Romney flips voters, editorial boards with economic message

posted at 5:21 pm on October 26, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Another Florida newspaper went from an Obama endorsement in ’08 to a Romney endorsement in ’12. I’m skeptical as to how much such endorsements matter, but certainly the ones that are switches from 2008 in swing states are most interesting. Just seeing such changes of heart in print could validate the feelings of regular voters leaning that direction, but the tone the Orlando Sentinel and this paper have taken has been pretty devastating:

Four years into Barack Obama’s presidency, economic growth is sputtering. Family incomes are down. Poverty is up. Business owners are reluctant to assume risk in the face of unending uncertainty. Many are holding on by their fingernails, desperate for signs of an economic recovery that will help them provide for themselves, their employees, their customers and their communities.

When President Obama came into office in 2009, the economy was in freefall and though untested, he inspired us with his promise of hope and change. Now, four years later, we have little reason to believe he can turn things around.

So while we endorsed Obama in 2008, we recommend voters choose Republican Mitt Romney on Nov. 6.

Yes, the jobless numbers from September showed a drop to 7.8 percent unemployed, the first time in almost four years that it’s been below 8 percent. But the numbers are deceiving because more than 4 million Americans have given up looking for work since January 2009.

Behind those numbers are the faces of your neighbors, your family members, perhaps even yourself. Good people who want to work, but who cannot find jobs because job creators have lost faith in the nation’s economic direction.

The Sun-Sentinel is also unimpressed with the president’s newly released, glossy booklet of a plan, saying “rather than articulate a compelling vision for growth, the president falls back on the tired talking point of increasing taxes for the wealthy,” which they peg rightly as unlikely to create economic growth. The paper’s coverage area includes counties whose names you might have heard before, like Broward and Dade.

Jazz Shaw collected the rest of the notable endorsements last week, and the president continues to clumsily court the Des Moines Register‘s endorsement by giving them an off-the-record chat that later became on-the-record once the campaign realized off-the-record was a liability, which led to this possibly passive-aggressive response from the Register. It’s all very Sam and Diane.

The WaPo/ABC tracking poll has garnered two days of stories on the shift toward Romney on the issue of the economy. That question has been the fascinating undercard of so many polls, including snap polls of debate watchers and voters who thought Romney won on the central issue of the election even if they thought Obama won the debate, overall. Romney’s numbers on the economy and handling the debt/deficit pretty consistently outdid his numbers in other areas, even over the summer, but then they were a mere glimmer of potential. Yesterday’s 50-47 lead for Mitt Romney in the WaPo/ABC tracker suggests that potential may be coming to fruition. Today’s tracker is out at noon.

The fact that Romney’s gaining on the issue of “economic empathy,” a perennial strong point for Obama, signals a growing general comfort with Romney as an alternative to a dismal status quo. The Washington Post reported that the movement toward Romney on the economy comes from Independents.

Romney’s improvements on the economy — and on empathizing with the plight of those struggling financially — has been fueled by gains among political independents. Independents now side with Romney by campaign highs on both the economy (61 to 34 percent) and on understanding people’s problems (52 to 42 percent).

ABC, reporting a day earlier on the trend, said it came from white men:

One example is white men, in particular those who lack a college degree; almost all of the recent shifts in trust on the economy and perceived economic empathy have occurred in this group. Romney’s support among white men is its highest of the campaign, a 2-1 margin, 65-32 percent. That compares with 57-41 percent, McCain-Obama, in the 2008 exit poll.

While it’s closer among white women, 53-44 percent, Romney-Obama, that very broad support among white men lifts Romney to a new high among whites overall, 59 percent. And it expands the gender gap to a new high as well: A 17-point lead for Romney among men, 57-40 percent, compared with a 15-point advantage for Obama among women, 56-41 percent.

