All across the country, newspapers are sending out their endorsements to the candidates of their choice. Last election cycle, then Senator Barack Obama recieved an overwhelming amount of endorsements compared to Senator McCain, but this time around the tides are turning. Two of the most influencial newspapers in the countries have both sided with Republican Candidate Mitt Romney. The Quad CityTimes serves two cities in eastern Iowa (Davenport and Bettendorf) and two in western Illinois (Moline and Rock Island), and they have decided to go with Mitt Romney:
We invested heavily in hope back in 2008.
Our 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney comes with an imperative for change.
The change that we’d hoped would elevate our economy wound up woefully short. The presidential gambit to place health-care reform ahead of economic recovery jeopardized both. President Barack Obama expended all of the presidential leadership on muscling through health care reform, leaving little for implementation and none for significant economic recovery. . .
The president’s green energy initiatives were intended to launch a U.S. alternative energy boom. Earlier this month, A123 Systems joined the succession of green energy firms that failed after being selected by the Obama administration for preferential grants. Beacon Power. Abound Solar. EnerDel. Solyndra. All stumbled despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants.
The president laments congressional gridlock that fomented under the inflammatory leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid. The president’s deference to their reckless rhetoric further deepened congressional divide. Obama doesn’t deserve all of the blame. But he merits little credit for any meaningful attempt to bridge the gap. . .
Our hopeful 2008 endorsement went to a promising up ’n comer over a lackluster challenger who botched his first big presidential decision by picking an unqualified running mate. Sen. John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin struck us, and apparently millions of undecided voters, as a calculated political ploy, not a credible presidential successor.
This year, the Republican ticket is led by a candidate with a proven record of moderate governance, legislative leadership and compromise. Mitt Romney arrives at the presidency with global leadership experience and a track record of turnarounds. . .
Today, we endorse a successful leader focused on economic recovery and growth and deficit reduction. We endorse a proven manager who won’t need on-the-job training. We endorse a compromiser who offers the best hope of breaking congressional gridlock.
Most of all, we endorse change.
We endorse Mitt Romney for president.
This combined with the endorsment from the most influencial newspaper in the country, The Des Moines Register, has some wondering if the swing state will swing red this go time around. You can find the entire article concerning The Des Moines Register switch on their site.
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Yep, they’re still out there. The 99% are still fighting the good fight for, well, we’ll see. Oh yeah, against the Wall Street “Man”. Lets take a look.
In Des Moines, they are protesting Romney taking donations from 40 Wells Fargo employees who contributed $49,250 to his campaign. This information comes from campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission. They also demand he return $61,500 from political action committees and individuals said to have ties to Wells Fargo. In a statement Wells Fargo said their PAC does not contribute to presidential campaigns. The protest have led to 10 arrests, all with no resistance. It’s reported that the Des Moines police said the protesters did speak to a manager at the bank allowing them to have a peaceful exchange before being arrested. OK….. Peaceful exchange before being arrested…moving on.
Occupy Oakland tried to rebuild their camp and was quickly shut down by police. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that 15 tents, makeshift kitchen and a bathroom on the city’s industrial west side taken down just as soon as they went up. According to a camp organizer, the new encampment named “Zion Cypress Triangle”, was supposed to be a drug- and alcohol-free “winter camp” and “safe haven” for homeless people and activists. Oakland, it seems, is not putting up with their garbage anymore.
Occupiers in Pasadena are further trying to help the country by protesting at the Rose Parade. Occupy forces have been negotiating with Pasadena police and Tournament of Roses officials for several weeks hoping to prevent any disruptions to the parade scheduled for Jan. 2. The Occupiers will be allowed to march on the parade route after all the official floats have passed. It should be a grand event with planned speakers including anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, and if they’re really lucky, Leftist ever-so-talented (not really) film maker and “accurate information” provider, Michael Moore. The protesters, during their march, intend to display large banners crying about wealth inequality in the United States and will unveil “floats” of their own to include a giant octopus. According to Occupy “spokesman” Pete Thottam, the octopus will be made out of recycled bags and stretch 40 feet from tentacle to tentacle. He said it will represent the stranglehold that Wall Street has on the political process. Protesting the Rose Parade will no doubt have a profound impact on the political process.
Sorry Rose Parade protesters, you have been beaten buy the OG Occupiers in New York. Photo: Channels.com
There you have it. The 99% update. Anyone still care?
In the continual march of “inevitability”, Mitt Romney picks up another big name endorsement. Sometime today, Senator John Thune (R-SD) is expected to announce his support of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The following excerpt is from DesMoinesRegister.com.
“Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life in the private sector, as leader of the Olympics, as governor, and in this campaign that he will not back down from difficult challenges. His plans to revitalize the private sector and restore our country’s fiscal health are drawn from his 25 year career as a conservative businessman.” -Sen John Thune
Is Mitt the “inevitable” candidate? Or do these endorsements, ultimately, amount to nothing? Let us know what you think in the comments below.