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"While this is only one endorsement it stands out because Romney is so popular in Utah, and Utah is so likely to vote for Romney. The Salt Lake Tribune appears to have taken a significant leap of faith in it's editorial independence by saying that, "Obama has earned another term."

President Barack Obama on the campaign trail in Houston, Texas, 03/06/12. (photo: Luke Sharrett/NYT)
President Barack Obama on the campaign trail in Houston, Texas, 03/06/12. (photo: Luke Sharrett/NYT)



Utah's Largest Paper Endorses Obama

By Salt Lake City Tribune

21 October 12

 

owhere has Mitt Romney's pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee's political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

But it was Romney's singular role in rescuing Utah's organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State's favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party's shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party's radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney's next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.

If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, "is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.

And what of the president Romney would replace? For four years, President Barack Obama has attempted, with varying degrees of success, to pull the nation out of its worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a deepening crisis he inherited the day he took office.

In the first months of his presidency, Obama acted decisively to stimulate the economy. His leadership was essential to passage of the badly needed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Though Republicans criticize the stimulus for failing to create jobs, it clearly helped stop the hemorrhaging of public sector jobs. The Utah Legislature used hundreds of millions in stimulus funds to plug holes in the state's budget.

The president also acted wisely to bail out the auto industry, which has since come roaring back. Romney, in so many words, said the carmakers should sink if they can't swim.

Obama's most noteworthy achievement, passage of his signature Affordable Care Act, also proved, in its timing, his greatest blunder. The set of comprehensive health insurance reforms aimed at extending health care coverage to all Americans was signed 14 months into his term after a ferocious fight in Congress that sapped the new president's political capital and destroyed any chance for bipartisan cooperation on the shredded economy.

Obama's foreign policy record is perhaps his strongest suit, especially compared to Romney's bellicose posture toward Russia and China and his inflammatory rhetoric regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program. Obama's measured reliance on tough economic embargoes to bring Iran to heel, and his equally measured disengagement from the war in Afghanistan, are examples of a nuanced approach to international affairs. The glaring exception, still unfolding, was the administration's failure to protect the lives of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, and to quickly come clean about it.

In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney's domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

 

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+22 # df312 2012-10-21 07:43
A seemingly nice step for the SLTrib, but they continue to endorse Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, Jason Chaffetz, and Governor Herbert. All opponents of an Obama administration. The Trib calls itself "Utah's Independent Voice" but still puts church news on the front page above the fold at times and supports the most backward candidates for office. The Obama support is a ploy, as the state will surely vote Republican as always.
 
 
+26 # Independentgal 2012-10-21 09:35
Despite the fact that Utah certainly will go for Romney, I don't think it was cynicism that prompted the SL paper to endorse Obama. Could ii be that they honestly think Obama the best choice? Or perhaps know something about Romney that the country should but doesn't -- other than his probably having committed income tax evasion? The editorial really puts things in very good perspective.
 
 
+5 # NOMINAE 2012-10-21 19:19
@ df312

Aren't we focusing on the clouds here instead of enjoying a huge ray of sunshine from the absolutely *least* likely place on Earth ?

I don't think that anyone read this article to mean that Utah is no longer Utah. The article in no way insinuates that Utah is now New York State in the Desert.

If one is out on a ranch in prairie country during Spring, the land is covered with both wildflowers and horseh*t. One may choose to shove one's nose into either one, because both are there. Both are expected to be there.

Who *expected* an Obama endorsement from the SLTribune ?

My choice would be to enjoy an amazing little victory regardless of the source.

This is really quite good. The fact that a Mormon candidate for President can't draw the endorsement of a major newspaper in the seat of Mormon Salt Lake City ?

The "sting" for the Romney camp has to be all the greater *because* of all that you mention above. A paper that endorses Hatch, et al, and will NOT endorse Romney ?

How can anyone *fail* to enjoy that ?!?
 
 
+33 # tswhiskers 2012-10-21 08:21
I am impressed that a Utah paper would decide not to support a native son and endorse what it feels is the better candidate. df312 is probably correct that the state will probably vote Republican. Nevertheless, I find it heartening that in this day of superpartisansh ip, a Utah publication will lay out Romney's history honestly and call him on it. If only some more Republicans could bring themselves to be half as honest in print and public as I've heard they are in private, about political and economic issues we might be moving toward the rebirth of the 2 party system as it was meant to function sans Norquist,Rove and obscenely big money.
 
 
+22 # Citizen Mike 2012-10-21 08:42
Ah, at last a whiff of fresh air!
 
 
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-21 17:35
From Utah??? One could hope this would actually revive people's intelligence
 
 
+27 # genierae 2012-10-21 09:14
I think that many traditional Republicans are aghast at the thought of a Romney presidency. I'm thinking of moderates such as Chuck Hagel and George Voinovich, who left the Senate because of the extremists in their party. They are conservative, but unlike the right-wingers they are not viciously against Obama, and it may be that many of them will go into the voting booth and choose to give him another term.
 
