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Obama Leads McCain in Newspaper Endorsements

By Shailagh Murray
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a massive lead over Sen. John McCain in newspaper endorsements.

According to the Democratic Web site DemConWatch, Obama has secured support from 55 editorial boards, including from 10 newspapers that backed President Bush in 2004. One big coup: the Chicago Tribune, which has never endorsed a Democrat for president.

Obama's hometown paper compared him to Abraham Lincoln and reassured voters around the country that his promise was real.

"Many Americans say they're uneasy about Obama. He's pretty new to them," the Tribune wrote. "We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president."

Newspaper endorsements are of uncertain value, but they can be an interesting measure of public support in various regions, or from groups within those regions. McCain's count as of Friday, according to DemConWatch, was 14 endorsements, including from the New York Post and the Boston Herald, the only two in his column that rank in the top 100 in circulation.

The pro-McCain papers were enthusiastic, too. "McCain has been in Washington for many years now, but he is not of Washington," wrote the New York Post. "He knows where the levers of power are located -- and how to manipulate them -- but he is not controlled by them. McCain's selection of the charming, but rock-solid, outsider Sarah Palin as his running mate underscores the point."

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Good people, our country is in some serious trouble. Whichever party "wins", our problems will not be fixed overnight, nor by one man. Sacrifices will have to be made on all our parts. Politicians -- regardless of what you may think -- are all public servants.

What are YOU doing for your country?

Posted by: desertstormveteran | October 20, 2008 1:17 AM

Newspapers are hardly a credible endorsement are they?


http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/setting-record-straight/

Seeing and reading whole interviews, and not edited intel is refreshing.

Why are so many young Professional and medical people talking about moving to Iceland?

Posted by: dottydo | October 19, 2008 9:47 AM

Regardless of who wins, McCain or Obama, within three years into their time in office we are going to look back on turmoil of the past years as the "good old days." Neither have the interest of the American people at heart. They are more of the same we have known for so long: accumulators of wealth who hunger for power. At the hands of either party we will become a weak nation at the mercy of emerging and re-emerging powers. The constitutional rights we believed were unassailable will be stripped from us one by one (freedom of speech will be "amended" first) and the sovereignty of our nation will be erased. Is the ignorance of so many of us due to a lack of awareness or from constant sheep dipping?

Posted by: dwgraham1950 | October 19, 2008 7:46 AM

Sunday 10/19/08
OH THE TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGIN....

National Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Obama 48, McCain 45 Obama +3

KEEP IT UP DAPISTOL INDEPENDENTS AND CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS ARE LISTENING!

"Joe the plumber and every other small business should be sent a list of non-taxpayers so that they can just send them a check directly. Eliminating Obama's commission for brokering the deal could be a huge savings, and the average small business could probably cover this cost by firing just 1 person. The unemployment rate doesn't really matter as long as everyone is getting paid! People don't want to work and they don't need much to survive; they really just want to watch TV all day! For $500/month from their working comrades, 100 million non-taxpaying Americans could be living the American dream!"
-Dapistol


Dapistol-

You've hit the nail on the head- Obama wants to run America like ANIMAL FARM!

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 7:45 AM

A gentleman by the name of Blair Warren has pretty much summed up the Obama movement in one concise marketing statement.

"People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures,
allay their fears, confirm their suspicions and help them throw rocks at their
enemies."

Notice that the premise of this does not imply that "those" have ever, are capable of or even intend to do anything other than provide rhetoric that sounds wonderful. Obama supporters have fallen hook, line and sinker for this marketing ploy. As Blair points out - so did the followers of Hitler, Jim Jones and David Karesch. I see the current state of the Democratic party as Jonestown - The Sequel.

People are too lazy to find out the truth about Obama and let the spin artists do the thinking for them. Most humans go with their first impression and never will change - great for marketing - lousy way to pick a President.

It doesn't take a genius to see that Obama's career is first class packaging carrying very little supportable substance. It does require looking beyond the spin - but I am not sure the Democrats can go there.

http://www.nospinzone.us

Posted by: angustx | October 19, 2008 2:56 AM

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...
Then why didn't she run for president?

I wonder what the Republican Primary would have looked like?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 19, 2008 2:39 AM

Ohh LOL! :-D

Barry O'Bomba-Nation, is supposed to have 100,000 in Attendance-On a site the Wash Post seems unable to verify!

Sooo, since I cannot comment there, I do it Here!

