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Excerpt from Salt Lake Tribune's 2012 endorsement for Obama
This is the fifth and final update chronicling which newspapers have endorsed which presidential candidates.

A rising number of observers believe that newspaper endorsements for president no longer have much impact on how Americans cast their votes. For one thing, ever fewer people read newspapers, particularly people under 35. For another, 50 and 60 years ago, most major cities had at least two competing daily newspapers that often found themselves on the opposite sides of presidential contests.

But there are no longer any just a few truly competitive two-daily cities, key exceptions being New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In the past few decades, hundreds of dailies have turned off the presses for good. It's worse some places. This year, having never recovered anywhere near its old circulation levels after Hurricane Kstrina, New Orleans became the largest U.S. city without any daily newspaper when the Times-Picayune went to three days a week.

Three years ago, in a survey of 1,000 adults, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press revealed that a paltry 43 percent of Americans said they thought losing the local newspaper would negatively affect civic life in their community "a lot." And just 33 percent it would matter "a lot" to them personally if the local paper folded.

A dozen or so surviving daily newspapers that used to endorse in the presidential race no longer do. The Chicago Sun-Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are among those that endorsed in 2008 but have quit. Some newspapers, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Deseret News in Salt Lake City have long-standing do-not-endorse policies.

Endorsements that seem to matter are those for local and state candidates. If they didn't matter, those candidates wouldn't still scramble to get them.

Many endorsements this year, whether they backed Mitt Romney or Barack Obama were lukewarm. A common expression in the editorials they wrote: It wasn't an easy decision to make. Only major paper, the Syracuse, New York, Post-Standard, wrote editorial saying they found neither candidate worthy of endorsing. Other editorial boards or publishers may have come to same conclusion and decided to say nothing.

Many newspapers that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 changed course this year. By my count, 39 newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008 are endorsing Romney this year.  The Orlando Sentinel and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram were the biggest. Only six that endorsed John McCain are endorsing Obama. The one with the most potential impact, being in a battleground state, is the endorsement of the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina.

The day before the election in 2008, 407 daily and weekly newspapers had endorsed Barack Obama, against 212 for John McCain.

cMy count as of Sunday evening was 112 daily and 43 weekly or twice-weekly papers have endorsed Obama; 144 daily and 32 weekly newspapers have endorsed Romney. (It should be noted that 21 of those weeklies in Minnesota are owned by the same company.) Total circulation of the newspapers endorsing Obama: 18.8 million. Total for Romney: 11.3 million.

Below the fold you can see what the endorsement list looks like so far this year. A • means the newspaper changed parties in its endorsement for president this year compared with 2008. A ° means the newspaper didn't endorse any presidential candidate in 2008.

In comments, please add to the list any endorsements you know of that haven't been included or that I've mistakenly put in favor of the wrong candidate.

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Barack Obama

ALABAMA

Anniston Star
The Decatur Daily
Montgomery Advertiser
Times Daily

ARIZONA

Arizona Daily Star
Tucson Weekly (Weekly)

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Times (Weekly)

CALIFORNIA

Contra Costa Times
Fremont Argus
Fresno Bee
Hayward Daily Review
La Opinión
Los Angeles Times
Marin Independent Journal
Oakland Tribune
The Sacramento Bee
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
San Jose Mercury News
San Mateo County Times
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Ventura County Star °
East Bay Express
Independent Coast Observer (Weekly)
The Riverside County Record (Weekly)
Sacramento News & Review (Weekly)
Santa Barbara Independent (Weekly)

COLORADO

Aspen Times
Durango Herald
The Denver Post
Daily Camera
Glenwood Springs Post Independent °
Aurora Sentinel (Weekly)
Boulder Weekly
Colorado Springs Independent (Weekly)
Out Front Colorado (Weekly)

CONNECTICUT

New Haven Register
Hartford Courant

DELAWARE

The News Journal

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Washington Post

FLORIDA

Miami Herald
The Tampa Bay Times

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune
Freeport Journal-Standard

IOWA

Press-Citizen

KENTUCKY

The Courier Journal
Lexington Herald Leader
The Messenger

MAINE

Bangor Daily News

MARYLAND

Baltimore Sun

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe
Dorchester Reporter
The Republican

MICHIGAN

AnnArbor.com
Detroit Free Press
Kalamazoo Gazette °
Muskegon Chronicle
MLive Detroit
Saginaw News (Weekly)
Bay City Times (Weekly)
The Flint Journal (Weekly)

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Post-Bulletin

MISSOURI

Kansas City Star
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis American

NEBRASKA

Lincoln Journal Star

NEVADA

Las Vegas Sun
Reno News & Review (Weekly)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Keene Sentinel
Portsmouth Herald
Valley News
Monadnock Ledger Transcript (Weekly)

NEW JERSEY

Asbury Park News
Hunterdon Review
Madison Eagle
The News & Observer
The Record
Star Ledger
Bernardsville News (Weekly)
Echoes Sentinel (Weekly)
Hanover Eagle (Weekly)
Montclair Times (Weekly)
Mount Olive Chronicle (Weekly)
Observer Tribune (Weekly)
The Progress (Weekly)

NEW MEXICO

Las Cruces Sun-News
Santa Fe New Mexican   
Taos News

NEW YORK

Buffalo News
Democrat & Chronicle
The New York Times
Poughkeepsie Journal
Staten Island Advance °
The New Yorker (magazine)
City Newspaper (Weekly)
New York Amsterdam News (Weekly)
Queens Tribune (Weekly)

NORTH CAROLINA

Asheville Citizen Times
Charlotte Observer
The News & Observer
Raleigh News & Observer
Winston-Salem Journal
Indy Week (Weekly)

