From Karen, the Lonely Conservative:
October 18, 2012
What’s that old saying? Oh yeah, “It’s the economy, stupid.” I guess that’s what the editors of the left leaning Orlando Sentinel were thinking when they endorsed Mitt Romney. It’s another case of “We don’t like this guy all that much, but Obama has been so awful he’s the best choice.”
Romney is not our ideal candidate for president. We’ve been turned off by his appeals to social conservatives and immigration extremists. Like most presidential hopefuls, including Obama four years ago, Romney faces a steep learning curve on foreign policy.
I have no idea why that wouldn’t be a positive for Mr Romney; Barack Obama has been President for 3½ years, and he still hasn’t climbed the learning curve on foreign policy.
But the core of Romney’s campaign platform, his five-point plan, at least shows he understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are imperative — now, not four years in the future.
Romney has a strong record of leadership to run on. He built a successful business. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and mismanagement. As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with a Democrat-dominated legislature to close a $3 billion budget deficit without borrowing or raising taxes, and pass the health plan that became a national model.
This is Romney’s time to lead, again. If he doesn’t produce results — even with a hostile Senate — we’ll be ready in 2016 to get behind someone else who will.
Read the whole thing, as it also details how President Obama failed to work with Congress and to embrace the Simpson-Bowles Commission recommendations. He appointed the panel, then dissed it.
This isn’t the first left-leaning paper to endorse Romney, as noted at Big Journalism.
On the heels of Wednesday’s endorsement of Mitt Romney by the traditionally liberal Nashville Tennessean, another longtime left-leaning newspaper– the Orlando Sentinel – has also endorsed President Barack Obama’s Republican challenger. The Sentinel’s endorsement will have a greater impact, since it comes from one of the largest newspapers in the key swing state of Florida.
As I noted at Sulia, the next two and a half weeks are going to be really interesting.
The Sentinal’s logic was pretty simple:
We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.
It’s easy enough to see: the editors of the Sentinel would have liked to be able to endorse President Obama; the President is more naturally attuned to their way of thinking. This was, if anything, a hold-their-collective-noses endorsement, but they made it for one simple reason: after 3½ years in office, President Obama’s record is one of failure, not success.
If you read the entire editorial, you will see that the editors are giving their readers the same evidence as THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL has presented: by the numbers, by the objective measures, the Obama Administration has simply not measured up.
It isn’t much of a surprise that this site does not have a positive impression of the President; all of the writers here voted against Senator Obama in 2008. But the editors of the Sentinel supported his campaign in 2008; their Hopes have been dashed, and they have now Changed their minds. The editors might have a more liberal mindset, but without economic success, without the growth we need to see to prosper, nothing else matters.