Conservative Talk Show Host Endorses Obama

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    Oct 18, 2008 5:36 AM GMT
    On Friday, two dependable conservative organizataions backed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

    First, Philadelphia talk radio host Michael Smerconish:

    On his talk show on WPHT today, conservative Philadelphian Michael Smerconish endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

    Smerconish did so by reading a couple paragraphs from his pending op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    "I've decided," he said. "My conclusion comes after reading the candidates' memoirs and campaign platforms, attending both party conventions, interviewing both men multiple times, and watching all primary and general election debates."

    "John McCain is an honorable man who has served his country well. But he will not get my vote. For the first time since registering as a Republican 28 years ago, I'm voting for a Democrat for president."

    "I may have been an appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, and master of ceremonies for George W. Bush in 2004, but last Saturday I stood amidst the crowd at an Obama event in North Philadelphia," says the Republican.

    Then [second], the Chicago Tribune, a newspaper that has not endorsed a Democrat for president since it was founded in 1847, followed suit. From their editorial:

    "Many Americans say they're uneasy about Obama. He's pretty new to them."

    "We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president."

    "We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready."

    "It may have seemed audacious for Obama to start his campaign in Springfield, invoking Lincoln. We think, given the opportunity to hold this nation's most powerful office, he will prove it wasn't so audacious after all. We are proud to add Barack Obama's name to Lincoln's in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States."

    According to Editor & Publisher, Obama now has a 3 to 1 lead over McCain in newspaper endorsements -- 51 newspapers with a total 6,299,363 daily circulation. At least seven of those papers endorsed President Bush in 2004.

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    Oct 18, 2008 7:00 AM GMT
    Michael Smerconish does not give a reason why he is voting for Obama, at least in the bit that you have quoted. Why?
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    Oct 18, 2008 1:22 PM GMT
    The fat lady has entered the opera house...
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    Oct 18, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    It takes one to know one, I know what this guy is thinking despite what he says in his op-ed.

    America's young people are going Democrat in record numbers, the future of America is the Democratic party, this is a disaster.

    With Al Qaeda down but not out, Iran going nuts over their 12th Imam, the Chinese and especially the Russians going belligerent the international situation is challenging.
    The economy is in a tough spot and will require some austere measures to recover.

    Obama is in way over his head no matter how good he speaks. So, the strategy is; let him screw things up more and disillusion those young voters and the Democrats will not be such a rising star.

    Personally, I don't want to allow the US to be vulnerable for a second. I'm still voting McCain.

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    Oct 18, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    John43620 saidIt takes one to know one, I know what this guy is thinking despite what he says in his op-ed.

    America's young people are going Democrat in record numbers, the future of America is the Democratic party, this is a disaster.

    With Al Qaeda down but not out, Iran going nuts over their 12th Imam, the Chinese and especially the Russians going belligerent the international situation is challenging.
    The economy is in a tough spot and will require some austere measures to recover.

    Obama is in way over his head no matter how good he speaks. So, the strategy is; let him screw things up more and disillusion those young voters and the Democrats will not be such a rising star.

    Personally, I don't want to allow the US to be vulnerable for a second. I'm still voting McCain.



    Yeah, having a Republican-controlled government for six out of the last eight years has done wonders...