View Full Version : General Damning with faint praise — the underwhelming praise in endorsements

11-04-2012, 10:43 AM

Wonder why polls are showing that Americans are nearly split in their support of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney?

Perhaps it’s because the flaws of both candidates are so easy to see. Here’s a look at the critical comments made in newspaper endorsements of each candidate. (For a full roundup of endorsements, check out the American Presidency Project.)

Washington Post: “[Obama] also has dodged serious interviews and news conferences. He has offered few specifics for a second-term agenda. He, too, aired commercials that distorted his opponent’s statements. But Mr. Obama has a record; voters know his priorities. His budget plan is inadequate, but it wouldn’t make things worse.”

Pro Romney
Dallas Morning News: “Yet Romney does give us pause. His famed flip-flops on issues from immigration to health care, always pushing further right, are worrisome. His difficulty in speaking precisely and inoffensively on such issues as London’s Olympic preparedness, Israeli Palestinian issues and U.S. embassy assaults paint him, at best, as a foreign policy neophyte. And his secretly recorded comments at a Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser drew an unreasonably sharp line between those who pay income taxes and “the 47 percent” of Americans who only take and would never support him, anyway. These ill-advised statements offended many and played directly into the Obama campaign’s picture of an excessively wealthy candidate out of touch with the common man.”

11-04-2012, 03:18 PM