Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NY Times Presidential Endorsement

The New York Times announced its endorsement of Obama today. You can read the entire editorial here, but I have pulled some of what I consider the best, here:

Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems.

In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress.

Given the particularly ugly nature of Mr. McCain’s campaign, the urge to choose on the basis of raw emotion is strong. But there is a greater value in looking closely at the facts of life in America today and at the prescriptions the candidates offer. The differences are profound.

The article is a bit long but very even-handed and well-written. I know the majority (maybe all?) of my readers are planning to vote as I am, but please forward the link to any undecideds you know ... your spouse, your sister, your neighbor ... Do it now.

1 comment:

Ave said...

I totally agree that McCain has run a crappy camp. I thought he was playing too dirty when he did the dirty lying about Mitt in Florida. However Karen, we will have to agree to disagree on Obama. I think he is a slick one and he won't have my vote. I may be forced to vote Nadar.

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