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Endorsements: Precedent shock

On a day when the Chicago Tribune endorsed a Democrat for president, for the first time in its 160 years; and when the Los Angeles broke its decades-long precedent of declining to endorse anyone for president – both went for Democrat Barack Obama – the Northwest come up with a startling endorser of its own.

The Vancouver Columbian ordinarily endorses toward the right, and usually Republican on the presidential level – it went for George Bush in 2004. But not this year. From its endorsement editorial today:

“As for judgment, Obama chose a running mate who neither hurt him in the polls nor diverted the spotlight from the main man on the ticket. McCain’s choice has done both. McCain tries to masquerade this recklessness as the virtue of a maverick. Would he use that same recklessness in appointing Supreme Court justices and Cabinet members? Which candidate in recent weeks has shown a presidential demeanor? Which could best restore worldwide respect for the U.S.? Which man has tried to soothe — not stoke — rancor in the homestretch of this campaign? Clearly, that man is Obama. . . . America’s comparison between the upstart reformer and the venerable war hero inexorably returns to the qualities of leadership and judgment. Obama wins that comparison, and his message of partnerships at home and abroad seals the deal for us.”

Watch this space tomorrow, for what we anticipate will be another endorsement stunner . . .

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