Both can be true, as white voters make up a large percentage of independent voters a) because they are a large part of the overall population and b) because minority voters are more likely to identify as Democrats or likely Obama voters, making the swing voters everyone’s going after more likely to be white. One national political reporter wonders:

Fournier engaged on Twitter with right-leaning voters after this tweet, which I appreciate, but get ready for more coverage of this angle. Chris Matthews outright asserted last week that “racial hatred” is behind growing support for Romney and eroding support for Obama. Are all these white people who formerly supported Obama just now becoming racist? Did the Orlando Sentinel and the Sun Sentinel just turn racist, too? Of course not. The newspapers very clearly state the many reasons voters of all stripes could lose faith in President Obama. But I look forward to a “Hardball” special: “How Mitt Romney’s campaign creates racists and racist newspapers.”

In the end, which is more likely? That swing voters who formerly backed Obama are looking at the same man and suddenly deciding they don’t like his skin color? Or that swing voters who formerly backed Obama are looking at the same man with the same plan and deciding they don’t like that?


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The only way that I’ll forgive the morons who endorsed or voted for Obama in 2008 is if, after having to suffer under The Won for these last four years, the result is that we see a massive conservative landslide in 2012.

natasha333 on October 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

The Orlando Sentinel is your typical left wing rag that calls illegal immigrants “undocumented workers”. So an endorsement for Romney is huge.

JimK on October 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

In the end, which is more likely? That swing voters who formerly backed Obama are looking at the same man and suddenly deciding they don’t like his skin color? Or that swing voters who formerly backed Obama are looking at the same man with the same plan and deciding they don’t like that?

I’m guessing that the majority of the “brochures” Obama put out have either been thrown away or are part of the stack of unread stuff on toilet tanks.

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I’m skeptical as to how much such endorsements matter

zilch to pretty much everyone I know.

Tim_CA on October 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The paper’s coverage area includes counties whose names you might have heard before, like Broward and Dade.

I enjoyed the post but this caught my attention. The Orlando Sentinel’s coverage runs to Miami and Palm Beach?

Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Racists!

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Race card is ALL they have left. Sorry, it won’t trigger white guilt this time. Whites put him in office and can’t be held responsible for the fact he was too incompentent for the job.

michaelo on October 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I’m guessing that the majority of the “brochures” Obama put out have either been thrown away or are part of the stack of unread stuff on toilet tanks.
AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Might be a valuable collector’s item on eBay in a few years… “One of only two still in existence!”

Marcola on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

In the end, which is more likely? That swing voters who formerly backed Obama are looking at the same man and suddenly deciding they don’t like his skin color? Or that swing voters who formerly backed Obama are looking at the same man with the same plan and deciding they don’t like that?

Tim_CA on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Just not in Ohio. :(

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

- Wild Bill’s Tea Party Travel Agency –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5pXPEf_sGBE

Pork-Chop on October 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Romney Obama flips off voters, Des Moines editorial boards with economic message

We already know, MKH. The story’s a couple days old now. =)

Stoic Patriot on October 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

“Both can be true, as white voters make up a large percentage of independent voters…”

“Racist!” – Chrissy Matthews

Seven Percent Solution on October 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

If they wanna’ gripe about about a 17 point lead among white men, they would also have to give the spread among black men.

Race chickens.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Just not in Ohio. :(

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Thanks. I’ll repost this for you to swallow on election night.

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Does the school paper on whose editorial board I sit count for anything?

vegconservative on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

It depends, any paper but smoodaily would be okay.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The chicken poops at the Chicago Tribune still went for Obama. They just couldn’t do the right thing.

Fallon on October 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hey, you’d think Romney might do something crazy, like actually specifically appeal to white voters.

Nah….

HB3 on October 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

If I’m wrong I’ll be partying on election night.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Hammer time is coming for the jerkoff king.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

The only way that I’ll forgive the morons who endorsed or voted for Obama in 2008 is if, after having to suffer under The Won for these last four years, the result is that we see a massive conservative landslide in 2012.

natasha333 on October 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Forgive maybe, but never trust. I’ll never trust an Obama voter. I know that sounds bad, but it was pretty clear to me that he was an egomaniac that was vastly underqualified for the job from the beginnig. Good people can have terribly poor judgement, we have the results from 2008 to prove it.

earlgrey133 on October 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Romney flips voters, editorial boards; Barry flips the bird.

bayview on October 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Hammer time is coming for the jerkoff king.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

What I do now!

lorien1973 on October 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Who the heck still thinks teh one is doing a good job. I jut can’t understand the electorate AT ALL.

