Plus Ça Change. . . . October 28, 2012 by B. Daniel Blatt . . . . plus c’est pareil. Change: FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT IN 40 YEARS: Des Moines Register Endorses Romney. Key bit: “The president’s best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short. Nothing indicates it would change with a second term in the White House.” Stasis: DOG PINCHES MAN: New York Times Endorses Obama; No GOP Endorsements in 50 Years. UPDATE: 1956 — The Last Time the New York Times Endorsed a Republican. Only one of those endorsements matters.