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October 16, 2004

Another reason to smile

By Byron LaMasters

Kerry endorsements coming in the newspapers tomorrow:

The New York Times endorsed Kerry on Oct. 17

"We have been impressed with Mr. Kerry's wide knowledge and clear thinking — something that became more apparent once he was reined in by that two-minute debate light. He is blessedly willing to re-evaluate decisions when conditions change. ... He strikes us, above all, as a man with a strong moral core."

The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, endorsed Kerry on Oct. 17.

"Kerry knows how to effectively join with U.S. allies to leverage the vast power of international will. ... Kerry's approach demonstrates maturity, nuance and thoughtfulness. Those qualities don't always play well in campaign sound bites. But they will serve America exceedingly well in the Oval Office."

Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio, endorsed Kerry on Oct. 17.

"John Kerry is a credible, prepared, likely choice for a nation that should expect more sophistication, more skill, less failure and more focus on the problems of the American mainstream than George W. Bush has offered."

The New York Times is nice, but expected. The other two though, are major papers in major swing states. Bush will get one endorsement tomorrow in a major (although not as big as either of Kerry's) swing-state newspaper:

The Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad, N.M., endorsed Bush on Oct. 17.

"We believe President Bush should be re-elected because he is better prepared to lead the war on terror. We believe his firm conviction and stalwart stance to pursue the terrorists and destroy them is the only way America can navigate toward a secure tomorrow."

I have a sense the Dallas Morning News will endorse Bush tomorrow, but they might wait a few days. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 16, 2004 08:58 PM | TrackBack


i've actually been to carlsbad (to visit carlsbad caverns national park). it seems like a pretty small town, but i guess every vote counts.

Posted by: Sal D at October 16, 2004 10:12 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Bush today (I receieved my paper already). They spent 80% of the endorsement writing about the failures of the first 4 years but then wrote (honestly) that only a Republican can have any chance of working with the Republican congress so they recommended him solely because he was a Republican. It's unreal. And it's not like I can switch to the other major Metroplex newspaper like you can in other major cities to get a more centrist editorial page (even thought I think the Star-Telegram is much more centrist than the Morning News.) It's just disappointing to see them recommend Bush solely because he is a Republican even though they found so much to fault him for in the previous 3.5 years.

It is not on their website yet.

Posted by: javabuddha at October 17, 2004 12:08 AM

I don't know anyone who bases their votes for major offices on newspaper endorsements.
Readers might look to endorsements for guidance on which candidate for sewer commissioner or school board may be better. But don't count on some voter in southwestern Ohio exclaiming,
"I'm voting for John Kerry because the Dayton Daily News thinks he's the best choice!"

Posted by: Tim Z. at October 17, 2004 12:42 AM

Or, as we like to call it at our house, The Dallas Morning Nazi. BTW, this isn't a new name. We've been calling it that since the 1960s.

Posted by: stitchwitch at October 17, 2004 01:36 PM

gallup got it completely wrong in 2000. no reason to trust them this year. i don't think i have seen as many drastic day-to-day swings in other polls as I have with gallup.

Posted by: Sal D at October 17, 2004 04:02 PM

The Tribune is one of the more Republican papers in the country. That's pretty common knowledge, and voters in Chicago didn't go for the Trib's 2000 choice (Bush) either.

Posted by: Byron L at October 17, 2004 04:39 PM

Great endorsements. Obama's own Chicago Trib endorsed the President. While looking at cities with a 'C' i guess you overlooked that one. Maybe Illinois might not be total a DNC state after all.

The Chicago Tribune is one of the founding forces behind the Republican Party. *yawns*
Fortunately, local media ownership is no indicator of public opinion.

No matter what happens nationally, your president will get his butt kicked blue in Illinois on November 2nd.
The only thing in question about Barack Obama's victory is whether he will get 67%, 70%, or 76% of the vote.
Extreme fundamentalist and reactionay quackery just doesn't sell up here.

Alan Keyes has an apartment close to the Indiana border. That will make it easy for him to flee on election night.

Posted by: Tim Z. at October 17, 2004 09:51 PM

"Gallup picked it Bush +2 LV and -1 RV in 2000."

Well, I don't know what that means, but if you look at the real gallup numbers from 2000 (i'll even provide you with a link: http://archives.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/10/27/cnntime.poll/index.html and then click on tracking poll) it shows Bush pulling away after the third debate and then shows him consistently in the lead until election day. At one point, he is even ahead by a margin of 52-39. There is really no point in arguing this any further. The numbers speak for themselves.

"I guess their poll showing Kerry up +1 on 10/10 was wrong too?"

It may or may not be. That's the problem. Do you really think that that many people keep changing their minds overnight? Zogby and Rasmussen are showing them exactly tied today, but we all know that these national polls really have little significance at this point since the candidates need to win a handful of swing states to win this election.

"Looking back at ya."

seriously, petey, wtf does that mean?!

Posted by: Sal D at October 18, 2004 10:48 PM

"Looking back at ya."

seriously, petey, wtf does that mean?!

Maybe he's particularly interested in our backsides. lol

Posted by: Tim Z. at October 19, 2004 01:02 AM
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