one of few politicians at his level with the capacity to actually listen to others and appreciate what they have to say.

During the campaign, Senator Obama also has shown himself to possess steely self-control, a single-minded focus, and endearing good humor in the face of specious attacks on everything from his biracial origin to his boyhood upbringing to his acquaintances during his political career in rough-and-tumble Chicago.

His calm and deliberate demeanor is particularly important because steadiness at the helm of government will be necessary to extricate the United States from its current crisis of confidence, both in politics and economics.

Update: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also endorses Obama today. Of note:

Mr. McCain is not the steady hand he purports to be, and nothing proves it more than his reckless selection of Sarah Palin, whose lack of knowledge to take over as president has becoming increasingly obvious and embarrassing. If Mr. McCain had chosen one of the many accomplished women in the Republican Party, his candidacy would have the stamp of seriousness. Instead, it bears the superficial imprint of pandering populism.
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    Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by rdandrea on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 12:01:59 PM EST
    Endorsed McCain today.


    where the heck has this egalitarian media (none / 0) (#3)
    by pluege on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 12:13:19 PM EST
    been for the past 28 years? If they had been doing THIS EXACT JOB, we wouldn't have had 28 years of republican division, greed, corruption, foreign policy disasters, and destruction of the American way of life.

    Nice of the chickensh*ts to have finally come out of the woodwork, but I'll bet anything that the lessons learned from the disastrous years of republican leadership [cough] ultimately will be anything but that republican self-absorbed greed and division are a bad way of life for a nation, for a society.

    They still have all the power! (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Salo on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 12:23:15 PM EST
    See Somerby, they acted in near unison to ensure that he beat Clinton (NBC and CBS specifically). Obama is all about rebranding the US in the eyes of the world to smooth out foreign policy arguments and actions--And not much else.  The Democratic primary ceeded to them all the power they could wish for. Hopefully Obama gets some cover for 4 years and they don't sour on him in 2009.  If he mentions Universal Healthcare they will turn on him and destroy his reputation. He's in a position for the media to destroy him because they partialy created the phenomenon of his candidacy. I tend to think they made him and they will dispose of him when they think the time is right.

    The Toldeo Blade is one of the better papers (none / 0) (#7)
    by scribe on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 12:57:06 PM EST
    out there.  They did the whole, extended expose on the Noe-rare coin investments-workers' compensation scandal in Ohio, another one that reached right into the White House.  
    They've done a lot of good reporting and deserve a lot of credit for it.

    That's a pretty good endorsement. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Salo on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 12:16:28 PM EST
    Interesting that it's going after Palin.  I would n't be too pleased to see Biden President--he' got hi own wild fabulist nature.

    I'm always reminded of his 2001-2006 belligerance when he went on Oprah knocking the old world right before the invasion of Iraq. At least Obama's young.  So Biden might be there as a conductive lightning rod or a reverse barometer.

    Editor and Publisher is keeping a running count... (none / 0) (#6)
    by EddieInCA on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 12:42:53 PM EST
    11 for Obama, 9 for McCain (none / 0) (#11)
    by wasabi on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 04:07:00 PM EST
    No papers that endorsed Kerry in 2004 endorse McCain.  3 papers that endorsed Bush in 2004, endorse Obama.
    That's positive.
    I'm goint to guess that the Austin American Statesman is going to endorse Obama and they (unbelievably) sided with Bush in 2004.

    Wisconsin State Journal (none / 0) (#8)
    by kaleidescope on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 01:16:43 PM EST
    It's the main paper in the People's Republic of Madison, but the State Journal is a relentlessly Republican paper.  It backed Bush in both 2000 and 2004. It endorsed Obama today.

    Sure, Obama winning Madison was a foregone conclusion, but the State Journal is the main local paper for many of the more conservative dairy counties like Jefferson, Dodge, Columbia, Sauk, Richland and Marquette, as well as the rural parts of Dane.  

    Wisconsin is still somewhat of a swing state, so running up the totals even in Madison contributes to an overall state win.

    Wisconsin State journal (none / 0) (#9)
    by Ben Masel on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 01:26:57 PM EST
    Reluctant Bush endorsement last time.

    OUR ENDORSEMENT: Now is the time for Obama

    Far more than his opponent, Obama represents a new direction. He has shown he can inspire and lead people to action. And his relatively short time in corrupt, self-absorbed, terribly-failed Washington, D.C., may actually be a key strength. Obama is not stuck in the status quo of the Capitol crowd or its long-failed Congress.

    You ought to read the Pittsburgh paper's in full (none / 0) (#10)
    by scribe on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 01:57:22 PM EST
    "Yes, they really think the American people are that stupid."  about McCain/Palin and sliming Obama while dodging the issues.


    As most editorial boards are conservative (none / 0) (#12)
    by Cream City on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 06:15:37 PM EST
    I find their endorsements a cause for worry, actually.

    Doesn't the sun ever shine in your city, CC? (none / 0) (#13)
    by Don in Seattle on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 07:30:28 PM EST
    You seem determined to take the gloomiest possible point of view on every issue. Obama leads by 10% to 12%? Not good enough -- he should be up by 15%. Major newspapers in critical swing states are endorsing Obama? It's a cause for concern.

    I suppose you'd be more sanguine about our nominee's chances if those papers were endorsing "the other one"? I can't imagine why I doubt that. Can you?


    My laugh for the day (none / 0) (#14)
    by CoralGables on Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 01:27:23 AM EST

    Doesn't the sun ever shine in your city, CC?

    With no offense meant to either party in this discussion, this opening line from someone living in rainy Seattle is laugh out loud funny.


    You appear to be the one (none / 0) (#15)
    by Cream City on Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 01:41:07 AM EST
    concerned about the numbers.  I didn't cite them.

    I remain, always, concerned about the conservative agenda.  I've seen the damage done by that agenda pushed by the major paper in my state.  if that agenda comes to Washington, it will ruin it.  You can look forward to an F in reproductive rights, like ours.  To slashes in state funding for education that put us below the norm in educational levels attained, and thus below the norm in income.  To slashes in other services, too, and to daily reports of factory closings and layoffs of people who will not have the resort of those services, that education, etc.  In part, that is because we come in almost last in the ratio of what we pay in federal taxes vs. what we get back, while that ratio is far different in your state.  So we'll hope to turn that around and take from you in the next administration.

    But enjoy your latte, Seattle sipper.  And your rain.  Here, yes, we're having gorgeous weather, sunny and in the upper 70s, while we watch the leaves turn in a beautiful autumn.  So far, the neocons haven't figured out how to ruin that here.


    The Federal Expenditure/Tax ratio is < 1.0 for (none / 0) (#16)
    by Don in Seattle on Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 06:44:29 AM EST
    Washington state, according to my source. You may be happy to know that the ratio is even lower in Minnesota, the state I am moving to.

    I'm not sure that it makes much sense to talk in the singular about "the" conservative agenda, when there are at least three distinct conservative agendas (social, economic, and foreign policy), which align with one another only very imperfectly within the body politic.

    And I can't imagine how an educated, even erudite person such as yourself could possibly write something as silly as "if that [conservative] agenda comes to Washington, it will ruin it."

    If? IF that agenda comes to Washington?? My goodness. It has been resident there, nearly full-time, for at least a generation. Where on earth have you been?

    Anyway, the fact that some traditionally conservative newspapers are endorsing Obama over McCain, is certainly no sign of the coming triumph of anybody's conservative agenda. Rather the opposite, really.