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Alaska's Biggest Newspaper Endorses Obama

They know Sarah Palin well, in fact they know her better than any other newpaper in the nation, and they've chosen to endorse Barack Obama for President. They specifically cite Palin as unqualified and not ready:

Alaska's biggest paper, The Anchorage Daily News, has endorsed Barack Obama for president, despite -- or at least partly because of -- its state governor's presence on the opposing ticket.

While praising Palin's energy and bright future, the paper's editorial adds, "Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time."

Sarah Palin is seen by a majority of Americans as unqualified for the job of President of the United States -- and the folks who watch politics closely in Alaska know that better than anyone else.

Obama for president

Palin's rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand

Since his early acknowledgement that economic policy is not his strong suit, Sen. McCain has stumbled and fumbled badly in dealing with the accelerating crisis as it emerged. He declared that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" at 9 a.m. one day and by 11 a.m. was describing an economy in crisis. He is both a longtime advocate of less market regulation and a supporter of the huge taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailout. His behavior in this crisis -- erratic is a kind description -- shows him to be ill-equipped to lead the essential effort of reining in a runaway financial system and setting an anxious nation on course to economic recovery.

Sen. Obama warned regulators and the nation 19 months ago that the subprime lending crisis was a disaster in the making. Sen. McCain backed tighter rules for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but didn't do much to advance that legislation. Of the two candidates, Sen. Obama better understands the mortgage meltdown's root causes and has the judgment and intelligence to shape a solution, as well as the leadership to rally the country behind it. It is easy to look at Sen. Obama and see a return to the smart, bipartisan economic policies of the last Democratic administration in Washington, which left the country with the momentum of growth and a budget surplus that President George Bush has squandered.

On the most important issue of the day, Sen. Obama is a clear choice.

Sen. McCain describes himself as a maverick, by which he seems to mean that he spent 25 years trying unsuccessfully to persuade his own party to follow his bipartisan, centrist lead. Sadly, maverick John McCain didn't show up for the campaign. Instead we have candidate McCain, who embraces the extreme Republican orthodoxy he once resisted and cynically asks Americans to buy for another four years.

It is Sen. Obama who truly promises fundamental change in Washington. You need look no further than the guilt-by-association lies and sound-bite distortions of the degenerating McCain campaign to see how readily he embraces the divisive, fear-mongering tactics of Karl Rove. And while Sen. McCain points to the fragile success of the troop surge in stabilizing conditions in Iraq, it is also plain that he was fundamentally wrong about the more crucial early decisions. Contrary to his assurances, we were not greeted as liberators; it was not a short, easy war; and Americans -- not Iraqi oil -- have had to pay for it. It was Sen. Obama who more clearly saw the danger ahead. [...]

Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she's a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight.

Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.

Selecting the unqualified Sarah Palin as his Vice-Presidential running mate clealry demonstrated to the nation that John McCain does not have this country's best interests in mind, but is instead an extension of the George Bush GOP that ran this country into the ground for eight long years...

It's Time for a Change.


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Comments (7)

I guess no one knows Palin better than her hometown paper. Talk about a snub. Wow.What's next McCain's Arizona papers.

John loki:

Who gives a rats ass, they endorsed Kerry in 2004.

Tim:

What? A newspaper endorsed the Democrat? The Hell, you say!

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

The newspaper that knows Sarah Palin and her qualifications, ethics, and executive/leadership abilities better than any other newspaper in the nation has chosen to endorse Barack Obama rather then John McCain for the office of the President of the United States.

In their endorsement editorial they specifically cite Palin's lack of qualifications:

Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she's a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight.

Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. >Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.

Tim:

And yet they refuse to note that Palin has MORE experience than Obama, and she's not even running for president.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Intelligence beats out "experience" in this election.

George Bush has "experience" but lacked intelligence, and look at what that got us.

Shelby:

haha ya the Anchorage Daily News endorses Obama. You know what that means... NOTHING! The Anchorage Daily News is a full out LIBERAL media output. I live in Alaska, and many people I know plan on or already have stopped reading the Anchorage Daily News as the only thing you can believe in that LIBERAL CRAP is their sports scores. They have grown exceedingly worse in their bias. They are completely and totally without a doubt LIBERAL. Heck if Osama was running on the Democratic ticket, they'd endorse him too! It is a completely biased source. Considering I also know plenty of people either working for or have worked for the Anchorage Daily News, I also know that they are a dying company. Just goes to show, you publish a crap newspaper, you are gonna go right down the toilet.


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