San Jose Mercury endorses Obama

This is a nice endorsement to have.  The SJM is not only a paper read by a very large number of Hispanics, it is also a paper with considerable respect among progressives for having covered stories other mainstream sources have ducked.  

And every little bit helps in California as he chips away at Clinton's lead.

From the editorial:

What tips the scales in Obama's favor is the freshness of his approach and the lack of political baggage he would bring to the White House.

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Obama would dramatically change the nation's approach to foreign policy and domestic issues. While the substance might not differ substantially from Clinton's in many areas, he would have more cross-over appeal to independents and Republicans, whose support will be needed to bring about significant change.

Obama is the only candidate who opposed the Iraq war from the outset. His ethnic background and his upbringing give him a unique world view. He has the best chance to change how the world looks at the United States and restore the respect it has squandered during the past eight years.

While Clinton has a deep understanding of health care issues, her failed attempt to reform the system during her husband's first term dogs her steps. She chose experts with similar views and did not broadly engage stakeholders, which made her end result easy to shoot down. Obama can start fresh, and seems to understand the urgency.

He also brings a solid approach to the issues of climate change, education, election reform and stem cell research.

The nagging doubt about Obama is his lack of experience. He has worked hard to prepare for the White House, and it's not clear another six years in the Senate would necessarily make him a better president. Ronald Reagan showed that the most effective presidents have clear vision, good judgment and the ability to spur change.

For Obama, the important thing will be surrounding himself with intelligent and experienced advisers with a range of viewpoints and no reluctance to disagree with him. Abraham Lincoln's "Team of Rivals" would be the example here. Then it's a matter of deciding when to heed experience and when to follow his own instincts. Obama is smart enough to make good choices.

I'll be curious to see if this editorial reflects support in the high tech industry, which is known for its independent political streak.  

Tags: California, clinton, Endorsements, high tech industry, Hispanics, obama, Primary, San Jose Mercury, Silicon Valley (all tags)

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Re: San Jose Mercury endorses Obama

The Merc's news section has a decent reputation, from what I understand. I don't know much about their editorial board.

I'm sure Obama wouldn't have minded if they had chosen to leave out the Ronald Reagan reference, though.

by OrangeFur 2008-01-25 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: San Jose Mercury endorses Obama

Well, there's an interesting portion of the editorial where they suggest that Clinton might be preferred by high-techers because of the specifics in her program.  It's a very balanced editorial.  I cut and pasted it to my nefarious pro-Obama ends.

by Drummond 2008-01-25 03:40PM | 0 recs
Yogi Berra

said "it ain't over til its over.  Go Obama.

by Moonwood 2008-01-25 04:16PM | 0 recs
And it ain't over n/t

by Drummond 2008-01-25 04:33PM | 0 recs
San Jose Mercury News endorses Obama, plus...

these others through today:

Ames Iowa State Daily newspaper in Ames, Iowa
Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper in Atlanta, Georgia
Boston Globe newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts
Dallas Morning News newspaper in Dallas, Texas
Des Moines El Latino, Spanish-language newspaper in Des Moines, Iowa
Harvard Crimson, daily student newspaper of Harvard University
Iowa City Daily Iowan newspaper in Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper in Iowa City, Iowa
Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper in Las Vegas, Nevada
Logan Herald-Observer newspaper in Logan, Iowa
Modesto Bee newspaper in Modesto, California
Mundo Latino, Spanish language newspaper in Sioux City, Iowa
Ottumwa Courier newspaper in Ottumwa, Iowa
Pensacola News Journal newspaper in Pensacola, Florida
Reno Gazette-Journal newspaper in Reno, Nevada
Sacramento Bee newspaper in Sacramento, California
San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper in San Francisco, California
Santa Barbara Independent newspaper in Santa Barbara, California
Sioux City Journal newspaper in Sioux City, Iowa
The Boston Bay State Banner newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts
The Daily Iowan student newspaper in Iowa City, Iowa and the University of Iowa
The Gainesville Sun newspaper in Gainesville, Florida
The Greenville News newspaper in Greenville, South Carolina
The New York Observer newspaper in New York City
The Palm Beach Post newspaper in Palm Beach County, Florida
The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina
The Tampa Tribune newspaper in Tampa Bay, Florida
Tuscaloosa News newspaper in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Woodbine Twiner newspaper in Woodbine, Iowa

To contrast, here is HRC's list:

The Des Moines Register newspaper in Des Moines, Iowa
Kansas City Star newspaper in Kansas City, MIssouri
The New York Times newspaper in New York, New York
Concord Monitor newspaper in Concord, New Hampshire
Foster's Daily Democrat newspaper in Dover, New Hampshire
Laconia Citizen newspaper in Laconia, New Hampshire
Keene Sentinel newspaper in Keene, New Hampshire
Washington Blade, an LGBT newspaper in Washington, D.C.
Quad City Times, newspaper in the Quad Cities in Iowa
Burlington Hawk Eye newspaper in Burlington, Iowa
Plymouth Record Enterprise newspaper in Plymouth, New Hampshire
Las Vegas Sun newspaper in Las Vegas, Nevada

by mboehm 2008-01-25 05:10PM | 0 recs
At least one more

This week Obama got the endorse of another (small) SC Newspaper: The Herald, out of Rock Hill, SC.

http://www.heraldonline.com/opinions/sto ry/313508.html

Not the most important endorsement, of course, but since it is in SC, I thought I'd mention it.

by DPW 2008-01-25 06:56PM | 0 recs
Re: At least one more

Every little bit will count.

by Drummond 2008-01-25 07:36PM | 0 recs
Bring it home, Rock Hill!

What the heck is the deal with white voters in South Carolina?  Is it an anomaly or something we have to worry about in other States?

by mboehm 2008-01-25 08:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Bring it home, Rock Hill!

A lot of it has to do with Edwards and his popularity among white folks here. He gets most of the white anti-Hillary vote. And, a substantial number of southern white dems just love the Clintons (Bill is Bubba, after all).

Also, it's regional. In Charleston and Columbia, Obama does very well among white voters. In rural areas, not so much (again, they like Edwards, plus they are more conservative and a little more racist). In addition, I think Obama does well with younger white voters. Keep in mind that about 10,000 white folks showed up to see him at Oprah; and most of his rallies have substantial white attendence. Finally, Obama has gotten a number of key endorsements from prominent white politicians (former governor Jim Hodges; Former dem. party chairs Harpootlian and Joe Erwin; and Mayor Joe Riley.)

by DPW 2008-01-25 08:24PM | 0 recs
Re: San Jose Mercury News endorses Obama, plus...

Is there a webpage that keeps track of all this?

by Drummond 2008-01-25 07:36PM | 0 recs
Kemo Sabe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper_e ndorsements_in_the_United_States_preside ntial_primaries,_2008 -

and for February 5:

"Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend.  Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen."

by mboehm 2008-01-25 07:55PM | 0 recs

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