OHIO

Akron Beacon Journal
The Blade
Chillicothe Gazette °
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mansfield News Journal
The Vindicator
Athens News (Weekly)
Cincinnati CityBeat (Weekly)
Cincinnati Herald (Weekly)
The Source (Weekly)

OREGON

Daily Astorian
East Oregonian
Eugene Register-Guard
Medford Mail Tribune
Eugene Weekly
The Skanner (Weekly)
Willamette Week

PENNSYLVANIA   

Delaware County Daily Times
Erie Times
The Express Times
Patriot News
Philadelphia Daily News
The Philadelphia Inquirer  
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Times-Tribune
York Daily Record/Sunday News

RHODE ISLAND

Providence Journal

SOUTH CAROLINA

The Herald

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga Times

TEXAS

Del Rio News-Herald °
El Paso Times
Houston Forward Times
San Antonio Express-News
The Austin Chronicle (Weekly)   

UTAH

Salt Lake Tribune

VERMONT

Bennington Banner
Burlington Free Press °
Manchester Journal (Weekly)
The Vermont Standard (Weekly)

VIRGINIA

Free-Lance Star °
Falls Church News-Press (Weekly)

WASHINGTON

The Everett Herald °
The Seattle Times
Seattle Medium
The News Tribune
The Olympian
Northwest Asian Weekly
Pacific Northwest Islander (Weekly)
The Stranger (Weekly)

WEST VIRGINIA   

The Charleston Gazette
The Glenville Democrat (Weekly)
The Glenville Pathfinder (Weekly)

WISCONSIN

La Crosse Tribune
Wausau Daily Herald
The Capital Times (2x Weekly)




Gary Johnson

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga Free Press

MISSOURI

Saint Joseph Telegraph ° (Weekly)











Mitt Romney

ALABAMA

The Tuscaloosa News
The Gadsden Times

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic
Casa Grande Dispatch
Prescott Daily Courier
White Mountain Independent (Weekly)

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

CALIFORNIA

North County Times
San Diego Union-Tribune
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Investors Business Daily
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Los Angeles Daily News
Pasadena Star-News
Press-Enterprise
Redlands Daily Facts
San Bernardino Sun
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Torrance Daily Breeze
Whittier Daily News

COLORADO

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
The Pueblo Chieftain
Longmont Times-Call
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Colorado Springs Gazette °

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Washington Examiner
The Washington Times

FLORIDA

The Orlando Sentinel
Florida Times Union °
Florida Today
Naples Daily News
Pensacola News Journal
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Tampa Tribune

GEORGIA

Cherokee Tribune

ILLINOIS

Daily Herald
Northwest Herald
Quincy Herald Whig °
Sauk Valley Telegraph & Gazette
Southern Illinoisan

INDIANA

Journal & Courier
The Times of Northwest Indiana

IOWA

Cedar Rapids Gazette
Des Moines Register
Estherville Daily News
The Messenger
Quad-City Times
Sioux City Journal

GEORGIA

Savannah Morning News

LOUISIANA

The Shreveport Times

MAINE

Sun Journal °

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Herald
Cape Cod Times
Eagle Tribune
The Sun
Sentinel & Enterprise
Telegram & Gazette

MICHIGAN

Royal Oak Daily Tribune
Detroit News
Grand Rapids Press
Jackson City Patriot
Macomb Daily

MINNESOTA

Duluth News Tribune
Bemidji Pioneer
The Republican Eagle
West Central Tribune
Duluth Budgeteer News (Weekly)
Alexandria Echo-Press (Weekly)
Becker County Record (Weekly)
Blackduck American (Weekly)
Detroit Lakes Tribune (Weekly)
East Ottertail Focus (Weekly)
Farmington Independent (Weekly)
Hancock Record (Weekly)
Hastings Star-Gazette (Weekly)
Lake Area Press (Weekly)
Lake County News Chronicle (Weekly)
Morris Sun Tribune (Weekly)
Osakis Review (Weekly)
Park Rapids Enterprise (Weekly)
Rosemount Town Pages (Weekly)
South Washington County Bulletin (Weekly)
The Pine Journal (Weekly)
Wadena Pioneer Journal (Weekly)
Woodbury Bulletin (Weekly)
Worthington Daily Globe (Weekly)

MISSOURI

Joplin Globe

MONTANA

Billings Gazette

NEBRASKA

Aurora News Register
Omaha World Herald
Newman Grove Reporter
Scottsbluff Star Herald

NEVADA

Elko Daily Free Press
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Reno Gazette Journal

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Foster's Daily Democrat
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
The Telegraph
Union-Leader

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque Journal

NEW YORK

Dunkirk Observer
New York Daily News
New York Post
Newsday
The New York Observer • (Weekly)

NORTH CAROLINA

The Daily Reflector

NORTH DAKOTA

The Bismarck Tribune   
Minot Daily News
Grand Forks Herald
Jamestown Sun
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
Dickinson Press (Weekly)
West Fargo Pioneer (Weekly)

OHIO

Cincinnati Enquirer
Columbus Dispatch
The Courier
The Lima News °
The Marietta Times
The Morning Journal
The Review
Salem News
Tribune Chronicle
The Advertiser Tribune
The Buckeye Lake Beacon (Weekly)

OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoman
Tulsa World

OREGON

Grants Pass Daily Courier
Statesman-Journal
McMinnville News-Register (Weekly)
Yamhill News-Register (Weekly)

PENNSYLVANIA

Altoona Mirror
Intelligencer-Journal
Lancaster New Era
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Williamsport Sun Gazette

