…Romney.

A comment on a recent media criticism post asked about this coming endorsement.  It got us thinking about the Dispatch and endorsements.

We don’t have any inside information about the Romney endorsement.  It’s just that some things — like the Big Ten underachieving in the Rose Bowl, the swallows returning to Springfield, or an M. Night Shyamalan movie having a “twist” – happen with such regularity that you begin to rely on them.

Any day now, the Columbus Dispatch will polish up its veneer of objectivity, clear its throat, and announce that the paper has, after deep thought, contemplation, and perhaps fasting, endorsed the Republican running for President.

Just like it has done every four years since 1920.

That’s right.  The paper that claims to be Ohio’s “greatest” newspaper has not found a reason to endorse a Democrat for president for twenty-three straight elections.  The last Democrat endorsed by the Dispatch was Woodrow Wilson for re-election in 1916.

Should you trust that judgment?

In 1928 and again in 1932, the Dispatch endorsed Herbert Hoover.  Hoover led us into the Great Depression by signing a disastrous tariff act, and then resisted relief for the unemployed living in shanty towns known as Hoovervilles.

In 1960, 1968, and 1972 the Dispatch endorsed Richard Nixon.  We all know how THAT ended.  Probably the only thing that kept Nixon out of jail was was a pardon from the 1976 recipient of the Dispatch endorsement, Gerald Ford.

In 2000 and again in 2004, the Dispatch endorsed George W. Bush.  Bush proceeded to lead the country into a disastrous war in Iraq.  Bush also turned a budget surplus into a record budget deficit and left office with the country in the middle of a worst economic crisis since Hoover was President.

Of course, it’s not just the men who received endorsements.   The Dispatch never endorsed FDR, despite having four chances to do so.  All FDR did was win a world war and get us through the Great Depression.  The Dispatch also never endorsed Harry Truman or Lyndon Johnson, two presidents committed to the expansion of civil rights.

And don’t forget when the Dispatch cites the deficits under Obama in its endorsement of Romney that the paper never endorsed Bill Clinton.  All Clinton did was balance the budget.

Keep this in mind as the paper struggles to keep editorial choices from affecting the news coverage.

[Correction:  The orignal version of this post erroneously included Barry Goldwater along with Harry Truman as two Presidents committed to the expansion of civil rights.  It should have read Lyndon Johnson.  We made the correction and regret the error.]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.irby.96 Mark Irby

    I don’t recall Barry Goldwater being POTUS.

  • Lorraine

    By “Barry Goldwater” did you mean “Lyndon Johnson”?

  • myintx

    I don’t care who newspapers endorse. Most endorse the liberal candidate anyway. I look at Facts, and almost every economic indicator is the same or worse than when Obama took
    office (Unemployment (the same), U6 unemployment (worse), # of people in
    poverty (worse), # of people on food stamps (worse), median household income
    (down $4,300), etc). The economy has NOT even turned a corner. Obama doesn’t deserve 4 more years.

  • westparkguy

    What state do you live in because it’s sure not Ohio.

    Newspapers here rarely support true liberal candidates. Mostly they endorse unqualified buffoons like Kasich and Portman.

    I’ll take 31 months of private sector job growth vs losing 800,000 jobs a month.

  • NutSpark

    Sure, Clinton balanced the budget and led us into the greatest period of prosperity since the baby boom, but what did any of the other Democrat Presidents do for us? Such no names as FDR (who the Dispatch chose the Republican candidate over 4 times!), Truman, and JFK.

  • rhetorical

    How is median income the president’s fault? What responsibility rests with “job creators” more than the crap wages they pay? Considering how 93% of the recovery went to the already wealthy, is stat proves trickle down economics is a fantasy.

  • myintx

    The number of jobs ‘created’ hasn’t even kept up with the number of people entering the workforce. That is why unemployment is the SAME as it was 4 years ago.. And, U6 unemployment (which includes under-employed and people who have quit looking for a job) is UP from 4 years ago. That’s not an improvement, AT ALL. And what about the number of people in poverty and the number of people on food stamps – those numbers are WORSE. Nothing has improved.

  • DublinIrishBob

    They will no doubt make their Romney endorsement a front-page item. It won’t have any platitudes for Obama, such as giving him credit for killing Bin Laden. I think they will just go full throttle and proceed with their overwhelming negativity, blaming Obama for anything that ails our nation. They will tout Romney’s achievements, including his health care plan while governor of Massachusetts. That alone will be comical.

    As I remember, they endorsed GW Bush while admitting some of his faults. The Dispatch has become a window into right-wing thinking, proclaiming no matter what happens, things will be better with the eradication of the Democratic Party. They are a dinosaur, but we all know what happened to the dinosaurs. Unless you deny evolution, of course.

