Denver Post Endorses Barack Obama

The Denver Post editorial board has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for President. Mostly, it's the economy:

Obama's plan, while not perfect, is far superior to McCain's catastrophic ideas.

It criticizes McCain's health care tax. But the best quote is the paper's praise for Obama's community organizing work: [More...]

The Post seems a little obsessed with Mitt Romney. True, he won the Republican caucuses here 66% to McCain's 33%. But, is this necessary?

Why not ask Romney to chair [Obama's] health-care reform task force, or even serve as his economic recovery "czar"?

The Post examines Obama's record on bipartisanship and finds it...in his community organizing.

The Post also includes an interesting take on how Obama and McCain became the nominees over Hillary and Mitt Romney.

Not a word about the vice-presidential choices. A bizarre endorsement, if you ask me. Down to the last line,

With the help and prayers of the American people, we believe those talents can also make Barack Obama a great president.

The Post won't say he will make a great President, only that he has the potential to be a great President.

The Post endorsed George Bush in 2004 and Romney and Hillary in the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Shorter Post version: It's Obama, by a Wing and a Prayer. Romney would be the best choice but he wasn't nominated, McCain is the worst choice, therefore we'll go with Obama and keep our fingers crossed.

Update: Obama has 50 major newspaper endorsements to McCain's 16.

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    Is it inconceivable any editorial (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 07:29:24 PM EST
    board would actually endorse Obama w/o also mentioning McCain's pick of Palin?  Guess so.

    maybe only one like the Post (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 07:40:08 PM EST
    which endorsed George Bush in 2004 (and Romney and Hillary in the primaries. )

    The LA Times political blog (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 07:44:55 PM EST
    has a riff on the LAT endorsement of Obama, after endorsing McCain and Clinton in the primary.  Blogger says how could this happen, isn't the editorial board in the grip of the publisher, etc.  Very amusing.

    Our paper is taking a reader survey to see (none / 0) (#4)
    by Teresa on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 07:49:17 PM EST
    if they think they should endorse or not. Their sister papers in Memphis and Nashville have already endorsed Obama. I think it's funny because we are so red in Knoxville and they don't have the guts to endorse Obama.

    Are the newspapers also polling (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:03:41 PM EST
    re firing the football coach mid-season?  That issue made NPR the other day, along with Rich Rodriguez's fate, which seems safer at present.

    LOL, yes they did. Poor Fulmer was (none / 0) (#11)
    by Teresa on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:07:10 PM EST
    beaten worse there than he was by the Gators.

    Best President != VP pick (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by abdiel on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 07:50:07 PM EST
    Lest we forget, Obama's VP pick was just as token as McCain's.  Biden was chosen to shore up Obama's perceived weakness in foreign policy and experience.  And his name is not Hillary Clinton.  Which is fine, except for the part where Obama has never consulted Biden for foreign policy changes nor is he being promised a prominent role in an Obama Administration.  

    The VP pick as support for an endorsement strikes me as a weak argument.  

    I actually thought this was one of the most sober and honest endorsements so far.  The editorial board doesn't hate McCain, it just thinks Obama is the better alternative.  I find that refreshing in this age where it seems we must detest our opponents.  

    The argument that McCain has terrible ideas while Obama is slightly less terrible on the economy is a persuasive one.  Certainly more persuasive than "Anyone who votes McCain is obviously a fascist Constitution-hating religious-nutjob neocon hypocritical idiot, just like Sarah Palin ZOMGROFLMAO", which I feel a disturbing number of liberals would like to see.

    I don't think the problem with Palin is (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by ThatOneVoter on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 07:54:27 PM EST
    her incompetence, so much, as that it shows McCain's lack of independence from the far right.
    Laugh away, but I think Lieberman would have been a much better pick. The mush-headed swing voters love Lieberman.

    Did anyone ever see any polling on (5.00 / 0) (#12)
    by Teresa on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:10:10 PM EST
    McCain/Lieberman. We know that's who he really wanted to pick. I despise Lieberman but I know most of the right would have given in at the end just like they did with McCain. I personally think he should have picked Huckabee and hushed up some of his weirder ideas.

    According to the Chicago Tribune (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by oculus on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:14:39 PM EST
    endorsement, there was a host of well-qualified female Republicans available for the VP slot on McCain's ticket!

    I know we discussed some of them here (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by Teresa on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:49:35 PM EST
    but they were either pro-choice or not interested. After hearing some of them speak at the convention, I have to say our female pols are far superior to theirs.

    Yes but the ones I am thinking of like (none / 0) (#15)
    by hairspray on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 04:08:44 PM EST
    Susan Collins and Olympia Snow would not have pulled in the base.  In fact, these women would have been poison for McCain.

    Lieberman sounded credible at (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:04:39 PM EST
    the RNC if one didn't listen toooooo closely.

    The voters who listen closely are not (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ThatOneVoter on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:05:09 PM EST
    the issue.

    Yes, that six percent of the electorate. . . (none / 0) (#10)
    by LarryInNYC on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 08:06:27 PM EST
    is already voting Democratic.