Newspaper endorsements of the presidential candidates are appearing in substantial numbers now. By my reckoning 22 newspapers have endorsed Barack Obama’s re-election while 20 newspapers have endorsed the election of Mitt Romney. Below I have linked and excerpted only those newspapers which changed the party alignment of the candidate endorsed between now and 2008, i.e. I’ve cited those that endorsed Obama in 2008 but endorse Romney now or endorsed McCain in 2008 and endorse Obama now, or that made no endorsement in 2008.
By and large I’m pretty shocked at how vapid most of these endorsements are if not outright stupid. How can anyone who passed basic arithmetic in elementary school believe that a tax on those earning $250,000 or more, something the president has supported for some time, will balance the budget? There may be other reasons to support a tax limited to the highest income earners but balancing the budget ain’t it.
Many of the endorsements, whether for Obama or Romney, are quite dewy-eyed. Some, however, are worth reading, particularly those of The Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Observer. In selecting the excerpts I did I’ve tried to give you the flavor and sense of the endorsements. Most are considerably longer than the portions I’ve selected.
Those endorsing Obama frequently point to the, er, protean character of Gov. Romney’s positions over time. Those endorsing Romney tend to note the prospects for success of the president’s doubling-down on what he’s done before, his characteristic stance.
The newspaper endorsements I’ve linked to and excerpted below are those of:
The Chicago Jewish Star (Romney)
The New York Observer (Romney)
The Tennessean of Nashville, Tennessee (Romney)
The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak, Michigan (Romney)
The Columbian of Vancouver (Romney)
The Orlando Sentinel (Romney)
The Herald of Everett, Washington (Obama)
The Winston-Salem Journal (Obama)
The Lincoln Journal Star (Obama)
I did find one newspaper endorsement of Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. It is so embarrassing I have not linked or excerpted it. I can only speculate on what the editors were smoking when they wrote it.