"...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."
Ouch! Along with labeling Palin a "risky choice," the paper heaped criticism on McCain saying he was the wrong choice for president at this critical time:
"Since his early acknowledgement that economic policy is not his strong suit, Sen. McCain has stumbled and fumbled badly in dealing with the accelerating crisis as it emerged. He declared that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" at 9 a.m. one day and by 11 a.m. was describing an economy in crisis. He is both a longtime advocate of less market regulation and a supporter of the huge taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailout. His behavior in this crisis -- erratic is a kind description -- shows him to be ill-equipped to lead the essential effort of reining in a runaway financial system and setting an anxious nation on course to economic recovery."
The paper praised Obama for his cool, steady hand during the economic crisis adding that he brings far more promise to the office. Among his qualifications, they cite his warning to regulators and the nation 19 months ago that the subprime lending crisis was about to collapse, his keen understanding of the mortgage meltdown's root causes, his ability to shape a solution, and his leadership to rally the country. They also point out his astute position on Iraq
McCain and Palin who've been beating the "maverick" theme into the ground, got the tables turned by the Daily News who said:
"Sen. McCain describes himself as a maverick, by which he seems to mean that he spent 25 years trying unsuccessfully to persuade his own party to follow his bipartisan, centrist lead. Sadly, maverick John McCain didn't show up for the campaign. Instead we have candidate McCain, who embraces the extreme Republican orthodoxy he once resisted and cynically asks Americans to buy for another four years."
The paper closed their endorsement by saying Obama is the only one who truly promises fundamental change in Washington, adding:
"You need look no further than the guilt-by-association lies and sound-bite distortions of the degenerating McCain campaign to see how readily he embraces the divisive, fear-mongering tactics of Karl Rove. "
It looks like the gig is up for McCain and Palin. When your hometown paper can't say something nice and goes so far as to point out your similarities to Karl Rove, you know you're in trouble. The paper's endorsement of Obama renews my faith in Alaskans.