Look at the Trees and Buildings!

That Park would be Lucky to have 10 Thousand attending, Muchless, the Millions the TRICK Photography has "Doctored" in~

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 18, 2008 11:51 PM

Dapistol-

AMEN Brother, I'm glad the cavalry has arrived!

Let's just rename America, "ANIMAL FARM"!

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875

Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008 8:22 PM

EL MUGROSO-
Only in America can Obama pick Ebenezer Scrooge to be his VP, only to have Scrooge tell us all to be Patriotic and do OUR Part!!!

Joe Biden made over 245K(!just under the cut off!) a year over the past 10 years and gave less than $370/yr to charity!; But he feels it's "Patriotic" to ask Everyone ELSE to redistribute THEIR earnings.


You know Joe the Senator, LOTS of us wouldn't mind pulling down 245K a year, not paying higher taxes, not giving much to charity....JUST LIKE YOU!

Adjusted Biden
Gross Income Charity

1998 $215,432 $195

1999 $210,797 $120

2000 $219,953 $360

2001 $220,712 $360

2002 $227,811 $260

2003 $231,375 $260

2004 $234,271 $380

2005 $321,379 $380

2006 $248,459 $380

2007 $319,853 $995

Total $2,450,042 $3,690

Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008 8:16 PM

Watch the Keynote Speeches of Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin and Ron Paul:

http://www.jbs.org/index.php/jbs-news-feed/3377


Use your vote to Uphold, Defend and Protect our Constitution, our Rights and Freedoms and the Sovereignty of our Nation.

Posted by: cingi | October 18, 2008 7:36 PM

Joe the plumber and every other small business should be sent a list of non-taxpayers so that they can just send them a check directly. Eliminating Obama's commission for brokering the deal could be a huge savings, and the average small business could probably cover this cost by firing just 1 person. The unemployment rate doesn't really matter as long as everyone is getting paid! People don't want to work and they don't need much to survive; they really just want to watch TV all day! For $500/month from their working comrades, 100 million non-taxpaying Americans could be living the American dream!

Posted by: dapistol | October 18, 2008 7:23 PM

Just because the WaPo seems to be, on the surface of things, liberal doesn't make it true.

They run 1000 little stories favoring the democrats but spike the 10 big stories that would kill the republican party, forever.

Don't forget: the WaPo beat the drum loudly for Bush's Iraq War. And the mainstream media continually harps on Obama's Chicago network but says nary a thing about McCain's Arizona network. (Outside of Keating, who was NOT the big fish in that dark, dirty cesspool.)

Posted by: jrob822 | October 18, 2008 6:15 PM

All McCain ever cared about is saving the corporate America money. That means his own pocket book. Gold figure, his wife made over $4 million in 2007, of course he doesn't want any tax.

Posted by: leoruler | October 18, 2008 5:52 PM

ONLY IN AMERICA IS THIS POSSIBLE
*************************
The McCain message to the US people is that ANYONE can be a celebrity, if he so picks them.

There you go, McCain, with your imagination about Joe The Plumber that YOU chose, representing honest enteprise and a typical hard-working 'patriotic', tax-paying American!

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 18, 2008 5:44 PM

ONLY IN AMERICA IS THIS POSSIBLE
***************************
The McCain message to the US people is that it is OK to be dumb and a liar, as long as the good looks are there.

Yes, good enough to be a V.P. pick!

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 18, 2008 5:39 PM

876jnr-

Rea Hederman-Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D–Ill.) has unveiled his economic plan of raising taxes on the successful. His plan would boost the top marginal rate to well over 55 percent—before the inclusion of state and local taxes—resulting in many individuals seeing their marginal tax rate double. The consequences of this policy would be a return to the bad old days of tax avoidance, with taxpayers disguising personal income as business income or capital gains and the migration of capital from the United States to abroad.

Among the more prominent elements of his tax proposal, Senator Obama would end the Bush tax cuts and allow the top two tax rates to return to 36 and 39.6 percent. He also would allow personal exemptions and deductions to be phased out for those with income over $250,000. The real kicker, though, is that Senator Obama would end the Social Security payroll tax cap for those over $250,000 in earnings. (The cap is currently set at $102,000.) These individuals will then face a tax rate of 15.65 percent from payroll taxes and the top income tax rate of 39.6 percent for a combined top rate of over 56 percent on each additional dollar earned.