WitchDoctor on October 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

But not the Chicago Tribune. They are endorsing Obama again.

That might be enough to herald in a Robert McCormick zombie appearance. The guy who hated FDR and ran his newspaper accordingly has stopped spinning in his grave and is now trying to get out, to wreak vengeance on those who have crapped all over his legacy.

farsighted on October 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

If I’m wrong I’ll be partying on election night.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Where – at the Concern Trolls’ Ball??

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

lib thinking doesn’t make sense, of course its racism to them…and we’ll hear it ad nauseum up to inauguration day and probably for the following 4 years

how long did we hear selected not elected back in 2000

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

What I do now!

lorien1973 on October 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Do you wear those puffy pants too, the gold ones were quite fetching.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

That might be enough to herald in a Robert McCormick zombie appearance. The guy who hated FDR and ran his newspaper accordingly has stopped spinning in his grave and is now trying to get out, to wreak vengeance on those who have crapped all over his legacy.

farsighted on October 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I have a letter from my grampa to my mom in college, dated Nov 7, 1946:

“And didn’t the good people of the United States slap down the new deal and chase the jack asses and flying squirrels out of the White House (quote Col. McCormick.)”

I love having this letter.

Fallon on October 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

65% of whites supporting Romney RACIST!
95% of blacks supporting Obama not racist.

We are through the looking glass.

jukin3 on October 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I love having this letter.

Fallon on October 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Good stuff. Good times may be ahead again for the Trib.

Rumor has it Rupert Murdoch may buy the Chicago Tribune. It’s on the block coming out of Chapter 11. The libs there are getting nervous.

farsighted on October 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Just saw the dunce cap photo of Romney on Drudge. It’s on Obama’s website.

John the Libertarian on October 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM

So all those white voters who put Obama in office are now racist cause Obama failed and they won’t vote for failure – liberal pretzel logic

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM

What I want to know is when will we get a thread on THE DUNCE CAP. That, in my humble estimation, is the last gratuitous gasp of a campaign down on all fours panting and wheezing.

Tapped out; running on fumes; devoid of mental energy; no synapses firing, brain dead, empty;

The War Planner on October 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Just saw the dunce cap photo of Romney on Drudge. It’s on Obama’s website.

John the Libertarian on October 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM

It’s beginning to look like the Obama campaign is taking its cues from libtard trolls.

farsighted on October 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

i really don’t like jim acosta reporting on the romney campaign for cnn….talk about liberal bias…his reporting is so bloody slanted…

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The chicken poops at the Chicago Tribune still went for Obama. They just couldn’t do the right thing.

Fallon on October 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hey, it’s Chitcago, if they don’t the city might suddenly have to dig up the street in front of their parking deck entrance.

slickwillie2001 on October 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Hey, it’s Chitcago, if they don’t the city might suddenly have to dig up the street in front of their parking deck entrance.

slickwillie2001 on October 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

And, Geraldo would be there just in case there were any valuables or bodies buried there.

Fallon on October 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Neither endorsements nor polls mean diddlysquat to me. Bring on the election!!

Sasha List on October 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

97% of African Americans will vote for Obama again.

Should not more be voting for Romney ?…. Say 10-15% ? if we were truly living in a color blind society? I know, we can’t go there.

And yet, prejudice is a undeniable human characteristic, that is applied in every aspect of our lives.

A by product of free will perhaps ?

Discuss……that.

FlaMurph on October 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I enjoyed the post but this caught my attention. The Orlando Sentinel’s coverage runs to Miami and Palm Beach?

Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Orlando has “The Orlando Sentinel”, “The Sun-Sentinel” was formerly the “Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel”. At least that was the case years ago when I lived in Fort Lauderdale.

oldleprechaun on October 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Just not in Ohio. :(

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Do you live in Ohio? I work in Ohio and live in Michigan and I can tell you the support for Romney is huge in both states in my area. The Romney momentum is increasing. Signs everywhere not just the small ones but the big ones. People are going all out. I came home from work tonight and I couldn’t believe the number of new signs since this morning! The t.v and airwaves are none stop Romney ads. (with a few Obama stuck in between) Romney is saturating this area. I am not going to lose hope. I suggest you do the same!

wolverinefan on October 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Is it just me or is anyone else bothered by that picture on the header of Romney and Obama glad handing it like old buds?

Cleombrotus on October 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

And, Geraldo would be there just in case there were any valuables or bodies buried there.

Fallon on October 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

In Chicago the bodies of ex friends and rivals of Capone and the Daleys are likely lined up like railroad ties under most of the major thoroughfares.

viking01 on October 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

We shouldn’t forget that the big ZERO is half white. Talk of racism is just malarkey.

COgirl on October 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Does the school paper on whose editorial board I sit count for anything?

vegconservative on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Absolutely!!! An endorsement in a college/university newspaper is probably more important than an endorsement in a city/town newspaper since your paper is read by lots of first time voters who are looking for reasons to vote for either candidate.

As a former Board Member of my college newspaper (a couple of decades ago), I have been checking the website of that paper daily to see which candidate they are endorsing, since they are on a large campus in a potentially important swing state.

As an alum it is driving me nuts that my old paper has only had minimal election coverage! Back in my day, we had a whole team writing about the presidential election.

Good job on your endorsement column, Vegconservative! I hope your column generates lots of Tweets and Facebook Posts!

wren on October 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Forgive maybe, but never trust. I’ll never trust an Obama voter. I know that sounds bad, but it was pretty clear to me that he was an egomaniac that was vastly underqualified for the job from the beginnig. Good people can have terribly poor judgement, we have the results from 2008 to prove it.

earlgrey133 on October 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

+100000

Anonimo on October 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

So Obama is gonna get his ass kicked by White Men? James Clyburn is getting phantom pains in his neck right now.

ardenenoch on October 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

What’s black and white and racist all over? The Sun Sentinel.

ardenenoch on October 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

In the end, which is more likely? That swing voters who formerly backed Obama are looking at the same man and suddenly deciding they don’t like his skin color?

It isn’t his skin color that they’ve decided they don’t like, it’s the skin texture. They’ve come to the realization that it’s far too snake like.

ardenenoch on October 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Endorsements matter only if the publication goes AGAINST its typical partisan bent or reverses course from its most recent election.

I’ll never forget having to suffer through all my co-workers sending me the so-called conservative newspapers endorsing Obama in 2008.

They would become all giddy and say … “Wow, look Obama won over the Chicago Sun Times … a REPUBLICAN newspaper!”

My response was that all newspapers are liberal at heart!

Nicole Coulter on October 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Hammer time is coming for the jerkoff king.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

What I do now!

lorien1973 on October 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

…you tried to knock up the chick that wants everybody to have their first sex with JugEars…instead of Mittens!

KOOLAID2 on October 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

KOOLAID2 on October 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I’m not sure even lorien would hit that…

Mary in LA on October 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Does the school paper on whose editorial board I sit count for anything?

vegconservative on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Whom did the paper endorse in 2008?

massrighty on October 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Does the school paper on whose editorial board I sit count for anything?
vegconservative on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Whom did the paper endorse in 2008?

massrighty on October 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM

For College/University newspapers, I sincerely hope that anybody who was on the Editorial Board in 2008 graduated a long time ago.

While the comparison with 2008 endorsements is very relevant for City/Town newspapers, it is not a valid comparison for student newspapers.

wren on October 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

That’s a private Christian school in Texas, right? I’d be a little concerned if you guys endorsed a communist.

Sign of the Dollar on October 27, 2012 at 3:47 AM

Subscriptions must be down…significantly.

Mr. Arrogant on October 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM