Virginia Endorsements Going McCain's Way
The Washington Post's editorial board endorsed Barack Obama for president, but so far, Virginia's other papers are going for McCain. Here are some excerpts from their endorsement editorials:
The Winchester Star says McCain is the choice because he has the experience, world view, judgment and character to do the job in an especially trying time.
"Scarcely a presidential election goes by these days that voters aren't reminded that the race for the White House is the most important in years or, perhaps, their lifetimes.There's something different about this 2008 election: It clearly lives up to such hype.... Now is hardly the moment for the world's indispensable nation to take a flier on the untested."
The editorial credits McCain for being right on defense and experienced enough to tackle the economy, but the paper seems especially concerned about appointing conservative federal judges: "It will be of no small consequence to elect someone with a reverence for the Constitution, as written, rather than a desire to affect change through the naming of judges who view our founding document as something to be shredded by personal whimsy and the temptation to legislate rather than interpret."
The Daily Press in Newport News finds cause to admire Obama's appeal to hope, but ends up blasting him for being too liberal, too green, and too tied up with shady characters:
"When the bright light of electoral politics revealed some unappealing associates -- including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former Weatherman radical William Ayers, a corrupt Chicago political machine and convicted felon Tony Rezko -- Obama's modus operandi has been to deny, then defend and eventually distance himself from political embarrassments. All of which makes one wonder what Obama truly believes."
This is a less than enthusiastic endorsement, devoted largely to casting doubt on Obama rather than touting McCain's strengths. "John McCain is far from the perfect candidate," the paper says, "as evidenced, most recently, by his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, at a time when the nation needs the kind of economic expertise a Mitt Romney would have brought to the ticket."
Interestingly, these McCain endorsements came out on the same day as a slew of editorials from conservative Virginia papers endorsing Mark Warner's candidacy for the Senate. Like some significant chunk of Virginia voters, some newspaper editorialists seem ready to split their tickets and vote McCain-Warner. More editorial views as they come along....
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