High-income individuals will be forced to pay even more if they live in cities or states with high taxes such as New York City, California, or Maryland. These unlucky people would pay over two-thirds of each new dollar in earnings to the federal government.

How the Obama Tax Plan Compares to Other Countries

Senator Obama's new tax rate would give the United States one of the highest tax rates among developed countries. Currently only six of the top 30 industrial nations have a tax rate for all levels of government combined of over 55 percent. Under this tax plan, the United States would join this group and have a higher top rate than such high-tax nations as Sweden and Denmark. The top marginal rate would exceed 60 percent with the inclusion of state and local taxes, which means that only Hungary would exceed Senator Obama's new proposed top tax rate. (!)

A LITTLE MORE YOU SAY? 12% UNEMPLOYMENT I SAY- REMEMBER JIMMY CARTER?

Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008 5:36 PM

A course in GOP economics:

Large corporations and the wealthiest 5% of our citizens paying slightly more in income taxes to fund domestic programs... Socialism

Middle class paying more in taxes to subsidize the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations... while receiving fewer services... Capitalism

No wonder "the base" of today's GOP reside in America's trailer parks. Free Vaseline with every McCain/Palin vote.

Posted by: 876jnr | October 18, 2008 5:25 PM

LOL..endorsed by Washington Post..a paper that would sell their own mother for a headline. Liberals that think its ok to expose american troops to terrorist.

Posted by: JWx2 | October 18, 2008 5:21 PM

Only a dundee will endorse John McShame.
He is out of touch,out of ideas and has finally ran out of time.
In other words....he is doomed!

Posted by: roberta2 | October 18, 2008 5:12 PM

Please read this article and get to know the Real John McCain. This is sad! You can tell a lot about a man’s character by the way he treats his love ones…..
This is a quote, but read the article from the link below...
"Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a leading campaigner for veterans’ rights, said: ‘I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is – deceit.
‘When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it.
‘Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.
‘This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol."
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html

Posted by: leoruler | October 18, 2008 4:56 PM

1)- McCain never got the nomination before because of those now calling Obama a socialist.

2)- Since you chose Bush over McCain, it's your fault the GOP will not control Congress for another 50 years, and that McCain is now too wrinkled to compete.

3)- Go to Alaska and get some salmon for El Papito NOW!

Posted by: papito2you | October 18, 2008 4:36 PM

if you had no knowledge of anything regarding this election, the simple fact this articles proclaims is all the reason you need to not vote for the socialist porch monkey
Posted by: laughing_at_dems

__________________________________

I take serious insult at you calling John McCain a "Socialist Porch Monkey",,,
WE MONKIES HAVE STANDARDS,,YOU HONKS ARE ROAD LEAVINGS!

Posted by: harried | October 18, 2008 4:30 PM

Blah,,blah...ETC, etc..blah , blah blah,

S0 CLINTON SAID NO ONE WANTS TO DO WHAT OBAMA WANTS TO DO BECAUSE IT'S REGRESSIVE!!!
Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008
_______________________________

Hey DONKEY HONKY,,,,,You sharing a Vaseline Jar with "JOE DA PLUMBER"?

Posted by: harried | October 18, 2008 4:24 PM

if you had no knowledge of anything regarding this election, the simple fact this articles proclaims is all the reason you need to not vote for the socialist porch monkey

Posted by: laughing_at_dems | October 18, 2008 4:19 PM

Newspapers are not owned by journalists but Fortune 500 corporation, which absolutely love GOPers.

Posted by: lilpixiefig@aol.com | October 18, 2008 4:17 PM

When people get behind the curtain,,,they get back to the Parent's hates, their RELIGION!...It's so hard to change a brain that sees Black as Sin, and White as Purity! They tought me my soul was pure when it was "ALL WHITE" and venial sins were little Black Smudges,and the MORTAL SIN turned my soul completely Black, and unless I repented eternal Hell was my destiny! !!

Posted by: harried | October 18, 2008 4:12 PM

Oh my GODESS, can this be the end of BLASPHEMY?

Posted by: harried | October 18, 2008 4:01 PM

McCain and Palin are trying to sell you on their candidacy in the same way sub-prime mortgage companies duped their victims. The difference is that this time, it’s the whole country that will be in danger of foreclosure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-QCgZ0d-MM

Don’t make the mistake that Obama has this election won. The people must vote on November 4th. No complacency, my fellow Americans. We can’t afford it. The only way we give ourselves a chance to claw our way back to greatness is to make sure you get up, get out and vote. If you registered recently, just take some time to verify that you are still registered. We can start down the road to healing the wounds of the last eight years. It starts with sweeping clean the debris of failed ideals and poisoned policies, and you, my friends, are the broom. Let's start sweeping.

