There’s been many papers, people and other media outlets who have endorsed Barack Obama’s run for the Presidency. Now comes the latest endorsement. What makes this one particularly notable? It’s from the Anchorage Daily News, a paper which has really done well and come to the national spotlight during this campaign.
Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency — but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.
Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.
To me this perfectly encapsulates several good ideas. First there’s the fact that it doesn’t really matter where someone comes from (you listening, left-leaning Arizonans?). What matters is who they are and what they do. Palin may be an Alaskan (she’s spent most of her life there, after all, despite being born in Idaho), but to the ADN that doesn’t matter, nor should it.
They also notice what many of us, including myself, have noticed. The way that Obama, “…displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand.” They’re right. Obama has been cool, calm, and steady during this economic crisis. McCain spent the first couple days running around like a chicken without a head.
Another great point:
Sen. McCain describes himself as a maverick, by which he seems to mean that he spent 25 years trying unsuccessfully to persuade his own party to follow his bipartisan, centrist lead. Sadly, maverick John McCain didn’t show up for the campaign. Instead we have candidate McCain, who embraces the extreme Republican orthodoxy he once resisted and cynically asks Americans to buy for another four years.
Prior to making this blog back in February, I was telling my friends, and especially my mother, who I talk politics with often, that I wouldn’t mind a President McCain. I didn’t want him to be President, but at the time I thought he was centrist enough that I could at least accept it. I also had quite a bit of respect for the man.
Now neither of those things are true. He’s shown himself to be as much of a wingnut as several other members of his party and because of the way he’s handled himself in the campaign, I have no respect for him anymore. It’s sad, cause I wish I still did.
Another point I agree with the ADN on:
On a matter of parochial interest, Sen. Obama opposes the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but so does Sen. McCain. We think both are wrong, and hope a President Obama can be convinced to support environmentally responsible development of that resource.
As my father, a former Alaskan who did some work up in the area of the oil fields, pointed out to me, “If you picture ANWR as a football field, you can put a postage stamp in one corner to represent the area of drilling.” Also he explained once that due to the protected nature of such areas if you are driving a vehicle and have the choice between hitting, say, a goose or a person, hit the person. There’s less paperwork. I think he was joking.
Here’s the beautiful summation, to which I have nothing at all to add:
Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she’s a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight.
Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.