OMG! The landslide of newspaper endorsements continue. The Ashbury Park Press is as right wing as it gets in New Jersey. They endorsed George Bush for President, Doug Forrester for Governor and Tom Kean Jr. for Senator. Yesterday, they endorsed Barack Obama for President!
From the Asbury Park Press editors:
Obama and McCain both have portrayed themselves as agents of change. Obama's claim rings true. McCain's does not. McCain has opposed President Bush and the Republican Party on some issues, including campaign finance reform, global warming and the detention of prisoners held without evidence as terrorists. But on the two most important policy matters, the handling of the economy and the war in Iraq, McCain's views are barely distinguishable from those of Bush.
We aren't entirely comfortable with either of the candidates' tax cut proposals. But Obama's plan, branded as class warfare by McCain, would essentially revert to the tax rates in effect during the Clinton administration. It is hardly radical.
So much for John McCain's claim that Barack Obama is a "socialist". The editors continue:
There are two other key considerations that make us tilt toward Obama.
First, should he die in office, the nation would be in the experienced hands of Joe Biden. If McCain, who is 72 and has a history of cancer, should die in the presidency, he would be succeeded by Sarah Palin, whose selection as the vice presidential candidate calls McCain's judgment into serious question. She is not qualified to lead a nation facing its toughest challenges in decades.
Sarah Palin is most certainly not qualified for Vice President.
Second, dramatic change is needed. That can best be accomplished with a president and a Congress from the same political party. The partisan deadlocks that have prevented Washington from taking decisive action on health care, immigration reform and other issues can't be allowed to slow measures needed to put the nation back on course.
Darn right! America needs real change. John McCain is more of the same failed Bush policies. Barack Obama has the policies we need to make progress in this country. Yes We Can! Get Out The Vote (GOTV)!
Here is the link to the endorsement: