have reached that stage in the four-year cycle when the New York Times
announces its endorsee for President of the United States. For the last couple of weeks, the whole
nation waited with baited breath to see who the old grey lady would come up
with as its recommendation.
Speculation has been fueled over the last few days by a number to
traditionally liberal newspapers doing a backflip and giving Romney the nod.
who rely on advice from the Times for a reason to vote Democrat were in a spin.
Was it possible that a backflip was on the cards and the coveted endorsement
could go to Romney? Heaven forbid;
that the lead of the Chattanooga Times could be followed and the Johnson-Grey
LP ticket got the nod. Could it go
to Virgil Goode, a real turn-up for the books?
The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008
meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies
take hold. … embroiled in unstable
regions that could easily explode into full-blown disaster. An ideological
assault from the right … to undermine the vital health reform law … are eroding women’s access to health care, and their right to
control their lives. … cheapened by the right wing’s determination to deny
marriage benefits to a selected group of us. … the very right to vote is being
That is the context for the Nov. 6 election, and
as stark as it is, the choice is just as clear.
President Obama has shown a firm commitment to
using government to help foster growth. … sensible budget policies that are not
dedicated to protecting the powerful, … to save the social safety net to
protect the powerless. … impressive achievements despite the implacable wall of
refusal erected by Congressional Republicans so intent on stopping him that
they risked pushing the nation into depression, held its credit rating hostage,
and hobbled economic recovery. …
So there you have it folks. Romney = recession like the current
one, Obama care repeal, ‘war on women’, possible attacks on Americans in Libya,
and denying the deceased the right to vote and restrictions on voting more than once. Obama, all good things to all people,
… lots of free stuff, ‘sensible budget, maybe even get to present one, Democrat
talking points …
This was entirely expected. NYT has not endorsed a Republican since Eisenhower in 1956, meaning that nobody under the age of 77 has voted for anyone other than a Democrat on the advice of this paper. The best bit though is the interactive feature, which details endorsements through the ages.
Even better is to scroll through to their
excuses reasons for them:
Look at the ringing endorsement for LBJ: -
In his frenetic dashing about the country,
President Johnson stuck mainly to the safety of pious platitudes, interlaced
with cloudy visions of the “Great Society.” …… It just cries
out the quality of the candidate.
Well if you didn’t like that lets see why they
liked Carter enough to recommend him over Reagan: -
Again and again Jimmy Carter seemed to be all
sail and no boat, what did he do when his popularity sank in 1979? He fired
half his cabinet and blamed the public for succumbing to malaise. …..
Mr. Carter’s economic policy amounts to nothing
more than muddling through. But (here’s the good part, probably written by
their finance editor) isn’t muddling through just where economics is today?
…. You can just see why they considered him a top man.
No, there is no satisfying you people, well here
is why Mondale got the tick: -
Mondale has all the dramatic flair of a
trigonometry teacher. His Nordic upbringing makes it hard for him to brag.
All right, that didn’t get you to vote the Donks
in, the Dukakis one will do it surely: -
Michael Dukakis is not the unfocused incompetent
his late and lame response made him seem. …. Now really you
have to back a man of that quality.
The paper has backed five Republican contenders
in the 132 years since 1880, McKinley, Taft, Wilkie, Dewey, and Eisenhower. Supporting them 6 times (twice for Ike) in 33 elections has to seem fair.