Alaska's Largest Newspaper Endorses Obama

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  1. sargon20

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    Obama for president
    [FONT=VERDANA, ARIAL, HELVETICA, SANS-SERIF][SIZE=-1]Palin's rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [SIZE=-1][FONT=VERDANA, ARIAL, HELVETICA, SANS-SERIF](10/25/08 19:37:58) [/FONT][/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]Alaska enters its 50th-anniversary year in the glow of an improbable and highly memorable event: the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate. For the first time ever, an Alaskan is making a serious bid for national office, and in doing so she brings broad attention and recognition not only to herself, but also to the state she leads.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]Alaska's founders were optimistic people, but even the most farsighted might have been stretched to imagine this scenario. No matter the outcome in November, this election will mark a signal moment in the history of the 49th state. Many Alaskans are proud to see their governor, and their state, so prominent on the national stage. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]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. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]Since his early acknowledgement that economic policy is not his strong suit, Sen. McCain has stumbled and fumbled badly in dealing with the accelerating crisis as it emerged. He declared that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" at 9 a.m. one day and by 11 a.m. was describing an economy in crisis. He is both a longtime advocate of less market regulation and a supporter of the huge taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailout. His behavior in this crisis -- erratic is a kind description -- shows him to be ill-equipped to lead the essential effort of reining in a runaway financial system and setting an anxious nation on course to economic recovery. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]Sen. Obama warned regulators and the nation 19 months ago that the subprime lending crisis was a disaster in the making. Sen. McCain backed tighter rules for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but didn't do much to advance that legislation. Of the two candidates, Sen. Obama better understands the mortgage meltdown's root causes and has the judgment and intelligence to shape a solution, as well as the leadership to rally the country behind it. It is easy to look at Sen. Obama and see a return to the smart, bipartisan economic policies of the last Democratic administration in Washington, which left the country with the momentum of growth and a budget surplus that President George Bush has squandered. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]On the most important issue of the day, Sen. Obama is a clear choice. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Sen. McCain describes himself as a maverick, by which he seems to mean that he spent 25 years trying unsuccessfully to persuade his own party to follow his bipartisan, centrist lead. Sadly, maverick John McCain didn't show up for the campaign. Instead we have candidate McCain, who embraces the extreme Republican orthodoxy he once resisted and cynically asks Americans to buy for another four years. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]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. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]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. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]On a matter of parochial interest, Sen. Obama opposes the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but so does Sen. McCain. We think both are wrong, and hope a President Obama can be convinced to support environmentally responsible development of that resource. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=-1]Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she's a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight. Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time. [/SIZE]
     
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    The Alaska Daily News has always endorsed the Democratic party... nothing new here
     
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    is it a weekly?
     
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    nevertheless..........

    Obama's lead in newspaper endorsements stands at 194-82

    Obama's lopsided margin, including most of the major papers that have decided so far, is in stark contrast to (Democrat) John Kerry barely edging George W. Bush in endorsements in 2004 by 213 to 205. ... At least 38 papers have now switched to Obama from Bush in 2004, with just four flipping to (Republican nominee John) McCain.
     
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    And if we consider the fact that Alaska generally votes Republican during the actual election, this could be something worth paying attention to. There's never been a president that's ever won the presidency without winning their own home state. Not sure if that rings true with VPs as well.
     
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    Actually Alaska has be pretty diversified in its voting.
     
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    Let us not forget that various dictators from many eras where charismatic and could move crowds.

    Sarah Palin has shown her limitations already.

    She can't recall the last magazine she read. She doesn't know the duties of a VP.

    Etc.
     
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    She does SO know the duties of the VP. The VP is in charge of the Senate.
     
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    She thinks men and dinosaurs co existed at one time. She thinks the world is 5000 years old. Her new son in law to be dropped out of high school. She got elected in Alaska because the population is 75% male. She is quick with a putdown, but rarely shows any compassion. If elected, she says, Billions would be diverted to help the handicapped. She is against large government. She wants the law to control a woman's choice.

    and on and on...
     
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    Politics here used to be more liberal and progressive, the R's in office were decent and moderate, such as Jay Hammond, Lowel Thomas, Arliss Sturgelewski, Margaret Branson. It also was not very partisan.

    From the influx during pipeline construction things got more conservative. (the oil bidniss is pretty redneck) Retired military are a large element, and mostly conservative. Things got very polarized after Prevo started the Moral Majority.

    The corruption prosecutions have taken some of the worst offenders out of politics. I am glad Veco is gone, they have contributed hugely to some bad politicians. The last election saw some improvement in the legislature, I hope that continues with this election.
     
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    You called someone else that has the same ideas reagrding a tax plan as Obama a neo-con conservative that gets all his information from Fox News.....but you're going to try and tear someone apart on what they do and don't know?

    See that? That's credibiltiy flying out the window.
     
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