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Alaska's No. 1 newspaper makes its pick: Barack Obama

It can't be cast as a surprise that the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's major newspaper, has endorsed the Democratic presidential ticket.

It did so in 2004. And, as editorial writers of all stripes are used to, most of the paper's readers paid little heed to the guidance they were offered. President Bush easily carried Alaska four years ago (as has each GOP candidate in every presidential election since it became a state in 1959, save one -- the 1964 Lyndon Johnson landslide).

This year, to the surprise of many, Alaska's allegiance in November's vote did not seem a foregone conclusion. Going into late August, polls showed that its 3 electoral votes were up for grabs. Barack Obama was advertising in the state, and his campaign listed it as a battleground.

But then John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. At the time, her popularity among her constituents was off the charts. It has ebbed some, but with her on the GOP ticket, the state again can be counted as safely in the Republican column.

The just-published Daily News editorial reflects the understandable pride Alaskans feel in having one of their own playing in....

...the political big leagues. But, the commentary adds, "it does not overwhelm all other judgment."

McCain, the piece continues, "is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation."

Obama, it asserts, "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."

And of its native daughter, the paper says this:

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.

The Daily News may not march to the same drummer as the majority of Alaska's voters, but it certainly is in tune with the prevailing view among its ink-stained brethren (see the latest endorsement tally here).

-- Don Frederick

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And in 4 years, once we are no longer the most powerful country on earth, but rather the biggest welfare state on earth, she'll be up to the task?

What went on with this Alaskan dynamo In the weeks after the convention. Did she not realize phrases like joe sixpack and hockey mom are racially charged and dont raise the discussion of policy. If not then she is not ready.In the last week she seems to have got a dose of common sense and has toned down the rhetoric and is talking policy more and smearing less. This is a great improvement but her post debut antics have hurt Mccains chances.After all this is really about him and the VP IS REALLY NOT THAT SIGNIFICANT

Anchorage Daily News -- another face, another egg to drip down it.

Price of eggs will be $5/dozen after the election, until the chickens catch back up.

While I understand that we need someone experienced in the White House, and some fear that McCain's age necessitates having an experienced VP, I don't understand why we are so eager to elect the democratic candidate who has NO leadership experience.

Some question Palin's experience and how she's be as president, but they don't even think about Biden and what he would if he stepped in. Imagine being an interpreter at the UN and having to interpret his "rhetorical flourishes."

This year we are left with a choice between an adroit campaigner whos advertised plans are mired in ambiguity or a 72-year-old who has enjoyed a career poking his own party to the admiration of the media and democrats.

At least with McCain, I know what we will be getting; with Obama, we just don't know. The clear choice is McCain.

And, perhaps they know a little something about Palin's corrupt approach to everything, including bidding her precious pipeline. There is good evidence that she is an utterly corrupt politician in everything she does. Her claiming to be a reformer who will clean up government is turning out ot be about as rich as that anti-gay fundamentalist televangelist who was actually gay himself. She's a graft and corruption advocate who covers it up by pretending to be against graft and corruption. Her using $150,000 of campaign funds on personal and family clothing is consistent with everything she has ever done. I'd like to see the evidence that there was any plan to give designer cothes tailored to her to charity - before they got caught.

Anyway, as to that pipeline:

"In interviews and a review of records, the AP found:

-- Instead of creating a process that would attract many potential builders, Palin slanted the terms away from an important group — the global energy giants that own the rights to the gas.

--Despite promises and legal guidance not to talk directly with potential bidders, Palin had meetings or phone calls with nearly every major candidate, including TransCanada.

--The leader of Palin's pipeline team had been a partner at a lobbying firm where she worked on behalf of a TransCanada subsidiary. Also, that woman's former business partner at the lobbying firm was TransCanada's lead private lobbyist on the pipeline deal, interacting with legislators in the weeks before the vote to grant TransCanada the contract. Plus, a former TransCanada executive served as an outside consultant to Palin's pipeline team.

--Under a different set of rules four years earlier, TransCanada had offered to build the pipeline without a state subsidy; under Palin, the company could receive a maximum $500 million."

