Our reader spotted reptile alerts us to a striking endorsement from the Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon, striking in that the editors offer more sympathy for Mr. Obama than have others who have become disillusioned with the incumbent:
Today our economy is still struggling and our national hopes have faded.
We know this is not all President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s fault. Although Obama underestimated the nation’s economic challenges, he inherited that mess. . . .
It’s impossible to know whether anyone could have done better, but Republican Mitt Romney now deserves the opportunity to try.
The Obama administration often was thwarted by Republican intransigence in Congress, as well as by Obama’s fellow Democrats. But politics is the art of relationships and compromise. Obama, in contrast with presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, struggled to achieve his goals through negotiation. In contrast, Romney offers a track record of success.
Like the editors of the Des Moines Register, the editors of the Statesman Journal back Barack Obama in 2008.
Over at Instapundit, Sarah Hoyt wonders why the AFL-CIO is sending out a mailer to Oregon voters, saying that “their voting history is a matter of public record“.