Holy crap! Chicago Tribune endorses Barack Obama for president!

This is a big fucking deal. Do you know why it’s a big fucking deal? I’ll let the folks at the Chicago Tribune explain it:

This endorsement makes some history for the Chicago Tribune. This is the first time the newspaper has endorsed the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.

That paper, by the way, has been around for some 167 years. Not that they’ve always endorsed the Republicans:

The Tribune in its earliest days took up the abolition of slavery and linked itself to a powerful force for that cause—the Republican Party. The Tribune’s first great leader, Joseph Medill, was a founder of the GOP. The editorial page has been a proponent of conservative principles. It believes that government has to serve people honestly and efficiently.

With that in mind, in 1872 we endorsed Horace Greeley, who ran as an independent against the corrupt administration of Republican President Ulysses S. Grant. (Greeley was later endorsed by the Democrats.) In 1912 we endorsed Theodore Roosevelt, who ran as the Progressive Party candidate against Republican President William Howard Taft.

The Tribune’s decisions then were driven by outrage at inept and corrupt business and political leaders.

We see parallels today.

The Republican Party, the party of limited government, has lost its way. The government ran a $237 billion surplus in 2000, the year before Bush took office—and recorded a $455 billion deficit in 2008. The Republicans lost control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2006 because, as we said at the time, they gave the nation rampant spending and Capitol Hill corruption. They abandoned their principles. They paid the price.

The Chicago Tribune is obviously Old School Republican and not the Neocons that currently have control of the White House. Still, it’s a stunning moment to see them endorse a Democrat for the first time. I also find it amazing that, like me, they like the old John McCain and are disappointed with what he’s turned himself into in order to become President:

We might have counted on John McCain to correct his party’s course. We like McCain. We endorsed him in the Republican primary in Illinois. In part because of his persuasion and resolve, the U.S. stands to win an unconditional victory in Iraq.

It is, though, hard to figure John McCain these days. He argued that President Bush’s tax cuts were fiscally irresponsible, but he now supports them. He promises a balanced budget by the end of his first term, but his tax cut plan would add an estimated $4.2 trillion in debt over 10 years. He has responded to the economic crisis with an angry, populist message and a misguided, $300 billion proposal to buy up bad mortgages.

McCain failed in his most important executive decision. Give him credit for choosing a female running mate—but he passed up any number of supremely qualified Republican women who could have served. Having called Obama not ready to lead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. His campaign has tried to stage-manage Palin’s exposure to the public. But it’s clear she is not prepared to step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president. McCain put his campaign before his country.

They’re not entirely thrilled with Obama, but they’ve watched him long enough as an Illinois politician to feel he’d be the best choice:

McCain calls Obama a typical liberal politician. Granted, it’s disappointing that Obama’s mix of tax cuts for most people and increases for the wealthy would create an estimated $2.9 trillion in federal debt. He has made more promises on spending than McCain has. We wish one of these candidates had given good, hard specific information on how he would bring the federal budget into line. Neither one has.

We do, though, think Obama would govern as much more of a pragmatic centrist than many people expect.

We know first-hand that Obama seeks out and listens carefully and respectfully to people who disagree with him. He builds consensus. He was most effective in the Illinois legislature when he worked with Republicans on welfare, ethics and criminal justice reform.

He worked to expand the number of charter schools in Illinois—not popular with some Democratic constituencies.

He took up ethics reform in the U.S. Senate—not popular with Washington politicians.

His economic policy team is peppered with advisers who support free trade. He has been called a “University of Chicago Democrat”—a reference to the famed free-market Chicago school of economics, which puts faith in markets.

Obama is deeply grounded in the best aspirations of this country, and we need to return to those aspirations. He has had the character and the will to achieve great things despite the obstacles that he faced as an unprivileged black man in the U.S.

He has risen with his honor, grace and civility intact. He has the intelligence to understand the grave economic and national security risks that face us, to listen to good advice and make careful decisions.

When Obama said at the 2004 Democratic Convention that we weren’t a nation of red states and blue states, he spoke of union the way Abraham Lincoln did.

It may have seemed audacious for Obama to start his campaign in Springfield, invoking Lincoln. We think, given the opportunity to hold this nation’s most powerful office, he will prove it wasn’t so audacious after all. We are proud to add Barack Obama’s name to Lincoln’s in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States.

