Des Moines Register Endorses Obama

The Des Moines Register has endorsed Barack Obama for President. Why not John McCain?

But it's as if McCain has lost his way, forfeiting principle for gain of a few points in the polls. He put on hold his long-sought quest for comprehensive immigration reform. Though widely regarded as a man of honor, he has overseen a campaign premised on purposeful distortions about Obama and his record.

Worst of all, in grasping for political edge in his choice of a running mate, he burdened his ticket and potentially the country with an individual utterly unqualified to ascend to the presidency. Before choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain emphasized the importance of experience and sound judgment in fighting terrorism and confronting a restive Russia and a rising China. He has also questioned Obama's readiness to be commander in chief. Then he picked a running mate who clearly isn't ready.(emphasis supplied.)

On the plus side for Obama, besides the economy and his inspiring of voters: [More...]

There are other good arguments for Obama's election. The next president might make several Supreme Court nominations. Obama promises to appoint justices with an expansive view of constitutional rights and equal justice. McCain's appointments more likely would continue the court's conservative shift and threaten abortion rights, search-and-seizure protections and other individual liberties.

Obama also is committed to withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq as quickly and as safely as possible. McCain talks about winning and success, but says little about when troops will come home.

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    An earthquake... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Nevart on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 05:06:24 PM EST
    An earthquake, a tsunami...  Let's have a contest for best natural phenomenon that describes the coming destruction of the GOP.  Anyone?

    How about a cowpie being washed away (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by ThatOneVoter on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 05:14:31 PM EST
    by a gentle rain?
    The GOP doesn't deserve a big send-off.. they were nothing much anyway.

    Well (none / 0) (#4)
    by coigue on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 07:25:23 PM EST
    they kicked out butts a couple of times too many.

    I prefer (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by cal1942 on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 09:42:47 PM EST
    a tsunami.  A complete watershed event, but I don't know if that'll happen.

    I'm still on edge.  

    Eight long days.


    The Endorsement (5.00 / 0) (#8)
    by Ellis on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 02:17:59 AM EST
    Ever since I watched The Register's hour-long interview with McCain I've been waiting for their endorsement.

    McCain's behavior was appalling during that interview and it was impossible to believe that the editorial board would emerge from their visit with McCain with any intention of endorsing him. The worst case scenario for Obama seemed like they could decide not to endorse anyone.

    In that interview, McCain told the editorial board that he has always told the 100% truth -- a lie so brazen, I was surprised the board didn't burst out in laughter. They may have been afraid he'd physically attack them if they openly showed him the disrespect he so richly deserved.

    After reading the final endorsement, I feel that the editorial board was too kind to McCain, even though they did point to the usual suspects and criticized him for running an erratic, mean-spirited, dishonest campaign and for picking someone utterly unqualified as his running mate.

    It is time for the entire country to repudiate the "Modern Republican Party." The Party of Nixon, Reagan, the Bushes, Gingrich, and McCain/Palin needs to die. The Democrats have become so feeble there is barely any justification for their existence, but maybe Obama can help lead them to a place where they deserve electoral dominance by virtue of their own qualities rather than because the MRP is so corrupt and dangerous.

    One party won't do. We need at least two parties and I'd be much happier if we had a third viable political party (although my own state has created a primary system that virtually eliminates all but the two major parties). The problem is I don't see the nucleus for re-building -- or better -- creating a new worthwhile opposition party. The moderate Republicans that do still exist have repeatedly sold their souls to the extremists; so much so that they have no rightful claim to leadership. Even if they did, there are so few moderates that it's hard to see how they could gain the upper hand.

    It is unfortunate, but even if the Democrats get a substantial majority in the Senate and House they are undoubtedly going to return to the failed leadership of Reid and Pelosi. Unless the Democrats are willing to find new leaders with more integrity, backbone, and vision than exhibited by the old crew, this country will almost certainly squander the opportunity it looks like it may have beginning in January '09 to pursue meaningful change.

    Tee Hee... (none / 0) (#2)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 05:14:26 PM EST
    Worst of all, in grasping for political edge in his choice of a running mate, he burdened his ticket and potentially the country with an individual utterly unqualified to ascend to the presidency.

    Dog help me, but I do love those good old-fashioned Heartland values.  Even if they do come from transplanted East Coasters.

    Is my recall correct? Doesn't (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 08:34:25 PM EST
    the Des Moines Register traditionally endorse the Dem. Presidential candidate?

    Not necessarily tradition... (none / 0) (#9)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 09:28:54 AM EST
    ...but they did back the Democratic candidates in '00 and '04.  

    Interesting to note they did endorse McCain over Bush in '00 for the (R) primary.  Picked Bradley for the Dems that year.


    AND (none / 0) (#7)
    by cal1942 on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 09:49:24 PM EST
    he has overseen a campaign premised on purposeful distortions about Obama and his record.

    We've been receiving robo calls from the RNC warning that Obama's "radical" policies will make things worse than they already are.

    Something like Herbert Hoover saying that if Roosevelt were elected that grass would grow in the streets of American cities.

    Same story different day.

    Sometimes I think that these people actually believe their own crap.