The latest paper to switch from endorsing Barack Obama in 2008 to Mitt Romney in 2012 is the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The editors are quite brisk in dismissing Obama’s various campaign distractions and social-issue panders, making it clear that it’s all about the economy, and Mitt Romney is the right man for the job:
Brush away all the rhetoric, all the vitriol, all the divisiveness from the presidential campaign. To most Americans, only one thing matters ??? the economy.
Four years into Barack Obama???s presidency, economic growth is sputtering. Family incomes are down. Poverty is up. Business owners are reluctant to assume risk in the face of unending uncertainty. Many are holding on by their fingernails, desperate for signs of an economic recovery that will help them provide for themselves, their employees, their customers and their communities.
When President Obama came into office in 2009, the economy was in freefall and though untested, he inspired us with his promise of hope and change. Now, four years later, we have little reason to believe he can turn things around.
So while we endorsed Obama in 2008, we recommend voters choose Republican Mitt Romney on Nov. 6.
What all of these endorsement-switchers have in common is perfect harmony with the message Clint Eastwood delivered at the Republican National Convention: Obama’s a nice guy, there are things he did that the left-leaning editors applaud, but he’s just not getting the job done, and it’s time to let him go. The Sun-Sentinel gives Obama a lot of credit for good intentions in areas like health care, but regrets his deeply flawed execution.
And while they’ve got bones to pick with Romney over his occasional appeals to “social conservatives and immigration extremists,” they applaud his past performance as a businessman, governor of Massachusetts, and rescuer of the Salt Lake City Olympics.
Interestingly, the Sun-Sentinel editors profess themselves to be particularly impressed by Romney’s performance in the third presidential debate – the one Obama apologists have most desperately tried to claim as a win for the incumbent. They definitely embrace the case he made at that debate about the relationship between economic strength at home and the projection of American influence abroad:
The greatest threat to our national defense is not the size of our military, but the ever-escalating size of our national debt. We must get government spending under control, across the board.
President Obama is a decent man who took office with the nation facing an economic precipice. But even he predicted he would be a one-term president if he failed to turn things around.
We believe the best chance to get America back working again is to elect Mitt Romney. That???s why we endorse him for president.
The big story thread you can see running through these endorsements of Romney by Obama supporters from 2008 is the almost complete acceptance of Romney’s campaign themes. These editors haven’t given up on any of the left-leaning positions they held in ’08, and they clearly hear what Obama and his team are saying about all those divisive social issues. But the din of Team Obama hammering wedges into the American electorate just isn’t drowning out Romney’s message about the economy.
Update: My apologies for mangling the name of the paper – it is correctly known as the “South Florida Sun-Sentinel.” I have corrected the reference.