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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....

By Marc Fisher |  October 20, 2008; 2:04 PM ET
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Posted by: Cawren | October 20, 2008 2:25 PM

Posted by: hottopics | October 20, 2008 4:05 PM

I hardly think that the circulations of the Daily Press or the Winchester Star merit significant recognition as "major" Virginia newspapers. Let's see what the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Virginian Pilot, and the Roanoke Times weigh in with, before we assume that "Virginia newspapers" are going conservative.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 4:38 PM

Clearly the Virginia papers are RACIST. Only a RACIST would oppose The One.

Posted by: ThinkBarack | October 20, 2008 4:58 PM

Is the Winchester Star suggesting that Obama views the Constitution as "something to be shredded by personal whimsy?"

Exactly what has he done to elicit such an implicit accusation? Does his history studying and teaching constitutional law somehow preclude him from being viewed as having "a reverence for the Constitution?"

Certainly the Star editorial board has been paying attention over the last four years as the Constitution has been ritually dedacted, revised, or ignored not by judges, but by the executive branch itself.

Why don't they just come out and say they support McCain because, among other things, they feel he will appoint judges opposed to Roe v. Wade?

Posted by: John in Mpls | October 20, 2008 5:06 PM

It's always fun to watch conservatives as they try to express coherent, critical reasoning. They invariably wind up saying stupid things like Obama wants to "shred the Constitution," or that knowing Wright, Ayers and Rezko is a disqualifying character flaw but selecting Palin to be VP is not. Somehow reality always gets in the way of fantasy.

Posted by: Andy | October 20, 2008 6:49 PM

I found it interesting that Yahoo's political blog considered the Dc Examiner's endorsement of McCain to be significant. I asked them if they knew it was a giveaway at Metro, tossed unwanted into people's driveways and ofen found in large piles- never given away- at Metro stations in the afternoon. I doubt the Examiner actually has a circulation of 100,000- a printing-perhaps- but not read in those numbers

Posted by: Andrea | October 20, 2008 7:08 PM

Too funny...a positive story for McCain that is AGAIN buried in the metro section and not in POLITICS.


Posted by: DC MOM | October 20, 2008 9:08 PM

Chances are that a vote for Senator McCain is a vote for Mrs. Palin, who is woefully unprepared to assume the Presidency (although she does look great in red leather, no disagreement there). Senator Obama is not only prepared to assume the Presidency, as Colin Powell, Warren Buffett, and many other well-known Americans have forcefully stated, but he will be a transformational leader both here and for our traditional Allies abroad. What do these papers have to say about that? 61 American Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, and medicine have publicly endorsed Mr. Obama. Time and again, Barack Obama through his speeches reminds us that this election is not about him, it is about how to solve serious issues. Mr. McCain's campaign seems to be all about Mr. Obama, and flails around reacting to the sound bite of the day. This Virginian is voting for Barack Obama. He will be a thoughtful and inspirational President for ALL Americans, even those McCain supporters who don't think much of him. YES WE CAN and YES HE WILL.

Posted by: JulieMcNamara | October 23, 2008 5:08 PM

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