Over 30 major newspapers that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 have decided to spurn him and plump for Mitt Romney instead. They included the New York Daily News, the Nashville Tennessean, the Des Moines Register, and the Orlando Sentinel. The two latest defectors are the Albuquerque Journal and the Wisconsin State Journal, the latter published in that bastion of liberalism, Madison, Wis. It zinged Obama for delivering “not enough hope and too little change.”
Newspaper endorsements don’t mean as much as they used to, but they are still coveted and can influence older voters and independents. The fact that so many have decided the incumbent president needs to be fired is yet another example of elite liberal disillusionment with the past four years.