“The presidential imperative of the times is to energize the economy and get deficits under control to empower the working and middle classes to again enjoy the fruits of an ascendant America. So The News is compelled to stand with Romney.”
And with that, the traditionally liberal oriented Daily News which endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, endorsed Mitt Romney for President in 2012.
The endorsement is probably meaningless in terms of its effect on the final result in the election, especially the expected result in New York City which The Daily News covers. Few if any committed voters in the New York tri-state area will be changing their minds based upon this endorsement. First of all, millions of people in this area are homeless, or without power and busy throwing their belongings in to garbage bags and dragging them to the curb as they try to salvage their flooded homes. So many of them are not seeing or hearing about the endorsement and those that might, probably won’t be convinced to change their minds because of it. But while the endorsement may not make a difference, it is still an important verdict. It is further evidence of a national sentiment which is not being accurately measured in most state and national polls.
Polls which are basing their results on the 2008 turnout models are giving President Obama an overwhelming and undue edge by assuming that voters are as excited by and as enthusiastic with Barack Obama as they were in 2008. That model does not accurately gauge the sentiments of voters who four years later are disappointed by Barack Obama and as seen in the opinion of the liberal editorial board of the Daily News, that disappointment even exists among the President’s base.
Ultimately, an incumbent can not run away from their record. President Obama has done his very best to run away and hide from it, but like his own shadow, he has not been able to distance himself from it. And it is that record which The Daily News based its decision on.
The Daily News dedicated more than half of their editorial outlining the failures in President Obama’s record, including his two centerpiece legislative agenda items… the economic stimulus packages and Obamacare. And when it comes to the promised hope and change that Barack Obama rode to victory in 2008, The Daily News points out that very little changed and hope under Barack Obama has become a distant memory. This point is made most apparent in their describing the process that Obama used to pass healthcare reform as a partisan mess.
The Daily News put it this way;
“R.I.P. and never to be resurrected — Obama’s promised bipartisanship.”
Meanwhile, the editorial board of the News did not base their decision entirely upon a desire to vote against Barack Obama. In their editrorial they offered numerous reasons to vote for Mitt Romney. They write;
“Critically, he has tailored his policies to create jobs, jobs, jobs.
The centerpieces of Romney’s plan call for spending restraint and rewriting the Internal Revenue code to lower rates by 20%. He would make up much of the lost revenue by eliminating deductions and loopholes that have made the tax system a thicket of strangling complexities. On its own, paring the personal and corporate rules to the basics would catalyze business and consumer spending.”
The endorsement goes on to praise Romney for his energy plan, Medicare proposals, immigration strategy. In other words, even The Daily News sees Romney as candidate solid enough to vote for and not as a protest vote against Barack Obama.
No, the Daily News endorsement won’t change the minds of many voters and possibly not even any voters at all. But with two days to go till the election, it doesn’t matter. As demonstrated by the liberal Daily News, even the President’s base is finding it hard to honestly say that the last four years have been a success and they finding it even harder to say that another four years of the same will be any more succesful. Most moderates, independents, Libertarians, Republicans and conservative have known that for quite some time now. But it is becoming more and more obvious that even many Democrats and liberals are accepting that. Such is not a recipe for victory for Barack Obama. It is a winning formula for Mitt Romney
The polls are not picking up on those conclusions. Instead the liberal hacks and leftist manipulators of numbers like Nate Silver over a the New York Times are trying to convince us that Mitt Romney has about an only 20% chance of winning. If they truly believe that, than they are far less intelligent than I have until now known liberals to be.
More realistic indications of the national sentiment are reflected by those like Michael Barone, one of the most prominent and less partisan political analysts in the nation. Barone projects a Romney win in the Electoral College with 315 electoral votes. White House 2012’s own projection is close to Barone’s, with two exceptions. While Barone projects Romney will take Pennsylvania and lose Nevada, White House 2012 believes Romney will take Nevada but lose Pennsylvania. We will defer to Barone’s expertise on the issue but a more likely outcome is that the Romney-Ryan ticket will win neither Pennsylvania or Nevada. But fear not. Such a result would still produce a Romney victory in the Electoral College with 295 electors. Of course if this is the landslide that both Michael Barone and White House believe we are headed towards, Governor Romney could win both and seal the deal with a 321 to 217 Electoral College win.
Either way, the writing is on the wall. The momentum remains behind Mitt Romney in these closing days of the campaign and as President Obama continues to wreak of desperation on the campaign trail, a cool and confident Mitt Romney is seeming more and more and presidential on the campaign trail as he continues to win over over undecided voters and energize his base.
So while The Daily News endorsement of Mitt Romney will not change the outcome of the election, it confirms that there exists a negative sentiment of President Obama that has even spilled over to liberal partisans who despite trying quite hard to find any excuse to support their ideological standardbearer, can’t find any.
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