The Tennessean Breaks with Obama, Endorses Romney

Breaking with a long tradition of endorsing Democratic candidates for president, The Tennessean (the state of Tennessee’s largest daily newspaper) endorsed Mitt Romney today. The normally left-leaning editorial page cited Obama’s ram-rod approach to healthcare reform and inability to control spending as reasons to deny the president a second term.

For all his efforts, ranging from the stimulus package to green-energy development, to bring us out of recession, he has never found the key. He has generally made poor choices of the people needed to get the job done, such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. And the number of jobs created during his term simply has not kept up with demand.

The paper mentioned Romney’s competent record as governor of Massachusetts, and called on Romney to implement a serious debt-reduction plan and to “reunite America” with a more productive and bi-partisan approach to governing than Obama took during his four years in office.

The Tennessean, based in Nashville, is as faithfully Democratic as they come. In 2008 the paper endorsed Barack Obama. In 2004, it endorsed John Kerry. In 2000, it endorsed Al Gore. And…well, you get the picture.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit (a fellow Tennessean) took note a short time ago of this surprising Republican endorsement from “Al Gore’s newspaper.”(Gore worked for the paper as a young man and still has a home here in Nashville.)

Some long-time Democrats, who voted for Obama in 2008, are looking at the state of this country right now and they simply cannot risk another four years. In the debates, Romney has emerged in the nation’s consciousness as a viable and sensible alternative. As The Tennessean headline put it, for them, it is “Time for Another Change.”

Could this endorsement mark the emergence of “the Romney Democrats?”

  1. ConservativeWanderer
    Nathan Harden: Could this endorsement mark the emergence of “the Romney Democrats?” · · 6 minutes ago

    More like the resurgence of the Reagan Democrats, now renamed the Romney Democrats.

    And yes, it could. It probably does, in fact.

    But the gloom-and-doom crowd will still insist that Obama is going to win.

  2. Arsenal

    Is this the first evidence that Rob’s prediction in “Next Week’s Big Story” was correct?

  3. Israel P.

    Has Tennessee started voting yet?

  4. das_motorhead

    Israel, early voting started here yesterday. The endorsement comes at a perfect time.

  5. Melanie Graham
    C

    Obama is a fad, not a president. I think the fad is over.

  6. ConservativeWanderer
    Melanie Graham: Obama is a fad, not a president. I think the fad is over. · 3 minutes ago

    That’s the line of the day, right there.

  7. Hang On
    Melanie Graham: Obama is a fad, not a president. I think the fad is over. · 0 minutes ago

    I keep thinking of a 15-second commercial. Obama is speaking at the beginning and his voice begins to fade. Fading in is the voice of an operatic soprano singing Wagner or some such who gets louder and louder. On screen, it flashes “Obama is over” then “So over”. Show it but once — on Monday Night Football the day before the election.

  8. The New Clear Option

    Does this aria make me sound fat?

    Hang On

    Melanie Graham: Obama is a fad, not a president. I think the fad is over. · 0 minutes ago

    I keep thinking of a 15-second commercial. Obama is speaking at the beginning and his voice begins to fade. Fading in is the voice of an operatic soprano singing Wagner or some such who gets louder and louder. On screen, it flashes “Obama is over” then “So over”. Show it but once — on Monday Night Football the day before the election. · 1 minute ago

  9. Frozen Chosen

    Gallup has Romney up 52%-45% and their daily tracking poll shows an unbroken line up for Romney in the past week.

    The fat lady is warming up!

  10. Freesmith

    A nice endorsement from the Tennessean.

    However, whenever I hear a Democrat say “bi-partisan” I reach for my wallet – to make sure the Democrat doesn’t steal it.

    Of course, I’m quite reasonable in these “reaching” matters. I’m all for reaching “across the aisle,” so long as Democrats are doing the all the reaching.

    You see, I want the next Democrat minority leader of the House of Representatives to be known as “The Bob Michel of the 21st Century.”

    As I mentioned in another context, the function of the Democrat Party should be to try, as unsuccessfully we conservatives can manage, to slow down but not stop the diminution of the federal government.

  11. Horace Svácz
    Hang On

    I keep thinking of a 15-second commercial. Obama is speaking at the beginning and his voice begins to fade. Fading in is the voice of an operatic soprano singing Wagner or some such who gets louder and louder. On screen, it flashes “Obama is over” then “So over”. Show it but once — on Monday Night Football the day before the election. · 1 hour ago

    Of course you meant “the voice of a fat operatic soprano,” right? It has to be a fat lady or it won’t work. And I would leave it at “It’s over.”