SOUTH CAROLINA

The Post and Courier

SOUTH DAKOTA

Mitchell Daily Reporter

TENNESSEE

Jackson Sun
The Tennessean

TEXAS

Beaumont Enterprise
Bryan Eagle
The Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Galveston Daily News
Houston Chronicle
Laredo Morning News
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Lufkin Daily News
San Angelo Standard-Times
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Waco Tribune-Herald

VIRGINIA

Daily Press
Danville Register & Bee
Northern Virginia Daily
Richmond Times Dispatch
The Winchester Star

WASHINGTON

Spokesman Review    
The Vancouver Columbian
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

WEST VIRGINIA

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Charleston Daily Mail
Huntington Herald Dispatch
The Inter-Mountain
Martinsburg Journal
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Weirton Daily Times
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WISCONSIN

Green Bay Press Gazette
Superior Telegram
Wisconsin State Journal
Hudson Star-Observer (Weekly)
New Richmond News (Weekly)
Pierce County Herald (Weekly)
River Falls Journal (Weekly)
Sun Prairie Star (Weekly)

WYOMING

Casper Star-Tribune

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Comment Preferences

  •  I gave up on newspaper endorsements (7+ / 0-)

    in national elections years ago. Even at the paper where I worked for several years. The endorsements are sometimes okay with local races and initiatives. But national races? Naw.

    I doubt many people pay attention to those things any more. I pray they stop paying attention to the broadcast pundits. That would greatly help improve the political discourse in this country.

    •  I use most endorsements (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      annieli

      as a guide -- depending on the paper, if they endorse a particular candidate or measure, I'll vote the opposite.

      Like you, I think newspaper endorsements are better the closer to home they get -- and when it comes to some offices, it might be all you get.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:52:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Trump $ bought this one (0+ / 0-)
        The New York Observer • (Weekly)

        yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

        by annieli on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:00:25 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I know my local paper at least interviews… (0+ / 0-)

        …candidates for 30 or minutes before making the wrong an endorsement. And they will only endorse in races in which they have interviewed a candidate, which in general leaves out national, and often statewide, campaigns.

        Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: DemSign.com. Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

        by DemSign on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:12:50 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Morning tweet of the Day (6+ / 0-)
  •  I made fun of my local newspaper yesterday (3+ / 0-)

    to my wife for their belated endorsement of Obama. With all the fact-free anti-Obama screeds to the editor they publish on a daily basis, I'm not giving them much credit for acknowledging the writing on the wall two or three days before the election, particularly in light of the various Republicans they've endorsed at the state level, which only does more damage to Illinois.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by progressivist on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:06:26 AM PST

    •  By the way, add the Rockford Register Star (0+ / 0-)

      to the Obama list. They're the newspaper I'm referencing above.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by progressivist on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:15:40 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  sad. but the newspapers endorsing rmoney.... (14+ / 0-)

    especially deserve to go. romney by and large didn't provide the basic info and position papers that newspapers once used to weigh the candidates. that that many went on to endorse him -- based on what rationale, i can't imagine -- just proves they are out of touch, and have failed at what was once their purpose, to inform, report, and fact check from a local or regional perspective.  as i suspected, we're on our own.

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

    by marzook on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:06:57 AM PST

  •  A number of newspapers have BS reasons for Rmoney (5+ / 0-)

    Like the Des Moines register Iowa that said that Rmoney had "fresh" economic ideas? really?

    •  "Fresh ideas." As if ideas are lettuce. (4+ / 0-)

      I've heard the "no fresh ideas" canard leveled at the President. As if "old" ideas that have proven their efficacy - like that government plays an indispensable sui generis role in the functioning of a society, or that deficit spending, not austerity, is how to address a recession - should be discarded because they're, well, old.

      The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

      by psnyder on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:33:11 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Presidential Endorsements (3+ / 0-)

    They don't mean a lot but they can shape the conversation.  For instance, I'm kind of glad the Des Moine register endorsed Romney because it gave Bill Clinton the incentive to write a column endorsing the President on their pages. And how can an Iowa newspaper turn down the chance to Publish a former President commenting on their editorial decision.

    And I don't want newspapers to stop making endorsements the way the Atlanta Journal Constitution did.  I know plenty about the Presidential candidates but the opinion of a local editorial board just may be enough for me to choose Candidate Smith over Candidate Jones in a county Water Purification Board election.  And as partisan as I am,  I'd rather say I base my election on something other than the party line from time to time.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:08:03 AM PST

  •  Dayton Daily News refused to endorse (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JohnAdams999, Involuntary Exile
    •Most readers don’t want us to tell them how to vote. They’ve asked us to dig into the issues and races and provide all the information they need to make their own decision.
    •Some readers don’t trust our news reporting because they see endorsements as an indication of institutional bias. We want to prove to you that our news coverage is as fair and balanced as possible.
    "Fair and balanced" - does thatterm  sound familiar?

    There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu

    by OHeyeO on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:10:36 AM PST

  •  I care! If a newspaper doesn't endorse my (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mc734j0y

    preferred candidate, I'm going to stop reading/buying that newspaper.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:11:52 AM PST

  •  There may be propaganda value in some of these. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    drmah, ybruti, Cali Scribe

    The fact that Mormon Central, i.e. the Salt Lake Tribune, castigated one of its own and endorsed the opponent was used by my CA friend to try to influence her NH parents (who inexplicably turned from D to R since 2008).

    We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
    Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

    by pixxer on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:12:10 AM PST

  •  Not Presidential, but for US Senate race the right (3+ / 0-)

    leaning Indianapolis Star endorsed DEMOCRATIC US Senate Candidate Joe Donnelly over Republican Richard Mourdock.  

  •  Wisconsin State Journal is a right-wing rag. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Badjuh, Belle Ame

    Their editorial board is filled with frustration because their subscriber base only gets the newspaper for the sports and throws away the rest of the paper.