 
+19 # reiverpacific 2012-10-21 10:54
Actually and timely enough re' this article, I just had an email from my old direct boss in a large Boise, Idaho-based engineering corporation in the early 1980's reconnecting with me (to my surprise and delight), a Mormon of the more open-minded kind now living in Sandy Ut, who after much back and forth on many subjects, confessed without me asking (I was rather avoiding the subject as I figgered he'd be an R'-man), that he would NOT be voting for Twit, which left me gobsmacked for a spell, then gratified.
Just thought I'd share that.
It pays to stay open minded, what?!
And don't forget the excellent Rocky Anderson!
 
 
-5 # indian weaver 2012-10-21 12:06
Yep, my heart and spirit told me to vote for Rocky Anderson and I did already. I know all the "rational" arguments not to vote for other party candidates. No matter, I've given up on both obama and romney. Neither will be any good, maybe difference of degree but both are no good. I lost faith in the government anyhow back in the early 70s during Viet Nam. Here in Colorado, we have 16 candidates for president on the ballot, and line 17 is for a write-in. In a democratic system or parliamentary system, all 16 would have national recognition. As it is, maybe 5-6 (at most) are possibly visible on the national stage. No wonder the UN Commission on Human Rights issued a report condemning the non-democratic 2-party electoral college system we have. I have not seen any coverage of that report since it was issued. I assume that obama paid off the UN to squash it. Sure, the SLC paper supports Obama. So what? Why don't they get behind Rocky Anderson who was mayor of SLC? He's a good person, unlike Obama, and also Utahn.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-21 17:37
Hoping that if women are permitted to vote, their children, that votes will be showing that perhaps there are smart Republicans.
 
 
+10 # fredboy 2012-10-21 13:28
Bravo. Remarkable clarity, visionv and courage.
 
 
+15 # Corvette-Bob 2012-10-21 14:50
Nobody in American history has conducted a campaign like Mitt Romney. He has dragged the political process into the Abyss which we may never recover. Truth and facts have no place in the campaign. Say anything and say something different in the afternoon of the same day. It does not seem to matter to people and all politicans are observing that there are no consequences to his behavior. We have really distroyed the value of communications and the meaning of words have become meaningless. It is form over substance. It is like we have entered the twilight zone.
 
 
+12 # popeye47 2012-10-21 16:42
Romney the favorite son of Utah is not endorsed by the Salt Lake City Tribune. The world will surely end. If your fellow Mormons don't trust you, how do you expect us non- believers to believe you.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-21 17:43
Trust no one!

I can only hope that intelligence is at the Polls come Nov 6. We need to send a message, not a third party nonsense vote, we need to let whatever is left of the GOP that under this siege of mutants they are OUT.

Utah..what about those Olympics were good?
Clothes not made in America. Thanks, How much of your souvenirs were also China Nittens idea? You were what some skiing, skating olympics not the OLYMPICS...that is why he bought into them. Chinese Olyimpics is what it was, nothing more, nothing less. You allowed him to sell out more American Jobs. Don't Moromons work for a living or are they all Chinese owned?
Sorry your newspaper still blacksout news.You are not telling the voters the horror stories like GOP' destroying voter registation forms, Romney still not showing his taxes...why not Does Mormons and Utah promote tax evasion, China investing?

Who buys your paper?
 
 
+4 # jsheats 2012-10-21 19:58
Criticisms of Utah politics or the newspaper itself (for not having retracted its support for other conservatives) misses the point. What this illustrates is just how incredibly, extraordinarily dishonest Romney is: to the point that he loses the support (for just that reason) of even a conservative newspaper in a conservative state. A sorry state of affairs in the exceptional (exceptionally ignorant, that is) U.S.
 
 
+4 # tclose 2012-10-22 04:34
An amazing editorial. The SLC Trib has thoughtfully and eloquently laid out the case against Romney. Even though to some degree a favorite son.

This should be emailed to everyone's relative who is leaning Republican.
 
 
+2 # Utahtex 2012-10-22 12:12
Many of you have some misconceptions about Utah generally and Salt Lake City in particular. Utah as a whole is approximately 70% Mormon. Salt Lake City however, is only about 50% Mormon. The majority of the Democrats in the Utah legislature are from the Salt Lake Valley. Of course, since the Utah Legislature is at least 75% Republican, those Salt Lake City Democrats don't make much of an impact in legislation. SLC's mayor is a Democrat as are many public offices. The Salt Lake Tribune has always had a slightly more liberal tinge in this MOST Republican of states. (Liberal as in willing to see more than 1 strident side to a discussion).
Even with the Trib's endorsement of Obama, the quoted prediction for a Republican landslide for Romney is 98%. But we are changing slowly.
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2012-10-23 17:24
Quoting Utahtex:
Many of you have some misconceptions about Utah generally and Salt Lake City in particular. Utah as a whole is approximately 70% Mormon. Salt Lake City however, is only about 50% Mormon. The majority of the Democrats in the Utah legislature are from the Salt Lake Valley. Of course, since the Utah Legislature is at least 75% Republican, those Salt Lake City Democrats don't make much of an impact in legislation. SLC's mayor is a Democrat as are many public offices. The Salt Lake Tribune has always had a slightly more liberal tinge in this MOST Republican of states. (Liberal as in willing to see more than 1 strident side to a discussion).
Even with the Trib's endorsement of Obama, the quoted prediction for a Republican landslide for Romney is 98%. But we are changing slowly.

I for one, appreciate information like this from a source in situ and will store it away in my rapidly-fading memory banks. Many thanks "Utahtex".
 

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