More Sunday Obama Endorsements

We wrote up the LA Times, Washington Post, Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution on Friday and the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday.

Today we have:

The New York Daily News: Overly wordy and infused with the editorial board's own position on issues and more a plea for bipartisanship. You get the picture the minute they call McCain's position "dead-on" about Iraq. So why not McCain? He's hampered by Bush and the last 8 years. [More...]

So What does Obama Have that makes the paper choose him?

These times call for boldness backed by expertise, not by ideology. We support Obama in the expectation that he would tap the brightest minds, regardless of political affiliation. He would need seasoned advice on every front, not least in adjusting from the rhetoric of a hasty Iraq withdrawal to the facts-on-the-ground duty of commander in chief.

Note the paper calls 12 years "thin" but makes no mention of Palin. It sounds like they are making a recommendation with their back against the wall.

The Miami Herald:

Indeed, the way the two candidates responded to the economic meltdown offers a lesson in contrasting styles of leadership. Both have put forth a series of worthwhile policy options, but where Sen. Obama was calm, Sen. McCain was frantic. He first put his campaign ''on hold'' and suggested he would cancel the first debate, and then suddenly decided to take part even as the first bailout deal cratered. He said the fundamentals of the economy were strong, then a few days later vowed to ''name the names'' of those responsible for the financial crisis.

In other elections, voters have complained of having to make a choice between two bad candidates. That is not the case this time. The nation is fortunate to have good candidates and a clear choice. Sen. Obama represents the best chance for America to make a clean break with the culture wars and failed policies of the past, and begin to restore the hope and promise of America as the world's greatest democracy.

The San Francisco Chronicle endorses Barack Obama -- with one paragraph:

"Throughout a campaign that has been intense - and at some points, ugly - Sen. Barack Obama has kept his composure and maintained a vision of optimism that has drawn an unparalleled wave of young people into the political process. His policies and his persona have offered hope to a nation that is deeply polarized, swimming in debt, mired in war and ridden with anxiety. He taps into that treasured American reservoir - patriotism - with his calls for sacrifice and national service. Barack Obama is the right president for these troubled times."

We also have the right-leaning Rocky Mountain News which cops out and decides not to endorse either candidate.

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    updated daily (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Jlvngstn on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 08:00:39 AM EST

    72-18 at this point.  Also shows circulation and who they endorsed in 04.

    Great link, and great news (none / 0) (#9)
    by barryluda on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 08:40:28 AM EST
    But I was horrified to see the race tighten on Real Clear Politics to 4.9 this morning.  Last I looked it's now "up" to 5.0, but since everyone says that state polls lag behind the national polls, the impact on the electoral college is yet to come.

    I can't wait until Obama is sworn in come January and all of this up and down is over!


    sounds stupid to say (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jlvngstn on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 09:16:44 AM EST
    but I am not worried about the nat'l polls at this point.  I think O will win MO, NC, FL, NM, MI and on.  I predicted he would not win OH 2 months ago and now think it is a toss up but hold to the original prediction.   I think O will end up with more than 350 dels.  As O said, "we just need to vote".  

    I am still voting Nader to appease my conscience over FISA but I live in Illinois so it is a soft protest vote if one at all.


    ya (none / 0) (#13)
    by connecticut yankee on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:04:15 AM EST
    RCP took out all the older polls.

    But two days in a row Obama has gained on Ras. From 4 to 6.  Gallup RV has risen to 8 over the same period.  The polls are going to bobble around and some tightening is expected.  A republican isnt going to wind up with just 42-43%


    That's reassuring, thanks (none / 0) (#14)
    by barryluda on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:12:58 AM EST
    I didn't realize it wasn't just down lately, but actually up and down.

    OMG (none / 0) (#10)
    by robrecht on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 09:04:31 AM EST
    I was very concerned to see that the The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, Colorado has endorsed McCain.

    If you read the Daily Sentinel on a regular basis (none / 0) (#12)
    by rdandrea on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 09:48:14 AM EST
    You would have been concerned it it didn't.  You would have figured that someone left the wrong newspaper on your porch.

    The Sentinel has a new Publisher this year.  Gone is the reason that occasionally permeated its editorial page.

    Fortunately, he's a short-timer.  The Sentinel is for sale.


    I was joking (none / 0) (#15)
    by robrecht on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:43:42 AM EST
    Depressing (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by koshembos on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 08:11:34 AM EST
    It's depressing to hear how many papers think that McCain is a good candidate (but Obama is better). McCain is not fit to be president; the guy cannot think - he is intuitive. The guys is erratic, has a terrible temper, his choice of advisers lousy, totally out touch with the 21st century, a war monger, doesn't start to understand Iraq and talks about a victory as if there we are fighting an enemy.

    No wonder the country is in bad shape, if the elite media lives in an altered reality everything goes.

    You forgot to mention how he overuses 'My Friends' (none / 0) (#8)
    by barryluda on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 08:34:47 AM EST
    The guys is erratic, has a terrible temper, his choice of advisers lousy, totally out touch with the 21st century, a war monger, doesn't start to understand Iraq and talks about a victory as if there we are fighting an enemy.

    What do you really think koshembos?


    With respect to the Rocky Mountain News (none / 0) (#1)
    by barryluda on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 02:25:50 AM EST
    Let's hope their right-leaning readers also cop out on November 4th and stay home.  If they do, then the RMN's non-endorsement might turn out to have had some value.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer (none / 0) (#2)
    by vector on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 06:01:14 AM EST
    Ohio's largest daily newspaper has endorsed Obama today:


    Partly makes up for its Bush endorsement in 2000 (and non-endorsement of any candidate in '04).

    Be sure to take a look at the hysterical wingnut outrage, in the "reader comments" section, after the editorial.

    And, while you're there ... (none / 0) (#3)
    by vector on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 06:11:08 AM EST
    It couldn't hurt to add a pro-Obama comment of your own, to help balance the current right-wing tilt of the responses.

    Raleigh News & Observer (2nd biggest in NC) (none / 0) (#4)
    by steviez314 on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 06:26:21 AM EST
    Slightly OT, but from the papers: (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 07:36:19 AM EST
    MoDo channels her inner Madame DeFarge, and Frank Rich castigates McSame, courtesy Annie Proulx (IIRC) and Ang Lee.  Best line of the bunch:

    But no matter what McCain says or does, he still can't quit the guy. Heading from a Midtown hotel to a fund-raiser the night before facing Obama onstage on Long Island last week, the McCain motorcade lined up right next to the New York red-carpet premiere of Oliver Stone's "W." A black cat would have been a better omen.