Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama today on Meet the Press.
The Houston Chronicle had endorsed a grand total of one Democratic candidate for president since 1960, and that was LBJ in 1964. That number doubled today when the Chronicle endorsed Obama.
Staunch supporters of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Obama today.
Our own Denver Post, which had endorsed Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney in the caucuses, endorsed Obama on Friday.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution endorsed Obama on Friday, and offered some words of wisdom for the three or four people who still believe that John McCain is some sort of “maverick”:
[I]n his current role as Republican nominee, McCain has yet to explain how most of his proposed policies and approaches differ from those of the current president. From deregulation of Wall Street and tax cuts that favor the richest 5 percent of Americans to a more aggressive foreign policy, McCain’s approach now reflects the same Republican orthodoxy that has governed this country since 2000. Time and again, he has been offered chances to explain how his philosophy differs from that of the current president, and he has not been able to do so.
Obama also picked up endorsements from two major newspapers that had never before endorsed a Democrat for president, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. In fact, the Times hadn’t endorsed any presidential candidate since 1972.