    So they move more and more to the right.

    This newspaper endorsed Scott Walker in 2010 because of jobs and were shocked, SHOCKED that he turned down federal high-speed rail money that would have given us 4,500 jobs. Even though he ran on it. They thought he would change his mind because they asked him to.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    Stupid and irrelevant little paper.

    The only thing they did different this election cycle is that the editorial writer who has a personal vendetta against Tammy Baldwin and who has been endorsing her opponents since 1994 has finally endorsed the Democrat in WI-02. Even though he is just as liberal as Tammy Baldwin.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:12:55 AM PST

  •  I care. I love newspapers. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    quaoar, Belle Ame, Hill Jill, philimus

        The industry has been hard-hit, like cars, but newspapers will not die.  They will evolve to what the public wants, and then they will thrive again.
         I also want the Democratic Party to spend some money to produce its own newspaper, which I think could aptly be called "THE DAILY TRUTH."  This would go a long ways toward shining light onto the daily lies of the Republican-Fascist Party.
         Let's be kind to newspapers, Kossacks.  Jefferson saw these as one of the bulwarks of democracy, and even if many have strayed, or been bought off, the journalists who are suffering so much these days are a good bunch in general who have often put themselves in danger to bring us the stories and truth we so badly need as a people.
         God bless American newspapers, and may they survive the new Dark Ages.
          And for those who endorsed President Obama for re-election, I salute them for their courage in the face of ignorance, fear and hate.

    •  Well said, LibertySon (0+ / 0-)

      I love newspapers too - I read three every morning. I understand them and what they are doing and I often can read between the lines, AND they are fun to clip and mail to friends. You can't do that with MSNBC, though I much respect and appreciate what people like Rachel and Ed are doing. They do very fine work. God bless them!

    •  Some newspapers will survive in some form... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but as for newspapers not dying, 200 of 1600 dailies have died in the past 20 years.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:39:21 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Lets begin (0+ / 0-)

      By bringing  back the "fairness doctrine" to all the media.

      The Job Killing Republican Party is directly responsible for the Great Bush Recession.

      by earthling1 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:43:39 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I live in Ground Zero, Columbus, Ohio, and our (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tardis10

    local newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch, ALWAYS nominates the Republican candidate for president, no matter how unqualified the Republican is.

    In 2004, the Dispatch spent a full page lenght column describing all the things wrong with GWB, and spent the next page length column telling readers all the things right with John Kerry (and I seem to recall that they even debunked the swift boat attacks), then, in the last paragraph, which must have been written by the Publisher, it said that the Dispatch endorses GWB.

    In probably 75 per cent of Ohio newspapers, it is easy to predict who they will endorse, and given this high level of predictability, the newspapers have, through this predictability, made their endorsement worthless.  Despite their claims of objective evaluation of the facts, there is no evidence that they actually behave as they say they will.

    So from me, a general pffffft for newspaper endorsements.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:18:02 AM PST

  •  Who actually reads newspapers anymore? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mumon

    My grandfather has a newspaper delivered, mainly to have something to look at during breakfast. My mom buys them on Sundays for the coupons but throws the papers out. Nobody my age reads a physical newspaper.

  •  You have the Worcester Telegram and Gazette (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades, mc734j0y

    listed twice. I believe the belong under the Rmoney column.

    Revenge is a dish best served on White House china.

    by RickBoston on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:20:06 AM PST

  •  Any newspaper endorsing Romney should admit it: (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Plu, progressivist, mc734j0y, snazzzybird

    "We don't know what Romney will do as POTUS because he refuses to say. We're counting on him to roll back the clock (see: Hillbilly Dem tag line below) and what's more, he's a white man."

    The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

    by Hillbilly Dem on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:20:45 AM PST

  •  well (0+ / 0-)
    The Wall Street Journal,...(has)long-standing do-not-endorse policies.
    They just spend thousands of column inches over four years straight bashing OBAMA, and have virtually nothing positive to say about him, ever.

    Why publish an endorsement on the editorial page when you can slant the news.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:21:10 AM PST

  •  By the way, any chance you can highlight (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mumon, mc734j0y

    the Murdoch papers? Cape Code Times is one, for example.

    Revenge is a dish best served on White House china.

    by RickBoston on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:21:30 AM PST

    •  Wikipedia has a list (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Meteor Blades

      here

      You have to click through some sublinks to get to all the papers owned by subsidiaries...for example, the Cape Cod Times is part of Dow Jones Local Media Group, which also includes

      Daily newspapers are:

      Ashland Daily Tidings of Ashland, Oregon
      Cape Cod Times of Barnstable, Massachusetts
      Mail Tribune of Medford, Oregon
      Pocono Record of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
      The Portsmouth Herald of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
      The Record of Stockton, California
      The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts
      Times Herald-Record of Middletown, New York

      Weekly and twice-weekly newspapers include the following:

      The Barnstable Patriot of Barnstable, Massachusetts
      The Inquirer & Mirror of Nantucket, Massachusetts
      Hathaway Publishing, published alongside The Standard-Times:
      The Advocate of Fairhaven, Massachusetts
      The Chronicle of Dartmouth, Massachusetts
      The Fall River Spirit of Fall River, Massachusetts
      Middleboro Gazette of Middleborough, Massachusetts
      The Spectator of Somerset, Massachusetts
      The New England Business Bulletin of Southeastern Massachusetts
      Seacoast Media Group, published alongside The Portsmouth Herald:
      The Exeter News-Letter of Exeter, New Hampshire (twice-weekly)
      The Hampton Union of Hampton, New Hampshire (twice-weekly)
      The Rockingham News of Plaistow, New Hampshire
      York County Coast Star of Kennebunk, Maine
      The York Weekly of York, Maine
      Hudson Valley Media Group, published alongside the Times Herald-Record:
      The Gazette of Port Jervis, New York

  •  That's an impressive list. (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for putting it together. I've bookmarked a lot of papers because I like to read different perspectives and scuttlebutt on local races but I've never even heard of most of those.

