The days have grown short and the election’s gotten tight. I understand if certain bloggers are feeling the pressure. The reality of another Democratic presidency can be a bit much to bear. Four more years of being left with us in the White House, oh lord no. But surely, a guy can do better than this:
Are the Wheels Coming Off? Part 2
Powerline | October 19, 2012 | Steven Hayward
Obama may yet squeak to re-election, but it is clear the magic is gone. As I predicted last week, the media are starting to turn on him. Right now it is mostly showing up on the editorial pages in the ranks of unsigned endorsement editorials.
If the media were out to get him, I don’t know why they’d wait until now. There are only a few days left of the election. Months ago, or years ago, it would have been far easier to hurt him.
Papers that endorsed Obama enthusiastically in 2008, like the Orlando Sentinel, are coming out for Romney. As usual, the foreign press speaks more candidly. The editor’s note from this week’s (London) Spectator spells it out:
“Superman is hurtling to earth. Harold Evans says that liberal Americans worry that President Obama is losing his grip. Obama may have edged the second debate; but he’s still struggling to better one of the most boring challengers ever produced by American politics.”
They’ll get him from London? Anyhoo, it’s true the Orlando Sentinel went for Romney. But I’m staring at Memeorandum now, and I see the Denver Post went for Obama. That’s a far bigger paper. I’ll take Denver over Orlando.
But the most head-turning Romney endorsement has to be from the New York Observer, which is nothing if not in touch with the pulse of trendy Manhattan.
The Observer was bought by Donald Trump’s son-in-law back in 2009. Good luck getting any dinner invites if you swing the other way. The tony salmon may have a circulation of around 50,000, but the Tampa Bay Times has a circulation of 300,000. They just went for Obama too.
Lastly (for now), I noted yesterday some evidence that Romney may be doing well with some segments of the Jewish vote. Well, the Chicago Jewish Star has endorsed Romney:
The Star is published all of twice a month. And you can pick it up free from atop the dusty cases of beer at the corner mart. Meanwhile, Mormon Utah’s biggest newspaper just twisted the dagger in Prodigal Son’s back:
From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”
The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.
Circulation: 113,000. If the media are turning on anybody, it isn’t Obama.