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Mittmentum extends even to New York?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:21 pm - November 4, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Mitt Romney

National polls remain tight, but do so polls in states that haven’t gone Republican since George H.W. Bush ran as Reagan’s heir in 1988.

One thing is clear though the excitement this time around is all on the Republican side — even in states extremely likely to go Democratic on Tuesday.  From Ulster County in up “in purple upstate New York“, Richard Brookhiser observes that whereas his valley “was sown with Obama signs” in 2008,

This year has brought a complete flip. Romney signs have sprouted like mushrooms, including a big one promising a Romney-Ryan victory celebration on election night. I have also seen two empty chairs, labeled Obama or Nobama. I have spotted only a couple Obama signs.

It’s not just that Romney voters are more enthusiastic in the Empire State, at least two newspapers in the state which endorsed Obama in 2008 are now casting their lot with the Republican.  Newsday began its endorsement of Romney by citing Obama’s failure:

Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term. He did not.

Against this we must weigh Mitt Romney, an imperfect candidate but one who has a special track record too. From his creation of a vast personal fortune to his successful stewardship of the threatened Salt Lake City Olympics to his governing of Massachusetts, Romney’s life is a tale of success after success, many of them achieved in difficult circumstances.

The New York Daily News was equally brutal, noting how New Yorkers have suffered under Obama:

New Yorkers have fared no better. The state is alone among the 50 in suffering significantly rising unemployment over the last 12 months, with the rate now at 8.9%. The city’s pain index is 8.8%, and the five boroughs have been trading down in salaries.

Their editors too scored the Democrat for failing to to meet the challenges before him:

Recovery from the disaster that Obama inherited was going to take time. But four years is a long, long slog. Had the President guided a typical upswing, America would by now have regained essentially all its lost jobs. At his present pace, Obama would reach that milestone in the third year of a second term.

The regrettable truth is that Obama built a record of miscalculations and missed opportunities.

Now, I highly doubt that these endorsements will cause the Empire State to swing into the Romney column, but they do show that many former Obama supporters are souring on the incumbent.

H/t Instapundit and Independent Sentinel.



  1. shocking about the Romney endorsement from Newsday. I am a 40+ year resident of Long Island, and know that Newsday is truly a very, very liberal rag, to the point of progessivism. They have lost much of the Long Island readership with their overtly pro-Dem partisanship over the years. Indeed, many Long Islanders, seeing no respite from hich costs and taxes — promoted by Newsday — have left the “Island” over the last 20 years. I think their endorsement though is too late: not for Romney, but for the Island.

    Comment by john b — November 4, 2012 @ 1:16 pm - November 4, 2012

  2. I admit I don’t know the political leanings of the various papers involved, but I do think it significant that many of the papers who endorsed Obama in 2008 are endorsing Romney this time around.

    I am not convinced the endorsements make a ton of difference in how people vote, but I think many of the arguments have been sound and echo very much my own feelings regarding Obama and his lack of leadership.

    Comment by Just Me — November 4, 2012 @ 3:05 pm - November 4, 2012

  3. If a newspaper endorsement can help even one person change his/her vote for Romney, it is worth the effort. It sure can’t hurt.

    One humorous thing of note – read the endorsements of papers backing Obama. It makes you wonder what color the sky is in their world!

    Comment by SShiell — November 4, 2012 @ 3:25 pm - November 4, 2012

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    Pingback by Hell Has Frozen Over – Newsday Endorsed Mitt Romney | Independent Sentinel — November 4, 2012 @ 7:13 pm - November 4, 2012

  5. governing of Mass a success? You might hear a different story if you talk to the folks in Mass. Yes, he avoided large raises in taxes, but he increased a swath of state fees exponentially to cover the shortfall – he made no changes in gov’t that saved money. Also, he was a one-termer, because he knew there was no way he would win if he ran for a second term.

    He’s sent jobs offshore and keeps his money offshore to avoid payment of taxes. There’s no reason to believe that the will be any kind of changes or reform in a positive way for the country under this guy.

    Comment by Kevin — November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm - November 4, 2012

  6. Oh, the malicious and hatemongering liar Kevin is showing up here now, screeching and crying:

    He’s sent jobs offshore and keeps his money offshore to avoid payment of taxes.

    Comment by Kevin — November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm – November 4, 2012

    So the malicious and desperate gay bigot wants to make THOSE kind of accusations?

    Well, then the bigot can suck on this:

    Besides not paying those pesky taxes, Mr. Rangel had other reasons for wanting to hide income. As the tenant of four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem, the Congressman needed to keep his annual reported income below $175,000, lest he be ineligible as a hardship case for rent control. (He also used one of the apartments as an office in violation of rent-control rules, but that’s another story.)

    Mr. Rangel said last fall that “I never had any idea that I got any income’’ from the villa. Try using that one the next time the IRS comes after you. Equally interesting is his claim that he didn’t know that the developer of the Dominican Republic villa had converted his $52,000 mortgage to an interest-free loan in 1990. That would seem to violate House rules on gifts, which say Members may only accept loans on “terms that are generally available to the public.” Try getting an interest-free loan from your banker.

    The National Legal and Policy Center also says it has confirmed that Mr. Rangel owned a home in Washington from 1971-2000 and during that time claimed a “homestead” exemption that allowed him to save on his District of Columbia property taxes. However, the homestead exemption only applies to a principal residence, and the Washington home could not have qualified as such since Mr. Rangel’s rent-stabilized apartments in New York have the same requirement.

    And this:

    A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama’s executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven’t paid any share, let alone their fair share.

    And this:

    The tax revelations are the only the latest problem for McCaskill involving the plane,however.

    In the wake of a Politico report that had billed the government for her travel on the aircraft, she quickly reimbursed taxpayers for the trips, hoping to avoid a protracted political problem.

    But, it was then revealed that she had billed taxpayers for a purely political trip — deepening her potential exposure on the issue.

    See that, bigot Kevin? Three REAL examples showing how bigot gays like you openly support and endorse real, actual, PROVEN tax cheats.

    So you can shove it. You are tax cheats and liars and criminals. Obama supporters like you are nothing but malicious, hatemongering bigots who commit crimes and then scream and attack others.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 4, 2012 @ 8:09 pm - November 4, 2012

  7. They’re really a sick group, aren’t they NDT?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — November 5, 2012 @ 1:10 am - November 5, 2012

  8. Hey, Kevin, if you can elude the rampaging mobs of Republicans who are trying to exterminate you for a moment, I have a question I would like an answer to: Why the heck do you care more about what Mitt Romney does with his own money than what Obama does with *our* money?

    Comment by V the K — November 5, 2012 @ 12:15 pm - November 5, 2012

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