Palin Hurts McCain, at Least With Newspaper Editorialists

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Friday, October 17, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Newspaper presidential-endorsement season is well underway. The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune announced their preferred candidate in the past 24 hours. All four endorsed Sen. Barack Obama.

Big deal, you may say. It’s no surprise that the liberal media would support its favorite son. However, as the Tribune notes in its editorial, this marks the first time in the newspaper’s history that it has endorsed a Democrat for the nation’s highest office. The Los Angeles Times has not endorsed a candidate in the presidential race since 1972, and it has never supported a Democrat before either.

The four newspapers all pointed to Sen. John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as a key reason for endorsing Obama. McCain has largely ignored or brushed aside questions about Palin’s lack of experience — and by extension, his judgment. The Los Angeles Times was the most scathing:

Indeed, the presidential campaign has rendered McCain nearly unrecognizable. His selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate was, as a short-term political tactic, brilliant. It was also irresponsible, as Palin is the most unqualified vice presidential nominee of a major party in living memory. The decision calls into question just what kind of thinking — if that’s the appropriate word — would drive the White House in a McCain presidency. Fortunately, the public has shown more discernment, and the early enthusiasm for Palin has given way to national ridicule of her candidacy and McCain’s judgment.

Of course, it is highly debatable how much influence a newspaper’s presidential endorsement has on its readers, just as a local politician’s support may not hold much sway over constituents. But endorsement trends could be a good indicator of the national mood. According to Editor and Publisher, Obama has picked up 51 newspaper endorsements, to 16 for McCain — a margin of more than three to one.

In contrast, John Kerry barely edged George W. Bush in endorsements in 2004, by about 220 to 205.

Although the majority of newspapers didn’t pick the winning candidate in 2004, the McCain campaign is undoubtedly hoping that the size of this year’s majority isn’t a sign of things to come.

You can find a full list of current newspaper endorsements here.

Comments

5 Comments

bacalove
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 4:59 am

Sarah Palin's recent comments to a crowd about “Pro-American parts of the country” is confirmation that the Republican Party has always been adept and evily clever at pitting one segment of America society against the other in a “divide and conquer” rule. They are the party of Division! I am so glad they are being found out!

However it was a Wise and Judicious Barack Obama in 2004 who spoke these Uniting words in regards to America's oneness and what we can be:

“Even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states.” –Obama, 2004.

It should be a crime against the American Public and a Betrayal of the Public Trust for McCain and Republicans to be able to get away with obvious lies and distortions by false and misleading Robocalls which try to link an 8 year old Barack Obama with acts committed by Ayers over 30 years ago. It is down right dishonest, dishonorable and misleading. There should be laws against this type of unethical behavior to knowing lie and mislead for gain. This is like one lying on their Resume when applying for a job. It is moraly wrong and unethical!

As for Joe the Plumber who lied to Barack when he falsely said, “I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year,” “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?” when it has been reported that Joe makes $45,000 a year and owes back taxes! This is the very middle-class person Barack Obama's tax plan would help! And Joe the Plumber belies the fact that if one has $250,000.00 dollars to invest in a business, and because he has to pay his fair share of taxes, he is unable to Purchase that business, he is just plain greedy because middle-class people deserve a break especially now after 8 years of paying more than their fair share while the rich got away scott free and devastated the economy to boot!


Mr. Concerned Citizen
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 6:29 am

Obama is imminently more suited for the job of president. John McCain has shown extreme poor judgement in picking such an unqualified person as his vice presidential running mate. It is dangerous and reckless to even consider such an ill-prepared individual as v. p. and could-be president of the greatest country in the world. Joe Biden is so much more informed and experiened. John McCain has extreme anger problems and a temperament that would be a serious concern if he is elected.
To allow the lies of Palin and McCain to continue against Obama is a disgrace to the image of America and human decency. How can Palin alledge to be a Christian and demonstrate such disrespect and dishonesty in so many areas of her campaign. I think the republicans are rigorously race-baiting and even would encourage a tragedy to Obama, if that's what it would take to win. Look out America. We are headed in dangerous territory The whole world and GODis watching. I hope we can return to honest and respectful days immediately.


