I didn’t comment on The Washington Post’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama largely because I thought it was a foregone conclusion—it wasn’t news. After all the WaPo endorsed John Kerry in 2004. But this is news. The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency:
On Nov. 4 we’re going to elect a president to lead us through a perilous time and restore in us a common sense of national purpose.
The strongest candidate to do that is Sen. Barack Obama. The Tribune is proud to endorse him today for president of the United States.
Reportedly this is the first time the center-right newspaper has ever endorsed a Democratic candidate. The opinion of the Trib’s editorial board carries some weight with me. I certainly agree with this point:
We do, though, think Obama would govern as much more of a pragmatic centrist than many people expect.
I wrote much the same thing myself this morning. If true it would probably alarm his supporters more than his opponents.
As I’ve said in other places and other times, at this point I’m reluctantly leaning ever so slightly towards Obama. To some degree my voting for him would be the triumph of hope over reason—I continue to think that Barack Obama’s resume is extremely thin. I doubt that I’ll make my final decision until I’m actually in the voting booth but the Trib’s endorsement gives me a little more to think about.
More than anything else I think the Trib’s endorsement demonstrates how, through a combination of ideological blinders, excessive deference to George Bush, corruption, and just plain poor governance the Republicans have damaged themselves.