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If newspaper endorsements are a barometer, Oregon is in play

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:34 am - November 1, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

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“.



  1. Our nation is crippled and Obama and the Dims are GUILTY. Vote President ZERO out.

    Comment by Alan — November 1, 2012 @ 12:41 am - November 1, 2012

  2. Yes, I also noticed that post about the AFL-CIO in Oregon on Instapundit. That is truly bizarre. Combined with this newspaper endorsement and the polls within single digits, and I’d say Oregon might surprise us on Tuesday.

    Comment by Kurt — November 1, 2012 @ 1:07 am - November 1, 2012

  3. It’s impossible to know whether anyone could have done better [than Obama]…

    If you were confused enough to buy Obama’s act to begin with, then you don’t know much, so yes, it’s impossible for **you** to know whether anyone could have done better.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 1, 2012 @ 11:18 am - November 1, 2012

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