Two endorsements that were of particular note at the tail end of the election came from Iowa’s Des Moines Register and the New York Daily News. In 2008, both of them backed then-Sen. Obama for election only to turn around and root against him this year. Each paper endorsed Mitt Romney.
Both of them have editorials today regarding last night’s election, which didn’t go the way they’d hoped.
Des Moines Register: “The challenge for the president will be to appeal to the better angels of both parties’ nature to think of the greater good of the nation. They must resist the likes of Grover Norquist who demands no new taxes, as well as groups such as AARP that will accept no reductions in entitlement benefits.
“The first task for President Obama is to use what Teddy Roosevelt referred to as the president’s ‘bully pulpit’ to rally the nation behind him in persuading Congress to put aside petty partisan grudges and to go to work toward solving the issues that are critical for the future of this nation.”
Daily News: “This is the moment when Obama must show all the audaciousness for which he is rightly known.
“As President, he will bear the onus for breaking the stalemate with his Republican opposition by, for example, advancing tax and immigration reforms that are built to create jobs even if they depart from strict Democratic orthodoxy.
“He has nothing to lose and everything to gain: rising popularity as his power inevitably ebbs, a more centrist Democratic Party and a legacy as President who put tens of millions of Americans back to work.”