  • westparkguy

    Hmmmm. Now why would all these people be on food stamps and in poverty in the first place? It because of Bush’s disastrous economic polices that caused 800,000 jobs a month to be lost.

    Here is a something nice from Gallup today. Notice the trend line down? That would be the unemployment rate.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/158060/unadjusted-unemployment-mid-october.aspx

    Please go pout some place else.

  • myintx

    It’s the president’s (and his administration’s) responsiblity to implement policies to improve the economy so that new and better paying jobs are CREATED. Most of the jobs that are created these days are minimum wage and/or part-time jobs. Developing the Keystone pipline as Romney wants to do is one example of a way to bring more higher paying jobs to this country..
    Romney/Ryan 2012

  • xx

    The sooner the dispatch goes under the better.

  • athenap

    I assume you’re calling John Boehner about this on a weekly basis and asking why neither he nor ANY GOP has voted the *multiple* jobs bills Obama’s put forth? And I assume you’re on the case with the owners of Wal-Mart and other big-box stores whose employee wages are so low as to force their employees to go on food stamps and whose employee benefits are so nonexistent as to require their employees to apply for Medicaid?

    And don’t forget Mitch McConnell who, in spite of being elected to, y’know, *govern* has considered his “job” for the last 4 years to be nothing more or less than defeating every effort put forth by the Obama administration on anything.

  • myintx

    There are jobs bills from the Republicans on Harry Reid’s desk too.
    Also, the 2010 midterm elections, historic landslide
    victories for the GOP, were a referendum on Obama’s failures (e.g. Obamacare
    and the failed stimulus). It is
    Obama who lacked the skills and charisma necessary to convince Republicans and
    Democrats to work together (some people call that LEADERSHIP). Instead of a leader, we get grandstanding
    with Obama saying he won’t work with Republicans unless they raise taxes on the
    rich.. Romney managed to work with BOTH parties to get his healthcare bill passed. He is a PROVEN leader.
    Time for the RIGHT change in Washington.
    Romney/Ryan 2012.

  • westparkguy

    I am starting to wonder who the Plain Dealer in Cleveland is going to endorse. They have pretty much endorsed someone from every race except for President. Maybe the editorial board is having some dissension in the ranks.

    In 2008 they endorsed President Obama so I’m curious if they think Romney is going to be a better choice.

  • DublinIrishBob

    Romney was lucky that the Dems in Massachusetts did not gather the week he took office to plot against him. I’m tired of people saying President Obama did not reach out or work with the GOP when they had absolutely no intention of working with him. If President Obama wanted to gut Social Security, the GOP would have fought him.

  • Doctor Claw

    Only there’s no such thing as the “liberal media”. Maybe sites like Plunderbund… but the mainstream media is not “liberal”. Keep on pushing that myth, though.

  • DMoore

    Hmmm. Let’s see now. Bush wasn’t even given a cameo role in the republican convention, and has not been asked to campaign on behalf of a single republican since he left office. So his own party considers him a pariah. This is the doing of the “liberal media?” C’mon man.

  • DMoore

    These are all republican talking points. What about Mitt Romney’s dismal job creation record in Mass. That’s a matter of record. So if you think a governor or president’s role is “to implement policies to improve the economy so that new and better paying jobs are CREATED,” then Mitt ain’t the guy.

  • myintx

    Great.. can’t defend Obama, so you pull the Bush card.. Bush isn’t running. Romney isnt Bush. get over it.

  • myintx

    Guess Candy isn’t liberal either.. She sided with Obama during the debate. At least she admitted she was WRONG the next day though.

  • myintx

    Romney did not have a dismal job creation record. I FACT CHECKED it: Massachusetts’ state
    ranking for job growth went from 50th the year before he took office, to 28th
    in his final year. It was 47th for the whole of his four-year tenure, but it
    was improving, not declining, when he left.

    AND while
    Romney was in office, the unemployment rate in Massachusetts fell from 5.6
    percent to 4.7 percent. In contrast, the national unemployment rate under Obama
    has not gone below what it was when he took office (fail).

  • H G

    I’ll take what a proven businessman like Romney can offer and that is actual net job growth. We haven’t even recovered the 8 million jobs lost since Jan. 2009. For every single person who has entered the work force since Jan 2009, 10 have found the exit. If everyone who was in the job market then was still in today, unemployment would be 10.7%. President Obama’s policies are failing us by stifling economic activity and growing the deficit exorbitantly.

  • H G

    Gov’t jobs aren’t the solution. There are already too many of them. We need private sector jobs and the President’s policies are obstructing rather than encouraging.

  • athenap

    Government jobs are jobs just like any other jobs…they put people to work. And quite frankly, the 2010 GOP ran on a platform claiming “JOBS JOBS JOBS” and as soon as they get into office, what comes up? Repealing the ACA, diddling around with abortion and women’s issues, picking their noses and clutching their pearls over the joke of “religious freedom.” So no. You want private sector jobs, give people better wages so they have more money to buy the stuff businesses want to make.