Kirkmuse
Comment posted October 19, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

A vote for McCain is a vote for a Sarah Palin presidentcy. John McCain has already outlived his father by two years
and his grandfather by 11 years. McCain is a former two pack a day tobacco user. The odds of McCain living to
age 76 are not good.

The main job of a Vice President is to be ready to take over as President. She is not ready or qualified.


Independent Mind
Comment posted October 20, 2008 @ 5:55 am

Bacalove- You have to be one of the dumbest people I have ever seen. If your so blinded you can't see YOUR party is as much a culprit in the overall plan, then GOD bless you. Wise and judicious? Are you serious? Words are just that. WORDS. I want a person, be it a man or woman, of character, and brother your pick certainly is not that. JUST A SMOOTH TALKER. Like it or not you missed the point the Repubs were trying to make. It shows a lack of judgement in his associations. I have to agree. If your child is hanging around drug dealers all the time, odds are he going to pick up some bad habits and be putting himself more at risk to be harmed. It's just a matter of fact. Of course, it doesn't sound like your the type of person to be to concerned about that anyways.

Personal responsibility is probably like your silver bullet or kryptonite. I hold a new low for you folks that give Joe the Plumber down the road, just b/c he dared to ask Obama a realistic question. You misssed the point YET AGAIN. Obama has NEVER specified how a small business is going to be treated. If the small business is treated as an individual, and it makes over the stated 250K, then it is a big problem for someone like him. And based upon Obama's answer, that is exactly how it's going to work. He didn't provide stats on his plan like it would only be After tax” income of 250K, OR on an individual salary from the business and not the business overall. No, he just said let's spread thew wealth like peanut butter.

The really sad thing here is you are responsible. YOU. This is about smaller government, spending less and spending wisely. You want to send a real message, don't vote for either of them, but as long as you cling to your two party system don't expect any real change.

All three of your bolgs are sad commentaries as to the left's ability to make anything that rattles around in their little heads a truth, if you say it to yourself loud enough or write it down enough.

Mr. Concerned Citizen – In all honesty, Obama is qualified to lead my HomeOwners Association based upon what he has truly done and accomplished. Please state his illustrious accomplishments here if you don't mind getting embarrassed by the lack of a real list. I guess your “Messiah” has arrived as well.


Independent Mind
Comment posted October 20, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

Bacalove- You have to be one of the dumbest people I have ever seen. If your so blinded you can't see YOUR party is as much a culprit in the overall plan, then GOD bless you. Wise and judicious? Are you serious? Words are just that. WORDS. I want a person, be it a man or woman, of character, and brother your pick certainly is not that. JUST A SMOOTH TALKER. Like it or not you missed the point the Repubs were trying to make. It shows a lack of judgement in his associations. I have to agree. If your child is hanging around drug dealers all the time, odds are he going to pick up some bad habits and be putting himself more at risk to be harmed. It's just a matter of fact. Of course, it doesn't sound like your the type of person to be to concerned about that anyways.

Personal responsibility is probably like your silver bullet or kryptonite. I hold a new low for you folks that give Joe the Plumber down the road, just b/c he dared to ask Obama a realistic question. You misssed the point YET AGAIN. Obama has NEVER specified how a small business is going to be treated. If the small business is treated as an individual, and it makes over the stated 250K, then it is a big problem for someone like him. And based upon Obama's answer, that is exactly how it's going to work. He didn't provide stats on his plan like it would only be After tax” income of 250K, OR on an individual salary from the business and not the business overall. No, he just said let's spread thew wealth like peanut butter.

The really sad thing here is you are responsible. YOU. This is about smaller government, spending less and spending wisely. You want to send a real message, don't vote for either of them, but as long as you cling to your two party system don't expect any real change.

All three of your bolgs are sad commentaries as to the left's ability to make anything that rattles around in their little heads a truth, if you say it to yourself loud enough or write it down enough.

Mr. Concerned Citizen – In all honesty, Obama is qualified to lead my HomeOwners Association based upon what he has truly done and accomplished. Please state his illustrious accomplishments here if you don't mind getting embarrassed by the lack of a real list. I guess your “Messiah” has arrived as well.


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