I'm having a hard time understanding how the editors can endorse Senator Obama who has had absolutely no executive experience and in the same editorial belittle Governor Palin's experience. Voting present 100 times in the Illinois senate is hardly what I would call a strong resume.

I could not agree more with Alaska's No. 1 newspaper makes its pick: Barack Obama!

A revolution against liberal newspapers and television news is the only way to repair the damage being done by Democrat anchors and editorialists posing as journalists and in old liberal media. Boycotts, declining readership and audience along with protests, large protests in the streets, can take down NY Times and all other destructive liberal Democrat organs. It is time!
They will be replaced with a more balanced approach.
Now, is the time!

The most important question here should be, "why are newspapers endorsing a candidate"?

Newspapers are suppose to report the news, not their opinion and by endorsing a candidate it makes it all the more obvious that they are unable to do this.

It tells me that newspapers are a waste of time and money and cant be trusted for real news.

i have already voted in nevada for obama/biden,, i already know palin is a joke and mccain is only worried about the rich,,like himself,,i guess everyone in alaska is making over 250,000,,like the few states that will vote republican,,if mccain somehow is to win,,we will be in the same shape we have been the last 8 years,,no difference between bush and mccain,,extend war in iraq forever,,start one with iran,,make rich,,richer.

Of course the Anchorage Daily News would print something like this. That is why many of Alaskan's are cancelling their subscriptions to this leftist rag. I believe the elitist socialite crowd just don't know how to handle Governor Palin's success. As mayor, as governor she is in charge of over 25,000 employees, commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard, sat on the oil and gas commission and negotiated a 40 billion dollar natural gas pipeline! To top all of that she is beautiful, can kill a moose, gut it, pack it out and cook it! They do not know how to react because she has done much more than they have done and has more executive experience than Obama or Biden or even McCain! Go Sarah!

Wow, Alaska's largest newspaper endorsing not its own governor, but Obama? I surely think hell has frozen over!

Can't wait to send this to my Bible-beating, redneck dad.

After reading all of the comments, its clear what's missing:

The issues!

Economy
Taxes
Healthcare
International relations
Women's rights
LGBT rights
Education
Social Security
Environmental issues
Etc.

And yes the VP is relevant in this case, with one candidate facing potential age related health issues.

I would strongly urge every reader, writer, and voter to consider how your life will be in each issue under the leadership and proposition of each candidate.

Then, from a rational and sound perspective, decide who you are going to vote on, rather than style, party, history, endorsements... vote only on how your life and the country will be based on the issues.

Best of luck,

Michael Tronn Cooper

So happy to see another publication backing Obama instead of old granpa McCain and the stupid twit Palin who doesn't EVEN KNOW what the V.P. does.

The Repubs have to be devastated that she was chosen as McCain's V.P.

I know he is.

Devastated? I think not. If not for Palin, Sen. McCain wouldn't even be winning Republicans.

Michael Cooper suggests we assess the issues, as though doing so will clearly steer us in the Obama direction. Has it occurred to Obama fans that McCain supporters are doing so because of these same issues?

The Anchorage Daily news is a puppet or shadow newspaper under the direct editorial control of the very liberal McClatchy Corporation based out of Sacramento, California, that bought the Anchorage Daily News in Anchorage, Alaska and has purchased dozens of other big city newspapers over the past several decades (see Wiki). Alaskans have suffered greatly over the past 20 years in the Californication of Alaska thought in news print, and it’s widely known up here in the Great Land (and really a joke if you think about it) that McClatchy clearly does not represent the 85% of broad based Alaskans that fully endorse and support Governor Sarah Palin. Don’t read too much into these endorsement headlines, as it’s once again a media misrepresentation and factual distortion to meet their liberal agenda. Go Sarah! You Rock!

I wish I could agree all of you about Sarah Palin's ability and what a great Governor she is. She is one of them as in the movie THE BODY SNATCHERS. Folks, our freedoms are being snatched away from us one corrupt day at a time. Money rules, justice is a joke, and power controls honesty which plays second fiddle to: money, power, oil, and psychological meekness and fear in our peope. Does this sound like America? Think about it, that is what is happening. As an Alaska Guardsmen, I want to stand up and be counted.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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