    If you can’t tune your business to whatever the government throws your way, then how could you possibly be nimble enough to turn with the markets?

  • athenap

    Not sure what planet you’ve been visiting the last 4 years, but the man bent over backwards to accommodate the GOP. Obamacare is Romneycare, and contains most of what your Saint Ronnie proposed back in the day. The man proposed *republican* solutions, and the Teaparty shat all over them simply because they were so damn butthurt over his very presence in the White House.

    You don’t call it “Leadership” when a mother gives into a three year old pitching a fit in the grocery store, and those of us who paid attention saw the Tea/GOP doing exactly that. My kids are better behaved than that voting bloc of supposedly grown adults.

  • athenap

    There’s so much FAIL in that it’s hard to know where to begin. When you want to buy a house, you visit an expert on obtaining loans for that house. That expert then gives you advice on how much house you can afford based on formulas that take into account your income, expenses, property values, etc. Most people, when they ask an expert on *anything* tend to assume that expert gives them reasonably accurate advice *in good faith.* Only what’s been happening for a LOT of people was that their trained experts…were lying to them. The mortgage industry made big bucks on lying to people and obfuscating loan terms, solvency, and other critical information that, had they been honest, would have prevented a portion of defaults.

    The rest came from companies like your friend Rmoney’s company, Bain Capital, looting American companies, shipping people’s jobs overseas, and laying them off. An unexpected job loss can and did happen to anyone. Add to that the *numerous* documented cases of the mortgage-holding banks *actively* derailing decent peoples’ attempts to keep up with their mortgages or sell their houses to prevent default, and you get a *shitstorm* of foreclosures and a plummeting housing market that would have been fine had the people who should know better played by the rules.

    But feel free to keep blaming this mythical “librul media” I keep hearing about. Christ, I’ve seen unicorns more frequently than I’ve seen liberal media.

  • athenap

    So…how’d that work out for Bush’s grand tax cuts? Ten years out, these “job creators” still haven’t shown up with the jobs. Tell your Rmoney to put his money where his mouth is and quit shipping his own company’s jobs over to China. Sorry, but I can’t trust a guy who makes his money by firing people. And honestly, if you think he sees you as anything but a number on a spreadsheet or part of the furniture…it’s a comfy dreamworld you live in.

  • myintx

    Last I heard, Obama is grandstanding and saying he won’t work with Republicans unless they agree to raise taxes on the rich. Sounds childish to me.
    And, Obamacare is NOT Romneycare. Romneycare is about 80 pages, Obamacare is well over 2700. Romney got BI-PARTISAN support for Romneycare, Obama did NOT. Obamacare has 21 taxes in it. Obamacare does NOT.

  • myintx

    FYI: Romney does NOT work for Bain anymore. From FACTCHECK – we found no evidence to support the claim that Romney — while he was still running Bain Capital — shipped American jobs overseas

    http://factcheck. org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/

    BUT, Obama gave stimulus money to a solar company to manufacture solar panels in Mexico. Also, Obama gave GE and GM a 0% tax rate and they are the masters of outsourcing! You mad at Obama now?

    FYI: When Romney was at Bain, his job was to save companies (like Staples, Burger King, etc) from Bankruptcy. He was quite successful. As opposed to Obama’s attempt to create green jobs (e.g. Solyndra!)

  • myintx

    Again… Regarding Outsourcing- From FACTCHECK – we found no evidence to support the claim that Romney — while he was still running Bain Capital — shipped American jobs overseas. Romney doesn’t work for Bain anymore.

    http://factcheck. org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/

    BUT, Obama gave stimulus money to a solar company to manufacture solar panels in Mexico. Also, Obama gave GE and GM a 0% tax rate and they are the masters of outsourcing! You mad at Obama now?
    Romney wants to do other things other than tax cuts (e.g. approve Keystone pipelline. open new markets to America’s goods, etc) to help create jobs. I’ve seen more detailed plans from him for a REAL change than I have from Obama.
    Romney/Ryan 2012

