Sunday, October 26, 2008

Alaska's Leading Newspaper Endorses Obama

John McCain keeps saying that Sarah Palin is America's most popular governor. If that was once true, it seems unlikely now.

Many thoughtful Alaskans have sized up their governor in recent weeks—and they don't see her as presidential material. Here's the editorial judgment of Alaska's largest and most important newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News:
Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.

Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.


Tulsan said...

Those Alaskans aren't so crazy after all.

As a wise contributor to AT once said, "...c'mon--at 72, tell me you wouldn't at least want the very best vice-presidential candidate to be found."

Tulsan said...

(That contributor was Savage Baptist)

Good news:

Obama and McCain are now in a "statistical dead heat" among born-again evangelicals, those Rovian foot soldiers of two successful Bush elections, according to a recent survey; and the same seems to be true in Sarah Palin's "real America," according to three recent polls.