Posted by: gadjitfreek | October 18, 2008 3:57 PM

Time for a donation to:

http://www.tinklenberg08.com/

"Bachmann comments raise at least $150k for opponent

It's unlikely that the American media will produce the "penetrating exposé" into whether members of Congress are "pro-America or anti-America" that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called for Friday, but there has been at least one consequence she may not have expected: Her congressional opponent, Democrat El Tinklenberg, has been showered with cash from all parts of the country — America, that is — as apparently insulted Americans respond to Bachmann's request."

"Bachmann on Friday told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that Barack Obama is not the only anti-American member of Congress. "The news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an exposé like that," she said."
http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/1008/Bachmann_comments_raising_money_for_opponent.html

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 18, 2008 3:57 PM

The New York Post endorsed McCain and the "rock-solid" Sarh Palin- well, normal people know what part of Palin is solid and full of rocks. The NY Post always does need some interpretation

Posted by: AndrearKline | October 18, 2008 3:46 PM

The most recent survey by PEW Research shows that 90% of Journalist consider themselves Liberals!
And yet you act like these endorsements are based on his qualifications?
PLEASE spare us your Bias BS as it is a true insult to every American rather Liberal, Conservative, Moderate or Whatever that reads your Newspaper and your articles/Headlines.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 18, 2008 3:36 PM

Obama has sensible plans for peace, prosperity, education, health care, energy independence, and environmental awareness.

McCain doesn't. McCain would be Bush on steroids, (or ephedra, or whatever he was on during the last debate) and his administration would bring more war and more devastation to the economy and more ruin into the lives of middle class Americans.

Our hope for the future resides in retooling for the long haul. Investing in education and health care so that the next generation can thrive in the new world's global information/service economy.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: jrob822 | October 18, 2008 3:22 PM

This is great news for Obama! The only problem I see is that no one trusts the media, but once Obama is president he'll restore confidence in the media among all the other wonderful blessings he'll bestow on us.

If anyone is interested, my completely voluntary endorsement of Obama is here:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008169.html

I cannot stress enough that I was not coerced into giving that endorsement. Also, I cannot stress enough that everyone *must* vote for Obama. Our peace and security depends on it...---... Obama will watch over each and every one of us and already has a support network in place, in every city, neighborhood, and city block throughout the U.S...---... If he isn't elected president, who knows what will happen.

Please, please, please...---... I urge you to join with me and help Obama with the six themes of his presidency:

* Health
* Education
* Liberty
* Peace
* Management
* Electrification

...---...Please!

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 18, 2008 2:53 PM

Back on topic: "Uncertain value"? Newspapers charge for ad space, don't they. At least that's how much the WaPo endorsement was worth.

Posted by: JakeD | October 18, 2008 2:47 PM

The Tale of Joe the Senator and Joe the Plumber

McCain won the Debate by Introducing the Desires of Hard Working Americans to get Ahead Back into the Race in the Form of Joe the Plumber-

Joe the Plumber now has a voice, speaking for the middle and upper middle class, trying to get ahead. The REAL Rich has been represented by Penny Pritzker's Candidate. Joe said, sure today it's people making over 250K that will get killed by Obama's taxes, but soon, as Obama's agenda gets more expensive, it will be people making 150K, and so on...it's like that old saying about not speaking out when someone comes for your neighbors....soon there will no one left to speak out when someone comes for you.

Biden made over 245K(!just under the cut off!) a year over the past 10 years and gave less than $370/yr to charity!; But he feels it's "Patriotic" to ask Everyone ELSE to redistribute THEIR earnings.


You know Joe the Senator, LOTS of us wouldn't mind pulling down 245K a year, not paying higher taxes, not giving much to charity....JUST LIKE YOU!

Adjusted Biden
Gross Income Charity

1998 $215,432 $195

1999 $210,797 $120

2000 $219,953 $360

2001 $220,712 $360

2002 $227,811 $260

2003 $231,375 $260

2004 $234,271 $380

2005 $321,379 $380

2006 $248,459 $380

2007 $319,853 $995

Total $2,450,042 $3,690

Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008 2:22 PM

National Business Association-

Small business statistics highlighted in the 2005 Small Business FAQ include:

· Small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.