  • blue galangal

    Mr. Romney, it turns out, doesn’t have a plan; he’s just faking it. In saying that, I don’t mean that I disagree with his economic philosophy; I do, but that’s a separate point. I mean, instead, that Mr. Romney’s campaign is telling lies: claiming that its numbers add up when they don’t, claiming that independent studies support its position when those studies do no such thing…
    As many people have noted, the plan has five points but contains no specifics. Loosely speaking, however, it calls for a return to Bushonomics: tax cuts for the wealthy plus weaker environmental protection. And Mr. Romney says that the plan would create 12 million jobs over the next four years.
    Where does that number come from? When pressed, the campaign cited three studies that it claimed supported its assertions. In fact, however, those studies did no such thing…
    So when the campaign says that these three studies support its claims about jobs, it is, to use the technical term, lying — just as it is when it says that six independent studies support its claims about taxes (they don’t).
    What do Mr. Romney’s economic advisers actually believe? As best as I can tell, they’re placing their faith in the confidence fairy, in the belief that their candidate’s victory would inspire an employment boom without the need for any real change in policy. In fact, in his infamous Boca Raton “47 percent” remarks, Mr. Romney himself asserted that he would give a big boost to the economy simply by being elected, “without actually doing anything.” And what about the overwhelming evidence that our weak economy isn’t about confidence, it’s about the hangover from a terrible financial crisis? Never mind.
    To summarize, then, the true Romney plan is to create an economic boom through the sheer power of Mr. Romney’s personal awesomeness. But the campaign doesn’t dare say that, for fear that voters would (rightly) consider it ridiculous.So what we’re getting instead is an attempt to brazen it out with nakedly false claims. There’s no jobs plan; just a plan for a snow job on the American people.

  • blue galangal

    Mr. Romney, it turns out, doesn’t have a plan; he’s just faking it. …Mr. Romney’s campaign is telling lies: claiming that its numbers add up when they don’t, claiming that independent studies support its position when those studies do no such thing…
    As many people have noted, the plan has five points but contains no specifics. Loosely speaking, however, it calls for a return to Bushonomics: tax cuts for the wealthy plus weaker environmental protection. And Mr. Romney says that the plan would create 12 million jobs over the next four years.
    Where does that number come from? When pressed, the campaign cited three studies that it claimed supported its assertions. In fact, however, those studies did no such thing…
    So when the campaign says that these three studies support its claims about jobs, it is, to use the technical term, lying — just as it is when it says that six independent studies support its claims about taxes (they don’t).
    What do Mr. Romney’s economic advisers actually believe? As best as I can tell, they’re placing their faith in the confidence fairy, in the belief that their candidate’s victory would inspire an employment boom without the need for any real change in policy. In fact, in his infamous Boca Raton “47 percent” remarks, Mr. Romney himself asserted that he would give a big boost to the economy simply by being elected, “without actually doing anything.” And what about the overwhelming evidence that our weak economy isn’t about confidence, it’s about the hangover from a terrible financial crisis? Never mind.
    To summarize, then, the true Romney plan is to create an economic boom through the sheer power of Mr. Romney’s personal awesomeness. But the campaign doesn’t dare say that, for fear that voters would (rightly) consider it ridiculous.So what we’re getting instead is an attempt to brazen it out with nakedly false claims. There’s no jobs plan; just a plan for a snow job on the American people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brucekettelle Bruce Kettelle

    Governor Romney wants to cut taxes by 5 trillion over ten years. He says he will pay for it by removing some tax deductions. The total of all IRS deductions amounts to 2 trillion over ten years. That leaves 3 trillion of new debt on the table in addition to the 8 trillion of new debt already projected before his “cuts”. No wonder Romney doesn’t want to talk about the details. Romney’s plan will actually double the national debt again. Why are people cheering?

  • Ann Smith

    Who the media endorses means nothing – they’ve had a liberal bias for years. I am happy to hear that the Columbus Dispatch has endorsed soon-to-be President Romney, especially considering this is the capitol city and Ohio is crucial to this election. Romney/Ryan 2012

  • westparkguy

    The Plain Dealer has a “liberal bias”? Ann, just put down the wine glass and go to sleep.

  • http://twitter.com/beardedone3 Stephen Beard

    I don’t think so. The Dispatch news sections are pretty good — once you get past the stories about car crashes, armed robberies, and dysfunctional families — and Joe Halleck is a hell of a good political reporter and columnist. I could do with a lot less of Jonah Goldberg, Thomas Sowell, Michael Barone, and increasingly, George Will on the op-ed pages, though.

  • http://twitter.com/beardedone3 Stephen Beard

    But not so much Mandel.

  • http://twitter.com/beardedone3 Stephen Beard

    What liberal media? If Bush was made out to be the fall guy, it’s because he was asleep at the wheel as the economy was falling apart around us all.

  • myintx

    Weren’t the Democrats in control of the house/senate when that was happening (e.g. the last 2 years of his administration) ;)

    AND, you can’t deny the liberal bias of the media. The were all over Bush Sr’s broken ‘no new taxes’ promise, but not a peep from them about Obama breaking the same promise with Obamacare:

    “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,”

    President Obama, September 12, 2008 (regarding Obamacare). Obamacare ended up
    having 21 taxes in it – most of which affect the middle class (e.g. medical device tax, lower HSA/FSA Limits, etc)
    The Benghazi cover-up is another fine example of the media bias. lots more examples too if you need a reminder.

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