For the first time in its long history, the Chicago Tribune has endorsed a Democrat, and that Democrat is Barack Obama. Under its past publishers, the Tribune has been a bastion of right-leaning views and generally favored Republicans.
While the Tribune said it “liked” John McCain, the endorsers also found him hard to figure on tax policy in light of the federal budget deficit and termed his proposal to buy up bad mortgages “misguided.” But the Tribune found that the worst decision McCain has made was to choose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, calling her unprepared to assume the presidency.
Apparently, the endorsers aren’t as enthralled by Palin’s winkin’ and blinkin’ as the right-wing Republicans who find her so charming.
The paper endorsed independent Horace Greeley in 1872, and Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 — choices it said were driven by outrage at inept and corrupt business and political leaders. The Tribune says it sees parallels today in the Republican Party, noting that it believes that the party of limited government has lost its way.
A historical endorsement to usher in a historic presidency.