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Wisconsin State Journal endorses Romney, becomes 8th large paper to flip from Obama in 08
Poynter.Org ^ | Nov. 4, 2012 | Julie Moos

Posted on 11/04/2012 6:10:31 AM PST by GonzoII

In the final hours of the presidential campaign, the largest endorsing newspaper in the swing state of Wisconsin has thrown its support to GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

In an editorial published Sunday, the Wisconsin State Journal said:

This is not an easy endorsement to make.

Obama is the more likeable candidate and inspiring speaker. Obama inherited a mess from his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, who was even more disappointing than Obama has been.

Obama got us out of Iraq. He pressured public schools to reform. He gave the final order that got Osama bin Laden.

But this election is about jobs, the slow economy and Washington’s dysfunction. Our leaders can’t even pass a budget, much less stabilize soaring debt that’s burdening our children and grandchildren.

Obama failed to embrace his own commission’s bipartisan debt deal. Ryan, serving on the commission, similarly balked at the solid and comprehensive agreement.

But Obama is the president. The buck stops with him. This is now Obama’s economy, even though the GOP shares in the blame for partisan games.

This endorsement may be even more significant since the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel decided not to endorse either presidential candidate this year.

(Excerpt) Read more at poynter.org ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: romney; romney2012
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Yet another. How big is this one..comments?
1 posted on 11/04/2012 6:10:37 AM PST by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

Big. That paper has very good penetration even in Madison, and is definitely lefty.

The paper itself is overpriced and undersized, but the Sudoku puzzles and Jumble on the Take Five page are okay.


2 posted on 11/04/2012 6:14:42 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: GonzoII

Even journalists can’t live like this anymore.


3 posted on 11/04/2012 6:15:32 AM PST by Suz in AZ
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To: GonzoII

I’m side eying all these liberal papers right now.


4 posted on 11/04/2012 6:16:04 AM PST by snarkytart
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To: GonzoII

The New York Daily News endorsed Romney today as well. That means three out of the four NYC area dailies have endorsed Romney.


5 posted on 11/04/2012 6:17:00 AM PST by wideawake
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To: GonzoII

God’s blessing.

Can’t lose.


6 posted on 11/04/2012 6:17:13 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (My Birthday is on Election Day. Wish me a VERY Happy Birthday!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Sounds like me. I buy a copy of the Detroit Free Press every once in a while when I want to do a Crossword Puzzle. I use the rest to wrap the garbage with.


7 posted on 11/04/2012 6:18:22 AM PST by kempster
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To: Dr. Sivana

That is proof that some Democrats are voting for Romney this time


8 posted on 11/04/2012 6:22:07 AM PST by MNDude (OWS Movement RIP)
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To: GonzoII

It’s nice to see some major papers flipping but the national problems the cite didn’t just pop up last week. Where were they over the past four years while the country suffered from a complete lack of leadership and the economy steadily worsened? Now, at the eleventh hour, they are suddenly concerned about the sorry state of the country after four years of political failure at the top.

To your question, I’m not sure these “death bed conversions” will have much impact.


9 posted on 11/04/2012 6:23:09 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Dr. Sivana

Call me “shocked”
Madistan newswraps are the Wisconsin version of Pravda. Both of them!
I might have to save a copy and frame it


10 posted on 11/04/2012 6:24:23 AM PST by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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To: wideawake

That means three out of the four NYC area dailies have endorsed Romney.
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It matters little. New York is rock solid Dem and sadly those electoral votes are in the bag for the Usurper.


11 posted on 11/04/2012 6:26:53 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Starboard
To your question, I’m not sure these “death bed conversions” will have much impact.

It gives "permission" to the fence sitters.

You may have a point though, in that the endorsements are simply a reflection of what is happening, than a shaper of it. Reagan certainly get this much traction in 1980, but there were a flurry of non-endorsements nd Anderson endorsements that were effectively the same.
12 posted on 11/04/2012 6:27:12 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: GonzoII

The Dayton Daily Democrat has chosen to not endorse at all - they always endorsed the Democrat in the past. When I dropped my subscription after the Clinton endorsement, they called me asking “What would it take to get me back as a subscriber?” I told them they could start by firing their entire editorial staff, especially the ones that moved over into the op-ed page so only one side was presented. They hung up on me.


13 posted on 11/04/2012 6:28:52 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: GonzoII

“”””””This is not an easy endorsement to make.

Obama is the more likeable candidate and inspiring speaker. Obama inherited a mess from his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, who was even more disappointing than Obama has been.

Obama got us out of Iraq. He pressured public schools to reform. He gave the final order that got Osama bin Laden.””””

Does this guy write comedy for SNL????


14 posted on 11/04/2012 6:32:47 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: GonzoII

I grew up in Madison. I think H3ll just froze over!


15 posted on 11/04/2012 6:36:06 AM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: OrioleFan

Too little too late is what I think. “Madistan” is solid Demmodummies. Even if this fishwrap paper endorses Romney, they won’t change their minds and vote for him. More like ‘window dressing”. If they had made such and endorsement a month ago, things might have swayed slightly to Romney/Rayn. Might be too little, too late.


16 posted on 11/04/2012 6:36:06 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: OrioleFan

Too little too late is what I think. “Madistan” is solid Demmodummies. Even if this fishwrap paper endorses Romney, they won’t change their minds and vote for him. More like ‘window dressing”. If they had made such and endorsement a month ago, things might have swayed slightly to Romney/Ryan. Might be too little, too late.


17 posted on 11/04/2012 6:36:32 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Starboard

The point is not that NY will go GOP. It won’t. What it means is that these papers see a Romney endorsement as something which will bestow credibility on themselves. They think he’ll win anyway, so they are going with the tide. The Daily News endorsement is actually very well written.


18 posted on 11/04/2012 6:36:48 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Dr. Sivana

My view is that a lot of these endorsements are just one time events. Highlighting Obama’s failings over a longer period of time probably would have had an impact on voters but the press has been, as Rush so aptly puts it, “drive by’s” who willfully ignored anything that was not positive to the administration.

I’m afraid it’s too little too late, to help sway the election in a meaningful way. But you may be right that this might sway some of the fence sitters that are still out there.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 6:37:00 AM PST by Starboard
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To: wideawake

They think he’ll win anyway, so they are going with the tide.
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A good point. Nobody likes to be on the winning side.

And I agree that some of these editorials are actually well written (excluding the one posted here). The Sun Sentinel (in Broward/Palm Beach of all places!) had a very good editorial endorsing Romney as did the Detroit News.


20 posted on 11/04/2012 6:44:47 AM PST by Starboard
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