    In the pre-internet age endorsements played an important role but today there are so many news sources available that I think they've lost a lot of their impact. Besides, today most are so predictable that the only ones that truly stand out are man-bites-dog.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:23:31 AM PST

  •  I wouldn't choose based on an endorsement, but (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    gr8trtl, Mumon, mc734j0y, Hill Jill, boudi08

    I damn sure cancelled my subscription to The Tennessean. I told them that if they supported a lying, craven, smug, pious charlatan such as Romney, then I have serious doubts about their ability to report on any issue more significant than a school bake sale.

    Then I donated my remaining month's subscription fee to Obama :)

  •  Multiple Daily Papers NYC (3+ / 0-)
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    Mumon, Meteor Blades, charliehall2

    "But there are no longer any two-daily cities. "

    In New York, we have at least 3: NY Times, Daily News, the Post. Possibly we should also count Newsday.

  •  If Obama really has this one... (0+ / 0-)

    ...it's because Romney really failed.

    More:

    http://tinyurl.com/...

  •  Newspapers often endorse because (1+ / 0-)
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    earthling1

    They are in a social/financial nexus with their main advertisers. Try making that point in a letter to the editor, pointing out the adverse consequences for their advertisers as a result of their Republican endorsement, especially in this age of social media.

    Don't expect the letter to be published, though.

    Like, as you say, it matters one jot.

  •  Jacksonville Times Union (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    The greater Jax area has a population of 1.35 million.  The paper was a split endorsement in 2008 and it's no surprise that Mitt Romney leads a list of Times-Union endorsements.

    Today's front page center: Romeny has a 5-point lead in Florida.  I'd be concerned, but for two things: 1.  They are quoting an Insider Advantage Poll which I do not believe is even close to being accurate and 2.  Your very good question in the title of this piece "Does anybody really care".  

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:44:44 AM PST

  •  Are endorsements imposed/influenced by the (0+ / 0-)

    publishing chain the paper belongs to? Is the endorsement a local editorial decision or comes from corporate HQ?

  •  The Wall Street Journal? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    earthling1, foreverblue

    M. B. says the WSJ has a do not endorse policy. Really? My impression is that the WSJ, which I read daily cover to cover, endorses the Republican candidates, president on down, every day in every way in every ed. and op. ed. page they print and in most news reporting.  You don't have to use the word 'endorse' -- just keep telling favorable lies about Republicans.
    Way of life for the conservatives these days.

  •  Pee Wee Herman's endorsement means more to me (0+ / 0-)

    He endorsed President Obama, of course.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:58:57 AM PST

  •  Breaking! (0+ / 0-)

    The Deseret News refuses to endorse Mitt Romney!

    C'mon... It's silly season.

    Through our concerted efforts, and with no small help from the Republican Party - We just may have dodged the latest bullet sent in the country's general direction.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:59:23 AM PST

  •  Why do I see headlines when a paper endorsesRomney (0+ / 0-)

    In nationally distributed papers.

    I don't remember seeing a single headline about an Obama endorsement.  Do I have blinders on?

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” Former Democratic Congressman - Tom Perriello "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - MHP

    by justmy2 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:02:46 AM PST

  •  Long Island Newsday (2+ / 0-)
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    charliehall2, earthling1

    After going without electric, heat and hot water for five days and then opening my Sunday edition of Newsday to see them endorsing Romney, I was so aggravated!!!!  I have been reading Newsday since a kid in the 1970's and have been getting home delivery for 25 years at my present home.  This AM I called up and canceled and made sure they knew it was because of the Romney endorsement.  I'm not alone in this, there is a group of progressives here on LI and we are starting to encourage others to cancel.  

    Newsday's endorsement may not help Romney but it is not helping their bottom line either!!!!

    Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.

    by Renie57 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:03:09 AM PST

  •  Bangor Daily News (0+ / 0-)

    The BDN endorsed Obama-Biden: http://bangordailynews.com/....

    This may be of significance as the Romney-Ryan campaign was trying to capture the 1 electoral vote conferred by winning Maine's 2nd Congressional District.  And Bangor is the second largest city in Maine's 2nd CD (after Lewiston).

  •  Glens Falls (NY) Post Star endorsed Obama... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades

    yesterday. I think their circulation is around 25,000.

    "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

    by RonV on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:05:54 AM PST

  •  Kansas Endorsements (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    Lawrence Journal World - Romney

    Wichita Eagle - no endorsement

    Topeka Capital Journal - no endorsement

    It's amazing what people will do to others in the name of themselves.

    by ABlueKansas on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:06:52 AM PST

  •  Wait a second - someone dropped the ball.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ClevelandAttorney

    I see that, in Massachusetts, a local newspaper named "The Republican" endorsed Obama.

    How did we NOT see a headline reading, "Massachusetts Republican Endorses Obama"?

    C'mon, folks, who let THAT one slip through the cracks?

  •  Romney getting all the endorsements (0+ / 0-)

    It's funny that because Romney is suddenly getting all of the newspaper endorsements, especially from liberal rags that flopped from endorsing Obama, the Daily K suddenly says they don't matter. How about some honesty; if they were endorsing Obama would you still be singing the same tune?

