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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama!

Thank you to Anonymous for providing
the link to this story!

From the ADN:
"Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain."

"It is Sen. Obama who truly promises fundamental change in Washington. You need look no further than the guilt-by-association lies and sound-bite distortions of the degenerating McCain campaign to see how readily he embraces the divisive, fear-mongering tactics of Karl Rove. And while Sen. McCain points to the fragile success of the troop surge in stabilizing conditions in Iraq, it is also plain that he was fundamentally wrong about the more crucial early decisions. Contrary to his assurances, we were not greeted as liberators; it was not a short, easy war; and Americans -- not Iraqi oil -- have had to pay for it. It was Sen. Obama who more clearly saw the danger ahead.

The unqualified endorsement of Sen. Obama by a seasoned, respected soldier and diplomat like Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican icon, should reassure all Americans that the Democratic candidate will pass muster as commander in chief."

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Blogger Michael Higby said:

It is not surprising that more papers would endorse Democratic candidates as most newspaper writers and editors are far left liberals.

In 2004, John Kerry got way more endorsements that George Bush and it didn't help.

Now more than ever, newspaper endorsements are meaningless as so far few people read the papers.

From PBS's News Hour:

"Editorial endorsements are dinosaurs. The vast majority of the public don't read editorials," Larry Sabato, political science professor and head of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics told UPI, a wire news service.

"The handful of people who read editorials already know for whom they are going to vote. They are either reading it for reinforcement or they are reading it because it's part of a newspaper.

October 26, 2008 1:20 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

I'm just saying....

October 26, 2008 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is another YouTube video of kids singing for hope and change, I wonder if Higby will compare them to Hitler supporters as he has in the past?



I also heard republicans like George Bush, Sarah Palin, Joe SixPack, and Joe the Plumber don't like to waste time reading newspapers.

October 26, 2008 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Even if we accept the excuse that so many papers are controlled by the liberals, your blog has listed newspapers that have rarely if ever endorsed a Democratic, and are now doing so ... the Chicago Tribune is one of the largest.

That's the significant part. It's not important to argue over how many people read these endorsements. They serve two more important functions:

1. They reflect the thoughtful opinions of some very bright people who have been watching the campaign carefully.

2. They can be used by an endorsed candidate in his campaign ads to reach many more people than the newspaper itself reaches.

But that's Poliitics 101 and you knew that.

October 26, 2008 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby: Can you name one newspaper that traditionally endorses Democrats that has endorsed McCain?

October 26, 2008 3:03 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Once again the liberals spin and don't get it.

The issue with kids singing praise to Obama isn't that the kids are nazis, to the contrary, the kids have no idea politically. They ape what their parents tell them. Until someone is at least junior high age they can't really understand the complexity of politics and even then that's a stretch.

I remember at age 7 telling all my aunts and uncles that "Nixon sucks!" My parents were aghast. Some of the aunts and uncles thought it was cute. But at age 7 I had no idea why Nixon sucked, any degree of understanding the issues leading up to Nixon's downfall and was only aping what I heard my parents consistently talking about.

In fact only my parents disdain for Nixon was obvious to me in that when Nixon was hospitalized for an illness I asked my mom "We want him to die right?" My mom said "Absolutely not, I don't agree with his policies but I don't want him dead! That would be a terrible thing to wish for."

Getting back to the Nazi allusions with this children singing, to me and many others - even those who support Obama - it is bizarre to have children sing praise to a politician. Particularly one whose main appeal comes from rock star status and an overwhelmingly cult of personality. We see this with Kim, Chavez, Castro, Hitler and others. That doesn't mean Obama is destined to become a despot but it does raise one's eyebrows.

More importantly I think it's harmful to push children that young into politics and political issues, particularly emotional and partisan ones. There is too much peer pressure, bullying and other nonsense to add more dimension to it.

I believe you can uplift your candidate and promote his issues without singing to him nor holding him up for praise. We just don't do that in this country.

October 26, 2008 5:38 PM  

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