Salt Lake City Tribune endorses Obama

That’s right, Obama. Utah, home of America’s largest Mormon community – of which Mitt Romney is one – endorses the non-Mormon Democrat, President Barack Obama. Here’s what the Salt Lake City Tribune had to say:

The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

Wait, this doesn’t sound good…

But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son.

Still looks bad for Obama. Hmm…

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

Okay, it’s coming. Whew.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”

And the Tribune swings keep coming:

Romney…is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Not only does the Tribune attack Romney, which, put simply, is easy, but they praise the President:

In the first months of his presidency, Obama acted decisively to stimulate the economy. His leadership was essential to passage of the badly needed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The president also acted wisely to bail out the auto industry, which has since come roaring back.

Obama’s foreign policy record is perhaps his strongest suit….

And then, they go in for the kill:

[W]e have watched [Romney] morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

There you have it. The Salt Lake City Tribune, who considers Mitt Romney to be a favourite son, refuses to endorse him for president. Says a lot.



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