  •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

    Some of those endorsement numbers are amazing.  I can't believe they endorsed Dole over Clinton in 96 and Bush over Gore in 2000.  Bush over Kerry in 04?  Are you kidding me?

    Ford over Carter in 1976 is maybe a little easier to understand.

  •  You can add another Obama endorsement (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CJB, Meteor Blades

    from Massachusetts: The Sun Chronicle (Attleboro/North Attleboro, which is a very red part of the state). They also endorsed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Kennedy III.

  •  Here's another list I found yesterday (0+ / 0-)

    2012 General Election Editorial Endorsements by Major Newspapers

    There is a link to 2008 endorsements in the bottom portion of the scorecard.

    He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. ~ Arab Proverb

    by Terre on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:37:47 AM PST

  •  To answer your question MB (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ClevelandAttorney

    It depends on the paper and the editorial.

    That endorsement by the Tennesseean, for example, was full of snark against Romney, even though Romney was who they endorsed.

    The Chicago Tribune, a very conservative paper, endorsed Obama both imes, the first time in the paper's history that they ever endorsed a Democrat for President

  •  Still laughing at The Oregonian's (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ClevelandAttorney

    lack of endorsement.  They know that a nod to Willard would lose them the few subscribers they have left.  We get the weekend package only because my husband felt so sorry for the sadsack at Fred's who was hawking subscriptions.

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:43:44 AM PST

  •  We didn't endorse here. (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    Our community has historically seen such endorsements as evidence of liberal bias.  I know everyone on the editorial board, and those are some very smart, very perceptive people.  No way that any of them supports Romney, but they are not willing to say so in print...

    When do I get to vote on your marriage?

    by jarhead5536 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:47:48 AM PST

  •  Plain Dealer Endorsement in OH is BIG (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    AussieforObama2ndterm

    And Surprising. People do talk about it. Yes they did endorse in 08. But it was after they sat out (for first time since 1936) 04.

    However, we call it the "Plainly Republican". It is quite frankly shocking today, even more so and big than in 08.

    It is read all over Ohio.

    Looking at their Record- Since 1940 I count something like 14 R's and 5 D's endorsed (Obama 2x, Clinton 2x, LBJ)
    Republicans: Wilkie (not FDR), Dewey (not FDR, commies in reason again) Dewey, Eisehnower, Eisenhower, Nixon, LBJ, Nixon, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II

    People may assume because it's the "Cleveland" PD. That it's democratic. It's not. I always heard of it referred to as the "Plainly Republican".

    So LBJ was the only Democrat since 1940 (until Clinton). I imagine a lot of newspapers like this HAD to endorse Obama in 08. Probably similarly couldn't. I'd be more interested in history like this not endorsements per se, but I know we were all very surprised (they also endorsed Sherrod Brown).

    Below some great "reasoning" I like the Commie Propaganda (Starting against FDR)

    1940 Republican Wilkie Wendel

    Oct. 20: The Plain Dealer supports Wendell L. Willkie for president because, being acquainted with business, he knows the importance of keeping expenditures within the limits of one’s income. He knows that insolvency and disaster lie down the road of continuous deficit spending

    … Two terms in the presidency have not taught Mr. Roosevelt these fundamental necessities. We doubt if a third term would.

    1944 Republican  Thomas Dewey
    It is time for a change because Communists and other left-wingers who want to revolutionize the American form of government by establishing some form of state-socialism are becoming more and more entrenched in the government … and their power will increase if they succeed in electing Roosevelt to a fourth term.
    1948 Republican Thomas Dewey
    Mr. Truman has at times stooped to mud slinging that is beneath the office he holds. At other times … he has played fast and loose with facts that are known to all.
    1952 Republican Dwight Eisenhower
    Oct. 28: It’s time for a change. The way to get a fresh approach to the Communist menace, domestically and internationally, is to elect Gen. Eisenhower president.
    1956 Republican Dwight Eisenhower
    We won’t go so far as President Truman did in 1948 when he said that anyone who didn’t vote for him ought to have his head examined, but we will say that President Eisenhower has all the issues going for him

    1960 Republican Richard Nixon

    It is the issue of survival of the United States as a free nation in the face of Communist threats to “bury” us. It also is the issue of survival within the United States of the individual freedoms which citizens have so long enjoyed. . . … Mr. Nixon is by temperament, training, and experience far strong in this all-imporant aspect than his opponent. … Mr. Nixon is more mature and stable in his thinking and attitudes.
    (Nailed that one)

    1964 DEMOCRAT LBJ ONLY BECAUSE
    of the two men "President Johnson has demonstrated … that he understands the presidency and that ne can cope with its responsibilities. … He has proved to be amazingly effective in dealing with Congress."

    1968 Republican Nixon

    This year the country looks for change, a new approach.

    We have picked Mr. Nixon because we feel he is the candidate who has the best chance to give this country a new forward movement, a new point of view.

    The Republican candidate for president this year is directing his campaign toward unity – of his party and his country. Mr. Nixon gives every indication that he has learned from past mistakes.

    (guess he should've made more to learn from?)

    1972 Republican Nixon

    which would do the best job for the most people in this country?

    The Plain Dealer feels the evidence is lopsided. We urge the re-election of President Richard M. Nixon.

    1976 Republican Ford
    … The Plain Dealer has always used one simple yardstick. “Are the incumbents all that bad, and do the challengers give you any reason to believe they can do better?”

