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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune Endorses President Obama for Second Term

“Too Many Mitts” is the title of the Salt Lake Tribune editorial endorsing Obama’s re-election.

The editorial starts off praising Romney for his organization of the 2002 Olympics:

“In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.  Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee.

From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign:  ‘Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?’

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out…

Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.”


Listen up people.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It helps that the Tribune is Independent of the Mormon Church


October 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

It's unusual for a major newspaper in a state like Utah to pan a major-party presidential candidate that calls the state home, or one of his home states, anyway. It would be much less unusual in states such as New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. But Utah? That should be a red-flag warning for lots of late deciders.

October 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

S.W. Anderson, let's hope the late deciders are paying attention.

October 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

If Deseret endorsed him, now THAT would be a big story. These guys are in SLC which is quite liberal for Utah. Only good thing, if it manages to get into the news elsewhere that shows even the Mormons don't trust the guy.

October 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Still, Utah is supposed to be the reddest of the red states. I hope this Tribune editorial will mean something.

SW: I too hope this red flag warning will reach a lot of undecided voters.

jadedj: Indeed, let's hope.

Jess: I'm guessing "liberal for Utah" would still be rightwing in most other states. I sure hope this SLC endorsement will have some influence.

October 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM  

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