Wow, just.. wow! That’s one hell of an endorsement. That’s GOTTA put a spring into Obama’s step. It’s certainly doing wonders for mine.

32 thoughts on “Holy crap! Chicago Tribune endorses Barack Obama for president!

  1. But they are obviously idiots

    In part because of his persuasion and resolve, the U.S. stands to win an unconditional victory in Iraq.

    You can’t win an unconditional victory against guerrillas, especially with the way the US led coalition is handling things.  We are not even trying to win a unconditional victory- look at the way withdrawls from Iraq are being managed.

    Guerrilla wars end in 1 of 3 ways
    – Withdrawl of invading/occuping force (VietNam, AWI)
    – Negotiation with Guerrillas, which even if it doesn’t bring peace, brings the sort of normalcy that stops most of the attacks (Ulster)
    – No popular support for guerrillas, usually because the occupier/allied government moves enough to what the people want for them to suppoort an imperfect peace.  May also be a result of method 2.

  2. It seems many are coming around. States that have not gone Democrat in decades are starting to lean towards Obama. I did not want to vote for Obama, since he is a one term senator. But Obama is intelligent and seems to have good character. I agree with most of his positions. The McCain campaign has not done anything to give me an excuse to vote for them, quite the opposite. I did not feel that McCain looked overwhelmingly better in the foreign policy portions of their debates. McCain himself at one point, before the economic crisis really got going, said that economics was not his strongest field; not to mention his comment about the “fundamentals of our economy.” And, he would be the oldest president elected in our history, with a history of skin cancer, with an exceptionally poor VP pick. Not a great combination. Voting with Bush 90% of the time, as he said himself, does not help either.

    So, I’ll vote for Obama, change that I can at least have some faith in.

  3. You can’t win an unconditional victory against guerrillas, especially with the way the US led coalition is handling things.

    What do you mean, LH?  Have you forgotten how Rambo won the Vietnam War?

  4. That McCain is a funny guy is not in question: supposedly, this photo is real.  And I’m sure he would make a better president than Bush.  But I’m still rooting, and voting, for Obama.

  5. supposedly, this photo is real.

    The photo is apparently real. And has even made one of his staffers cry when the media published it…

    Can’t find the article in which I read that, damn – so just treat that last factoid as a liberal media lie wink

  6. If its faked then someone has gone to a lot of trouble, because it exists from a number of different angles.  And it not cry then guarenteed at least one staffer would have done the classic “elbows on desk, head in hands pose” people do when something goes wrong. There is also a video of McCain pulling these sort of faces.  Doesn’t help he looks like an Adipose.

  7. Yeah I was expecting he would. Rumors have been circulating for awhile now. I still like Powell despite his stupidly allowing himself to be used by his party and the Bush administration.

  8. Colin Powell is certainly the bigger news of the week, that has got to be a big blow to McCain. It was funny as my wife asked, “I wonder how Fox News will spin this.” I saw some story I already forgot about. All I could do was shake my head.

  9. Liberal Traitor.

    Fox news would NEVER do that!

    They will report “Colin Powell goes back on his party and his friend McCain to endorse Obambi” and ask you to decide “Is he a liberal traitor?”

    [Obambi – the right-wing nickname for Obama on pages like Freerepublic.com. Hey, I wonder how it feels to be the deer in the headlights, come election day, fellas? wink ]

  10. Perhaps, but the Freepers would:

    POWELL IS DESPICABLE!! He owes EVERYTHING to Republicans, but BLACKNESS is the ONLY thing that matters!!! Obama want to RUIN THE MILITARY and bring down MAERICA to THIRD WORLD STATUS!!

    SCREW THIS BARFING IDIOT! POWELL JUST REINFORCED EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, WE ALWAYS SAID WHY HE WAS A LOSER, PHONY REPUBLICAN!

    Well at least he’s not a racist /sarc Os it all about skin color with these people? I can’t believe anyone with his intelligence could do this, my God.

    The last shred of respect I had for him is gone. He’s just a tool.

    A traitor. I have lost all respect for this sell out. I’ll be interested to hear why he is endorsing a candidate that wants to end a war, he played a crucial war in starting. I hate to say it, but it would seem race has played a crucial role in this.

    Where are all the calls for a Powell/Rice ticket now?

    Yes its based on race. Whats next..Condi..? I have no idea how a Republican could endorse the biggest liberal in the Senate. gross.

