Des Moines Register endorses Romney; Paper’s first Republican pick since Nixon

Surprising no one, the New York Times tomorrow will print its endorsement of Barack Obama for re-election. The Des Moines Register, however, shocked quite a few with its endorsement today of Mitt Romney, the paper’s first GOP endorsement for president since 1972.

“Romney has made rebuilding the economy his No. 1 campaign priority — and rightly so,” the Register’s editors conclude, adding, “The president’s best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short. Nothing indicates it would change with a second term in the White House.”

Obama for America Iowa Communications Director Erin Seidler missed it by that much.

Was the paper’s side-by-side photo comparison of death-stare Obama and smiling Romney on Wednesday a hint of things to come?

The endorsement is a surprise, especially to the Obama camp, but just like the polls, newspaper endorsements don’t mean anything (until they do). Just ask the Left.

Howard Fineman is speechless … sort of.

  • kch50428

    RedStar&Sickle endorses Romney… would Joe Biden call it a “B F D”?

  • tomtom1983

    When do the charges of racism start coming in for endorsing a white conservative and not a black liberal?

    You know its coming, its what liberals do.

    Lib, ” How dare that racist white privileged and eco unfriendly paper not endorse a our tolerant first black President”

    Lib, ” He killed Osama Bin Laden” , ” Don’t those racist white crackers realize he is the light?”

    RLMAO Like an overuse of antibiotics, the reliable false racism charges from libs is dead and ineffective. Just like their ideology.

    • kch50428

      The DSM Register IS liberals… they can do this and it’s not racist. :)

  • Surfdude621

    What’s a newspaper?

  • Jim Wafwot

    Liberals are a fickle bunch of babies that need their diaper changed.

    They’re all butt hurt that @DMRegister endorsed Romney. “They’ve lost all credibility.” “Did you not see Romney’s math doesn’t add up?” “It was GOP in Congress that prevented Obama from doing anything!”

    I can’t help but snicker at the praise that would have been heaped on @DMRegister had they endorsed Obama.

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  • Love of Country

    Dinglebarry’s Romnesia is no match for Mitt’s Romentum.

  • kch50428

    For what it’s worth… Romney also snagged endorsements from The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Quad City Times, & The Sioux City Journal. Amazing.

  • Gallatin

    What’s wrong with you? Didn’t you hear that the Republicans cut funding for consulate security? So this is all Bush’s fault.