The Washington Post has endorsed Barack Obama for president:
So voters are left with the centerpiece of Mr. Romney’s campaign: promised tax cuts that would blow a much bigger hole in the federal budget while worsening economic inequality. His claims that he could avoid those negative effects, which defy math and which he refuses to back up with actual proposals, are more insulting than reassuring.
By contrast, the president understands the urgency of the problems as well as anyone in the country and is committed to solving them in a balanced way. In a second term, working with an opposition that we hope would be chastened by the failure of its scorched-earth campaign against him, he is far more likely than his opponent to succeed. That makes Mr. Obama by far the superior choice.
The Post occupies an interesting position in American journalism. On the one hand it is the reliable weathervane for The Common Wisdom in Washington, DC. As such it is a national newspaper. On the other hand it’s the major local newspaper for Washington, DC and adjoining areas. I’m not sure which voice is speaking in this editorial. The president’s accomplishments probably look a lot more impressive from DC which did not ever experience the recession than they do in Chicago whose economy is, at best, in the doldrums, possibly even declining.
I suspect that the editors of the Post believe that Obama will win. That’s probably the view from Washington.