    Good for Powell because now we really understand what he believes in. Before, he tried to play both sides so no one could pin him. Now we know he believe in defeatism.

    Colin Blow Powell…what a disgrace. Disappointment. He’s part of the reason we’re in the trouble we are in now. If I remember correctly, he’s the one who did NOT want to go to Baghdad in GWarI, Norman wanted to END IT right then and there…but pantytwit Powell was too much of a wussy…

    THIS GUY IS AN IDIOT! HE TOUTS THE TALKING POINT LIES AND I THINK HE REALLY BELIEVES THEM!

    Racist MOFO

    It is so sad when ones loyalty and common sense goes no further than the color of the skin. Despicable!!!!!!!

    Watch the republican base rally and be mad as hell, its out in the open, the one top black general endorses the black candidate, thats just racist, i guess, well it is in Baracks book.

    Dr. King’s dream is dead. It’s totally about the color of skin for these people. The content of ones character has ZERO bearing on their decision.

    Powell just sold his soul to the antichrist. God help us all and America’s blood will be on Powell’s hands.

    Semi whites stick together

    Unfortunately, I believe this election has pushed the improvement made in race relations back 60 years.

    But, it’s also funny how as soon as an African American leaves the Liberal, “Pay me now!” plantation, they’re labelled an Uncle Tom.

    BLACKNESS is the ONLY thing that matters!!!

    And that’s just the first half of quotes over at Pam’s House Blend.

  11. I have, after some thought, decided that that Congressman Bachmann is right.  There should be an investigation into anyone who acts anti-american.  They should then be forced to leave the US.

    This should reduce the Republicans membership by about 90%.

    Oh silly me- racism is an US value.

  12. “MAERICA”? How fucking patriotic is someone who cannot even bother to spell the name of his/her country properly?

  13. Whats the political equivalent of ‘The China Syndrome’

    My vote on that would be Whoops Apocalyps.

    Eeeeek, that could sum up what could happen if Palin ever gets her hands on the nuclear football!

  14. I’ve seen it too- think it might be too British for US ‘80s tastes.

    I’ve learnt about the Bradley effect- voters voting against the black man at the least moment.

    Political scandles get suffixed with -gate.

    In future when a party goes into self destructive melt down as it falls towrads its extremes will it be called the Palin Defect?

  15. I shouldn’t be disturbed by what passes for *cough* “thought” *cough* among the freepers, but…wow…that’s just more projection than I think I can deal with at one sitting.

    Personally, I don’t have a whole lot of respect for Powell after the BS at the UN—and him testifying to Ted Stevens’ “sterling character” only the week before didn’t help matters.  He was window dressing for the Neo/Theocon Administration—just like Christine Whitman—from Day 1, and I can honestly say that I recognized the “compassionate conservatism” for the Orwellian travesty it was even before Dubya took office.

    That being said, if Powell’s defection represents an even further rift in the GOP, I’m all grins.  Cuz those morons need to howl in the wilderness for another election cycle after this one.  You’re already seeing the signs of self-delusion:  The election will be “stolen” by ACORN.  Or that McCain compromised too much by burying the needle on the Rovian Slime Machine.  Not to go all Godwin, but it’ll be no different from Germany lying itself into believing that they actually won WWI, but were “betrayed.”  So these @$$clowns will put up a ticket headed by Jindal or Huckabee or Jeb Bush in 2012 because the crazy-base is still pulling the strings, still believing that God wants white fundamentalist NRA-card-carrying American men to rule the world. 

    What happens in 2016, I can’t begin to guess.  But I hope to the FSM that these scary @#$%s finally just give up on politics for a generation—and that the Dominionist b@$+@rds (e.g. Harold Ahmanson) who are bankrolling them managed to lose their fat @$$3$ in the stock market.

  16. I read all 332 comments about Powell on the Freeper site. A definate disturbance in the Force.  I felt soiled afterwards.

    Lol. Except that they are just flailing.

    So these @$$clowns will put up a ticket headed by Jindal or Huckabee or Jeb Bush in 2012 because the crazy-base is still pulling the strings,

    You brought a smile to my face, cubiclegrrl!

  17. I read all 332 comments about Powell on the Freeper site. A definate disturbance in the Force.  I felt soiled afterwards.

    Lol. Except that they are just flailing.

    But still allowed out of the house without adult supervision.

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