    1980 Republican Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan best understands the need to chance some of this nation’s laws and institutions to get the country rolling again. He seems to best understrand the basic problems of declining economic productivity and international military stature. And more than any other candidate, Reagan seems ready to call on some of the country’s best minds to help him do the job.
    1984 Republican Reagan
    If Americans think beyond President Reagan’s television ads to the many inconsistencies and failures of the administration, and if Ohioans think about the special troubles of their state, they will not give Reagan the mandate so many observers now expected. He needs to be sent a message that Americans want more sensitivity to major problems, fewer television images and more results.
    (But then go on to say the Democrats don't offer any solutions)

    1988 Republican Bush I

    (really ringing endorsement)
    … Sen. Dan Quayle [is] perhaps the biggest mistake of George Bush’s political life. But we’ve had abysmal vice-presidential candidates before. … We will have to live with the choice of Quayle and hope that the more competent people in the administration can overshadow the shallow senator from Indiana.

    1992 Democrat Bill Clinton

    Clinton shows the fire and desire to take on that mission. He offers the electorate thoughtful plans for meeting the enormous challenges facing this country. He exhibits the perseverance, maturity and toughness of mind required to turn those plans into action. And he has wisely led his party to the country's political center, where most Americans feel at ease.
    1996 Democrat Bill Clinton
    For four years, Bill Clinton has conveyed an empathy with his constituents that few presidents have matched. Economic opportunity, educational opportunity, equal opportunity, health care, crime - all are prominent among Americans' concerns for their own and the country's future. And all have been high on this president's agenda.
    But back to RRegularly scheduled program

    2000  Republican Bush II

    Why, it is fair to ask, given nearly nine years of unparalleled economic expansion during the two terms of Bill Clinton's presidency, does this newspaper support turning out the party in power?

    YES DO TELL!
    … We do so because, among his many other skills, Bush possesses a quality his opponent, Al Gore, cannot claim: authenticity.
    Ah. Maybe OH would've been Closer but the PD didn't find Gore "Authentic enough". After well you read it.

    2004 NO ONE?

    A majority of the editorial board favored Kerry, but after long and difficult deliberations, it was decided that the better path would be to sit this one out.… We believe our readers are perfectly capable of judging that conduct for themselves and deciding whether Bush's flaws bother them more than Kerry's ambiguities.
    2008 Democrat Obama
    After eight years of George W. Bush, America needs a change in direction and a change in tone.

    It needs a president who understands that, yes, the world can be dangerous, but it is also complex. That the United States cannot defend its freedom by abandoning its principles. That it cannot ignore its allies one day and demand their help the next.

    It needs a president who knows that optimism, not fear, defines America. That tax cuts and deregulation alone are not an economic strategy. That Washington cannot sit idle when a great city is devastated by nature or when millions of hardworking Americans are devastated by losing their homes, their jobs, their health care.

    … Barack Obama can be that leader.

    2012 OBAMA AGAIN
  •  Astonishingly, the Conway Daily Sun in NH (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades

    endorsed Obama:

    We heartily and without reservation endorse President Barack Obama.
  •  Pittsburgh (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    philimus, Meteor Blades, charliehall2
    But there are no longer any two-daily cities except New York and Chicago.
    Post Gazette and Tribune-Review are still both in 7-day print circulation.

    Sorry to pick nits, but I continue to be amazed that Pittsburgh still has two papers.

    •  Also, don't Detroit and Washington, DC have two... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      charliehall2

      ... papers apiece? I'm thinking of The Detroit News and The Detroit Free-Press (though I believe they share the same printing press). Then the nation's crapital has The Washington Boast (of course) and the loony-moonie Washington Times.

      As for the bigger question of whether newspaper endorsements still matter, IMHO they don't usually make much of a difference but -- in a close election where GOTV efforts really are crucial to winning this or that state -- they can deliver a few more important ballots on the margins. And sometimes, swaying that last 0.1 percent of the undecideds (or getting another couple thousand of supporters to actually vote) can determine the outcome.

      I still remember how painful it was to lose to Bush the Dumber by the narrowest of turnout shortfalls in 2000 and how nice it was to see Jim Webb elected to the Senate in Virginia in 2006. I don't know that having newspaper endorsements helped in the latter case, but they sure didn't hurt.

  •  Sadly but predictably, (0+ / 0-)

    the Watertown (NY) Daily Times, circulation 29K, endorsed Romney,

    More importantly, it endorsed Matt Doheney, the challenger against Bill Owens in NY -21 US Congressional District. This is a close one, and Doheney is receiving a lot of help (money, adds) from out of state. Owens is a conservative Democrat, but on the whole a decent Congresscritter, and a sure vote for Pelosi as Speaker. Doheney is a NYC investment bankster, and will hew the teabagger line.

  •  Peoria (IL) Journal Star endorsed Romney (0+ / 0-)

    I must admit I was shocked.  "Downstate" is "red state", but Peoria is - well, maybe not blue, but purple.  They fell for the whole "smaller government, reduced debt" bullshit line that the rethugs put out.  I thought at least the newspaper would look at what they DO, instead of what they SAY.  

    Fox News is to the truth as a flaming bag of dog shit is to a packed lunch. --MinistryOfTruth

    by snazzzybird on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:28:39 AM PST

  •  Of course... (0+ / 0-)

    ..someone cares.. Or they wouldn't be doing it.

  •  Cities with Two Daily Newspapers (3+ / 0-)
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    philimus, Meteor Blades, charliehall2

    A quick google search reveals most major cities still have 2+ daily newspapers.

    Anchorage has the Daily News and the Journal.

    Boston has the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.

    Chicago has the Sun Times and the Tribune.

    Detroit has the News and Free Press.

    Little Rock has the Times and the Democrat-Gazette.

    Los Angeles has the Times and the Daily News (as well as IBD and La Opinion)

    Madison has the Badger Herald, Times, Daily Cardinal, Wisconsin State Journal, the Madison Misnomer, and Isthmus, though not sure those are all daily.