  12. Troy Senik, Ed.
    Karen: Meh, I don’t know if this is something to get excited about. If memory serves, those Dem endorsements didn’t help take the state. It’s been reliably republican for a while. Nashville has enjoyed a big economic boom in recent years becoming a hub of the healthcare industry. Obamacare will hit that industry and the region hard. Even the folks at The Tennessean know which side their bread is buttered. All politics is local. · 1 hour ago

    All true. Tennessee hasn’t gone for a Democrat in a presidential election since Clinton/Gore ’96 (remember all the caterwauling about how Gore would have won the 2000 election if he had just carried his home state?). But I don’t think the point here is electoral implications (how many people vote for president based on editorial endorsements, anyway?). It’s that even a newspaper that has spent over a decade going against the grain of local politics (last I checked, Williamson County — the Nashville suburbs — was rivaling Orange County as the most GOP friendly locale in the nation) just doesn’t find it worth the candle this time. The edifice seems to be crumbling.

  13. Jude

    Israel, we began voting yesterday, October 17th. 

    Israel Pickholtz: Has Tennessee started voting yet? · 2 hours ago

    I am sitting in my office in Nashville and just saw Nathan’s note about the Tennessean’s endorsement of Romney. I am floored. That newspaper is locked in a leftward tilt – so much so that I stopped reading that rag to reduce my blood pressure. Is Prof. Rahe correct? Is this going to be a rout of Obama and America’s 21st century flirtation with socialism? I’m beginning to let myself hope.

    Looking at the above remarks by Troy and others, I comment that this is more of an indication of the trend than an influence on the outcome. However, it could discourage Democrat voters and affect down ballot elections.

  14. EThompson
    Troy Senik, Ed.: That does it, Nashville. You have found a way to make me love you more. · 1 hour ago

    I, too, am shocked at the endorsement. As a Vandy intern at the Tennesseanean during college, I would never have seen this one coming. (As a matter of fact, I, as a suspiciously conservative student, was limited to the ‘sports beat,’ which of course was fine with me!)

    Truly, wonders never cease.

  15. oleneo65
    Israel Pickholtz

    Hang On

    Melanie Graham: Obama is a fad, not a president. I think the fad is over. · 0 minutes ago

    I keep thinking of a 15-second commercial. Obama is speaking at the beginning and his voice begins to fade. Fading in is the voice of an operatic soprano singing Wagner or some such who gets louder and louder. On screen, it flashes “Obama is over” then “So over”. Show it but once — on Monday Night Football the day before the election. · 23 minutes ago

    Legal Insurrection (who for some reason is not listed in Ricochet’s “Sites We Like”) has begun using the hashtag #TheEnd. · 5 hours ago

    Edited 5 hours ago

    I too would like to see a Ricochet link to Legal Insurrection.

  16. bob lynch

    I live in Nashville and this huge.This has never happened.

  17. oleneo65
    EThompson

    Troy Senik, Ed.: That does it, Nashville. You have found a way to make me love you more. · 1 hour ago

    I, too, am shocked at the endorsement. As a Vandy intern at theTennesseanean during college, I would never have seenthisonecoming. (As a matter of fact, I, as a suspiciously conservative student, was limited to the ‘sports beat,’ which of course was fine with me!)

    Truly, wonders never cease. · 3 hours ago

    I endorse both Troy and EThomas’ comments. I’ve lived in the Nashville area for 25 years and I’m astounded with the news that editorially The Tennessean and I agree on the 2012 Presidential candidate. Yes, miracles are still possible.

  18. Brian Clendinen

     

    The Orlando Sentinel (the major paper for Orlando area) endorsed Romney today also. They are pretty much like every single major paper, Democratic. It is weird were traditional Democratic outlets are changing their colors.

  19. Songwriter

    This is a big deal. And great news. Btw – just how many Ricochet folks are there in the Nash Vegas area? Enough for a meet up ?

  20. das_motorhead
    Songwriter: This is a big deal. And great news. Btw – just how many Ricochet folks are there in the Nash Vegas area? Enough for a meet up ? · 4 minutes ago

    There’s a few of us, definitely enough. Last year I tried a few times to sucker Troy into a meetup with the mid-state crew, but being the international man of mystery he is, the timing never worked out. Regardless, I keep thinking we should get something on the books, but just haven’t gotten around to tossing the idea out there on the member feed. Thanks for breaking the ice.

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