We’re coming down to the stretch in this presidential election (finally!) and by my reckoning the number of newspapers, magazines, and other publications endorsing Barack Obama’s re-election is 118 while the number endorsing Mitt Romney’s election is 105. The number of publications who’ve switched sides, i.e. that endorsed Obama in 2008 but are endorsing Romney now or that endorsed McCain in 2008 but are endorsing Obama now, are continuing to run 5:1 in Romney’s favor.
This is very clearly a different election than 2008. I continue to think that the advantage is with Obama but, truly, anything can happen. I don’t honestly see where those who are absolutely positive that Obama will win or absolutely positive that Romney will win are getting their confidence.
My gut-level feeling is that Americans are preparing to cast their votes for the status quo, Republicans in control of the House and Democrats in control of the Senate and White House. Like the Bourbons they have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.