Do newspaper endorsements mean what they used to? Maybe not. But Mitt Romney has over one hundred of them, which is an impressive feat for a Republican. However, Romney's ability to convert editorial board's away from their decisions to endorse President Obama four years ago is truly impressive.
To date, twenty-eight large newspapers have decided to drop their endorsement record with President Obama and put their chips all in on Romney. The blunt explanations for their decisions often gives way to some blistering critiques of the president, leaving the reader no doubt why these papers lost their faith over the last four years.
According to Editor & Publisher, Republican Mitt Romney is stunning the newspaper world, earning 112 endorsements from editorial boards around the country compared to the President's 84. Most large market newspapers like the The New York Times and The Washington Post have stuck with Obama, but have ran less than glowing assessments of his accomplishments. So while a newspaper endorsement may not mean what it once did, these conversions could be telling of a national trend.
“ The economy is growing at an unacceptably anemic rate”
"It verges on magical thinking to expect Obama to get different results in the next four years."
"More pointedly, we are disappointed in the tone of Obama’s relentless insinuations that wealthy Americans refuse to pay their fair share. That tone is divisive and damaging for the nation and for our economy. It creates villains and victims, and unfairly so."
-- The Daily Herald, Chicago
" The president has shown little understanding of how his failures are affecting the nation, and he hasn’t offered any tangible proposals to change course."
“Obama’s signature achievement was confusing and ill-timed. The byzantine Affordable Care Act worsened uncertainty for business during a recession and will compound the costs of workplace benefits for four out of five working-age Americans.”
"Nationally, the one thing that is needed above anything else is job creation. Yet, the president’s economic proposal is to raise taxes on the job-creating class. Why ever would you raise taxes on anyone when real unemployment is around 15 percent? That defies all economic theories. Let’s face it: Romney is more of a businessman than a politician. You can resent his wealth all you want, but he has a proven record as a turnaround artist."
--The Daily Tribune, Royal Oak, MI
"As Texans, it is a particular vexation that this president's attitude toward the interests of our state has occasionally bordered on contempt, particularly in decisions relating to the NASA budget and the energy sector."
“President Obama’s steps to get spending under control and reduce the debt are too tentative, and again hark back to his inability to possess the leadership to break the partisan gridlock in Congress.”
"Instead of taking charge in Washington, Obama has shown unwillingness to take even the most basic step in presidential leadership: picking up the Oval Office phone to bring his influence to bear on reluctant representatives and senators."
"Romney is an agent of change whose primary campaign thrust has been the economy and his plans and qualifications to improve it."
"But today, rather than articulate a compelling vision for growth, the president falls back on the tired talking point of increasing taxes for the wealthy."
-- Sun Sentinel Fort Lauderdale, FL
“The president laments congressional gridlock that fomented under the inflammatory leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid. The president’s deference to their reckless rhetoric further deepened congressional divide."
"Four years ago, the editorial board's willingness to change horses in the middle of a churning river led us to call for voters to break the Republican hold on the White House and try a Democrat with a fresh spark. Today, it leads the editorial board to urge voters to say "enough" to a Democratic administration whose sincere best has turned out disappointing, and install a seasoned leader with a record of fixing problems."
“Four years ago, we recommended Barack Obama be elected. He offered himself as someone who could bridge the wide chasm between Democrats and Republicans. However, after four years, the situation has worsened.”
"Mr. Obama may have great ideas, but if he can't get them through Congress -- and there's no reason to think anything on that account will change after Nov. 6 -- they are worthless."
"Some of the warnings about Obama's lack of legislative and leadership skills have come true over the past four years. It is not worth risking the state of our economy for the next four years to see whether his learning curve really is behind him."
“Class warfare might be a successful strategy for cobbling together 270 electoral votes. But it’s not the way to unite a divided nation. The president comes to town on a Monday, takes our money, shakes our hands and tells us how much he values the CEOs and innovators of New York. And then on Tuesday, he turns around and refers to business leaders as fat cat bankers whose success was created by the sweat of others. That’s not a friend. That’s not a leader. That’s a politician.”
“Voters may well wonder if Obama even knows what it means to get spending under control.”
“Instead of following through on his hope-and-change message, Obama keeps telling us the limits of hope and change.”
"In 2008, an unproven Obama promised things would turn out differently with him in charge. "Change we can believe in" is how he put it. Four years later we realize it was all made up."
“It was the vision of hope and change that convinced us four years ago to support then-Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain. Today, there is little hope in how another four years of an Obama administration would swiftly and effectively lift our country out of its economic doldrums, and there is little change in how Washington operates.”
“Good intentions, repeated promises and lofty rhetoric are no substitute for sound economics and a foreign policy grounded in realism and strength.”
"Obama spent a year to win razor-thin passage of a divisive law that has spawned fights over expensive mandates, new taxes and infringement of religious liberties."
“It is true that in 2008 we endorsed the change promised by Obama, but the reality today is – four years later – we have little confidence Obama will be more successful managing the economy and the budget going forward. Indeed, we feel change is needed again. And we believe Romney fills that ticket.”
"Sure, funding for public broadcasting is an insignificant part of the budget, but if Obama isn’t even willing to cut one one-hundreth of 1 percent of federal spending for something that is non-vital to America, then the president is not serious about reducing spending at all.
If Obama is not serious about that, he is the wrong person for the job."
“But here’s the rub: Obama has had four years. What improvements he’s overseen are largely incremental. Instead, lectures become excuses. And the excuses wear thin. Eventually, Obama’s words, meant for Romney, blow back: Where’s the plan? Where does this White House administration see America in four years? In all of that campaigning, that plan didn’t emerge.”
-- Journal And Courier, Lafayette,IN
"This administration from day one has waged a deplorable crusade to kill coal mining jobs, and to close coal-fired power plants, through a politically motivated Environmental Protection Agency."
“Obama’s Term In The White House Has Been Quite Possibly The Most Disappointing Presidency In The History Of The United States.”
"President Obama has strong support among women and ethnic minorities, but his avowed goal of bringing together all Americans remains only a faint dream. After four years, he has run out of time."
Shawn McCoy, the Romney spokesperson for the state of Iowa, echoed many of the newspaper sentiments when asked for comment by TheBlaze. McCoy addressed the endorsement switches saying, "newspapers across this country are switching their endorsements from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney because they know we need pro-growth policies." He went on to say Romney represented "real change." McCoy has overseen perhaps the greatest newspaper endorsement success story, as Romney swept every major newspaper endorsement in the state of Iowa over the last weekend.