    New York has the New York Times, Daily News, Post, and Wall Street Journal.

    Oklahoma has the Oklahoman and the Journal Record.

    Phoenix has the Gazette, the Times, and the Business Journal (as well as La Voz).

    Pittsburgh has the Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review.

    Tucson has the Daily Start and the Northwest Explorer.

    Tulsa has the Business Journal and Tulsa World.  

    And those are just the cities I looked up on Wiki to see what daily newspapers they had.  :)  

    "The majority of a single vote is as sacred as if unanimous." - Thomas Jefferson

    by cartwrightdale on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:31:07 AM PST

  •  Centre Daily Times in State College PA (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    earthling1

    has endorsed Obama.

    http://www.centredaily.com/...

    Obama deserves four more years in office to continue his efforts to improve the economy, make the country safer and enhance access to education and health care.

    He deserves a chance to lead the nation as it navigates social issues and to follow through on his promise to reduce the tax burden on the country’s middle class.

    And he deserves to do so in a new Washington culture of progress and cooperation as opposed to the bipartisan gridlock we have seen in the past two years.

    Obama made the tough choices to use federal dollars to prop up the domestic automobile industry and to enhance roads and other infrastructure needs through the federal stimulus program.

    Obama’s national health care plan was voted into law to provide coverage to millions who had none or who were underserved, and to protect hospitals from the financial burden of serving the uninsured.

    Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/...

  •  Ohio: Chillicothe Gazette endorses Obama (0+ / 0-)

    They endorsed McCain in 08
    Obama's skills needed for second term

  •  Albany NY: Times-Union, Metroland: Obama (0+ / 0-)

    The Times-Union is the dominant daily in NY's state capital;
    Metroland is a widely circulated alternative weekly.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:05:03 AM PST

  •  Iowa, Minnesota, Florida... (0+ / 0-)

    a reflection of how corporate the media business has become.

  •  Do foreign-based global publications matter? (1+ / 0-)
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    foreverblue

    Because the Economist and the Financial Times endorse Obama again.  The Guardian kind of endorses Obama as well.

    The Financial Times
    (no direct link because of their paywall)  

    The Economist
    http://www.economist.com/...

    The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

  •  The ACU Optimist (0+ / 0-)

    This is only a student newspaper at a small university.  However, its location is a bit interesting.  It is Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.

    http://www.acuoptimist.com/...

  •  The Palm Beach Post is not endorsing (0+ / 0-)

    They have a pretty long record of endorsing Democrats so this came as a bit of a surprise.

    "No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters." --Elizabeth Warren

    by foreverblue on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:05:41 PM PST

  •  NY Daily News (0+ / 0-)

    Is a bunch of old white man. That is all.

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:37:48 PM PST

  •  new endorsement to add for CA (0+ / 0-)

    The Desert Sun endorsed Mitt Romney.

    Our Voice: Mitt Romney's  the one

    if was a weakly argued endorsement that pretty much just repeated Romney's campaign talking points.  they blamed Obama for not doing enough but they also lay blame on the Republicans.  they seem to have forgotten how government works.  if you're going to blame Republicans for being obstructionists, you can't blame the President for not doing enough.

    It would be wrong for us to end the accounting of President Obama’s record without a rebuke of Congress. We expect the House of Representatives, a vast body of two-year legislators, to display the sort of rancor that necessarily slows our government. But when veteran statesmen such as Sen. Mitch McConnell confide that the single most important thing to achieve in the final two years of Obama’s term is the president’s defeat, Republican leaders must share the blame for our jaundiced spirit and the economy’s malaise.
    even by their own reasoning The Desert Sun editorial board don't understand Mitt's math.
    We hope that Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan can explain more clearly how the budget numbers add up, particularly how they can reconcile increased military spending while maintaining tax cuts. And we have concerns that the proposed cuts could rip the safety net that is now so desperately needed by the long-term unemployed.
    the editorial board also seems to have bought into the Republican messaging on our $16T debt.  worse, some on the board seem to have been listening to Fox News harp about Benghazi.

    the whole editorial is rather schizo in trying to make their best argument for Romney.  historically, i get the impression from readers that the paper has never endorsed a Democrat for President.  they did make a split ticket endorsement by favoring the Democratic candidate, Raul Ruiz, for House over the Republican incumbent, Mary Bono Mack.  the district has long had a Republican lean but it is trending blue.  we have a sizeable gay population and an increasing Latino demographic.

    i don't see how the board thinks the split endorsements is going to move America forward.  it just bodes for more gridlock in congress.  i'm glad they endorsed Ruiz and thought he might be the better candidate for all things local.  it is possible that there is some expectation that having a Democrat in the House there would be more willingness to compromise, whereas, Ms. Mack has been in D.C. long enough to be hampered by Republican rigidity.

    Ruiz endorsement.

    Our Voice: Send Raul Ruiz to Washington

    I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

    by blue drop on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:27:40 PM PST

    •  btw (0+ / 0-)

      nearly 100% of the reader comments to the endorsement are against it.  there are the few recurring stable of Republican commenters that are going to press the Republican talking points.  i just hope the near unanimity of the responses is a good indication of what to expect in the election results tomorrow.

      I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

      by blue drop on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:41:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  no bullet next to The Desert Sun (0+ / 0-)

      they endorsed McCain in '08

      I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

      by blue drop on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:44:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  i'm noticing quite a few bullets... (0+ / 0-)

        on the Romney side of the columns.

        i wonder if many of them were just so scared of having
        Sarah Palin anywhere near the White House that they endorsed Obama that year.  is 2008 an anomaly for those papers and they, historically, endorse Republican candidates for President?  now that they have Romney/Ryan they are back in their comfort zone.

        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:50:31 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

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