The Omaha World-Herald has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. After reviewing the lacklustre economic record of the last four years the editors remark:
Guantánamo Bay remains open and active, and the administration has endured repeated gaffes, notably those made by Vice President Joe Biden, as well as the suggestion by Attorney General Eric Holder that terrorists be tried in downtown New York City.
Many of these failures result from the most dramatic broken promise of all — that the president would govern in a way that would bring both sides of the partisan aisle together. “What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose — our sense of higher purpose. And that’s what we have to restore,” he said in 2008.
That hasn’t happened. Congress is as divided as it has ever been. The health care plan included a birth control feature that was offensive to many. The regulations on financial institutions are so restrictive that they have slowed economic activity and cost banks billions in dealing with regulators.
Even President Obama admits he has fallen short of restoring that sense of common purpose. “The fact that we haven’t been able to change the tone in Washington is disappointing,” he said.
These failings point to a president who serves as an inspirational motivator of his party, but who lacks the management skills necessary to run the government. It can be said in many ways, but he has talked a far better game than he has delivered. He hasn’t earned another term.
The World-Herald endorsed John McCain in 2008.