· Over the past decade, small business net job creation fluctuated between 60 and 80 percent.

· Small businesses generate more than 50 percent of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).

· Two-thirds of new employer establishments survive at least two years after start-up, and 44 percent survive at least four years.

· Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees.

· Very small firms with fewer than 20 employees spend 45 percent more per employee than the largest firms to comply with federal regulations.

· Minorities own 4.1 million firms that generate $694.1 billion in revenues and employ 4.8 million workers.

· Women own 6.5 million businesses that generate $950.6 billion in revenues, and employ 7.2 million workers.

· In 2004, an estimated 580,900 employer firms opened while an estimated 576,200 closed.


So, If 4.1 million firms generate 694 Billion dollars and 1/3rd close witin 2 years, one can assume that the other 2/3 generate the majority of the revenue-
600 billion divided by 4.1 million x 2/3=
$219,780 mean revenue. One can imagine that all small businesses are doing at least as well as minority small businesses.
A profit of 250,000 doesn't seem too farfetched for a significant percentyage of small businesses that employ people, since one person ebay sellers are included in these numbers!

Keep it up Obama- I'm one small businessman who will cut payroll AND revenue AND hours worked rather than give my hard earned dollars to ACORN and Ayers related education programs- raise taxes higher and we'll have 12% unemployment before long!
Even Bill Clinton called your unprecedented raise in payroll taxes REGRESSIVE!

Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008 2:15 PM

Forget John McCain, how can any newspaper endorse a ticket with Sarah Palin on it?

This reflects presidential judgement?

Well, I guess Bush II has dumbed down the definition of presidential.

Senator Obama need only run 1 ad over and over again to win this election.

Here it is:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/only-ad-barack-obama-needs-to-run.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 18, 2008 2:13 PM

Are we to assume that the editorial boards are made up of domestic terrorists? No. But this seems to be the logic of the McCain camp. ..........................

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/18/the-ayers-of-christian-redemption/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 18, 2008 1:58 PM

Wow! You mean that the uber-liberal mainstream media that have been paddling around in the tank for "The One" all these months have actually formally endorsed him? Stop the presses!! Surprisesurprisesurprise - not.

Posted by: segeny | October 18, 2008 1:50 PM

The fact is Obama's tax plan is just a return to the PROVEN system Bill Clinton used during the prosperity of his term in office. Bill Clinton left office with huge budget surpluses.
-Seemstone
?????????????????

From the SanFrancisco Chronicle

Social Security rehab died first under Clinton
Lewinsky scandal, impeachment ended his overhaul attempt
Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Monday, April 11, 2005


Seven years ago, the first Baby Boomer president traveled the country to warn that his generation's impending retirement -- 76 million people, equal to the populations of California, Texas and Florida combined -- would bankrupt the generations to follow.

"It would be unconscionable if we failed to act," President Bill Clinton said at a forum in 1998, when he made fixing the nation's retirement program a top priority of his second term.

Clinton's efforts then, in light of President Bush's now, induce an extraordinary sense of déjà vu.

Clinton appointed a bipartisan commission, which delivered in 1997 three options to save the giant retirement program. They included a now-familiar list of possible benefit cuts, from changing indexing formulas to raising the retirement age.

One of the options would have allowed workers to divert 5 percentage points of their payroll taxes to personal accounts -- the first such proposal by a government commission.

Clinton started campaigning for changes, without saying what he endorsed. "I don't want to dodge any of that," he said, but "if I advocate a specific plan right now, then all the debate will be about that. The first thing we've got to do is get the American people solidly lined up behind change."

So he traveled the country in 1998, giving speeches, radio addresses, and holding town hall meetings with young workers and retirees.

He warned that it is better to "fix the roof when the sun is shining," and ran through the familiar arithmetic of the declining number of workers supporting every retiree. He urged finding ways to allow poorer workers to build wealth so they could "own a share of our nation's prosperity."

He pleaded for bipartisanship, promising that all ideas were on the table.

But he said there were really only three options: "We can raise payroll taxes again, which no one wants to do because the payroll tax is regressive ... We can cut benefits ... or we can work together to try to find some way to increase the rate of return."

S0 CLINTON SAID NO ONE WANTS TO DO WHAT OBAMA WANTS TO DO BECAUSE IT'S REGRESSIVE!!!

Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008 1:42 PM

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