With word coming down that even Ronald Reagan's former Chief of Staff, Ken Duberstein, has endorsed Barack Obama for President , perhaps it's time we look at some of the endorsements for each candidate, and what they might mean.
Recent Obama endorsements include former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, registered Republican Charles Barkley and DeVal Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, but they don't count because they're black, and according to Limbaugh, they only endorsed Obama because of the color of his skin.
Likewise, John Thune, Rudy Giuliani and Pastor John Hagee endorsed McCain because they're the pastiest-looking white men on the planet, just like McCain, so we won't count them, either.
So, what are we left with?
Well, as of today, Obama leads the daily newspaper endorsement race in a landslide, by more than 2-to-1, according to Editor & Publisher, 240-114, with 47 papers who backed Bush in 2004 now backing Obama. When weeklies and magazines are included, the difference is even more stark, with Obama tallying 345 endorsements to McCain's 129.
One of the most startling endorsements has come from none other than the Salt Lake Tribune, although when you read the endorsement, it reads like less an endorsement of Obama, and more a show of disappointment because McCain didn't choose Mormon Mitt as his running mate. And who could have ever imagined that the Chicago Tribune and the Denver Post would ever endorse a Democrat?
In addition to the newspapers and magazines, Obama is also receiving many pretty amazing personal endorsements, as well. Scott McClellan has said he will vote for Obama, and none other than David Brooks and Charles Krauthammer have given their endorsements for the Obama candidacy, as well.
Meanwhile, the only people I'm seeing endorsing John McCain are the right wing radio loons, like Limbaugh and the Savage Weiner, and idiots like Ted Nugent and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, or pseudo-religious loons like John Hagee.
Most telling, though, is not so much who is endorsing whom, but what they say in their endorsements.
These are random samples from Obama endorsements:
Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the
people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a
good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the
historical moment seems to be calling for. — Christopher Buckley.
We’ve been watching Barack Obama for two years now, and in all that
time there hasn’t been a moment in which he has publicly lost his
self-control. This has been a period of tumult, combat, exhaustion and
crisis. And yet there hasn’t been a moment when he has displayed rage,
resentment, fear, anxiety, bitterness, tears, ecstasy, self-pity or
impulsiveness. — David Brooks
I truly believe that at this point in
Amserica’s history we need a president who will not just continue …
basically the policies we have followed in recent years. We
need a president with transformational qualities. For that reason, I will be voting for Barack Obama. — Colin Powell
We can't afford a Republican as president any longer. We need change. Even
though Sen. John McCain has portrayed himself as a maverick and an
advocate for change, his Republican background and votes for Bush
Republican plans set him up to follow more closely than we want.Sen.
Barack Obama has focused on the change he would provide as a Democrat
in the White House, and that's a dramatic difference from eight years
of Republican rule. — The Marshfield (WI) News-Herald
Compare that to some of the endorsements of John McCain:
Between 2009 and 2012, there will likely be two or more opportunities
for the President to nominate new justices to the Supreme Court. …
The highest court in the land could become stacked – even more than it
already is – with justices who will … impose a liberal agenda on the
nation. It will likely affect the deﬁnition of marriage, religious
freedom, and the protection (or lack thereof) of life in the womb. — James Dobson
The biggest difference between McCain and Obama boils down to the one
characteristic our next president must have, and that is experience.
McCain has it and Obama doesn't. Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden,
has experience, and McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, hasn't nearly
as much as Biden. Next Tuesday, however, we're not electing running
mates. We're electing the man who will lead our country for the next
four years, perhaps beyond. … the Juneau Empire
This is a time for a president with deep experience and proven
character, a president who thrives in the great, good, honest middle
ground in which most Americans live, a president forthright enough to
tell us what we'd rather not hear, a president with the courage to
follow his convictions and the grit to persevere.
This is Sen. John McCain's time. … — The Cincinnati Enquirer
Do you see a difference in the above? Obama's earned his endorsements through blood, sweat and heard work, while McCain's endorsements seem to come from a place of pure fiction, in which he is proclaimed to be something he isn't. The "middle ground"? Throughout this entire election season, McCain has been proving over and over again that he really wants deeply to be a right winger. Everything he's claimed to believe in all year has been the same sort of right wing policies George Bush has been promoting for eight years; the same ones that have left us with the worst economic mess we've seen since the Great Depression, and the worst position, globally, than we've seen possibly in our history.
Barack Obama has shown more courage than John McCain, he's been more rational than John McCain, he's been more consistent than John McCain ever thought of being, and he has never pandered to any specific group in order to win their votes. He says what he thinks, and has never wavered from that, in nearly two years of campaigning. Compare that to John McCain, who has essentially reversed himself on every position he once claimed to hold dear, and who has pandered his way through this campaign, as if he had no principles whatsoever.
If you disagree with me, please cite McCain's core principles in your comments. I bet, for everyone, I can find a contradicting statement by McCain himself.