Newspaper Endorsements: Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Sentinel has endorsed Mitt Romney for president:

We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.

Obama’s defenders would argue that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and would have made more progress if not for obstruction from Republicans in Congress. But Democrats held strong majorities in the House and Senate during his first two years.

Other presidents have succeeded even with the other party controlling Capitol Hill. Democrat Bill Clinton presided over an economic boom and balanced the budget working with Republicans. Leaders find a way.

With Obama in charge, the federal government came perilously close to a default last year. Now it’s lurching toward another crisis with the impending arrival of massive tax hikes and spending cuts on Jan. 1.

The next president is likely to be dealing with a Congress where at least one, if not both, chambers are controlled by Republicans. It verges on magical thinking to expect Obama to get different results in the next four years.

The Sentinel endorsed Obama in 2008.

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  • I’ll state here that the Orlando Sentinel is, in my opinion, a little left of center but pretty fair overall. (There are some quirks of local crime reporting that drive people nuts, but that’s irrelevant to this discussion.) I’ve been reading that paper (off and on) for over 30 years. Mind you that a great many people disagree with my assessment, including the people in the comments section of the endorsement that thinks the Sentinel is somewhat to the right of the Ku Klux Klan, Louis XIV and you’re average Pharaoh. Most conservatives down here think the Sentinel is very left-wing, though.

    Through the years they do usually endorse Democrats for most offices, but there have been plenty of endorsements won by Republicans too, and at all levels. The paper’s editorial board isn’t what I would call partisan.

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