In the last several days, the Chicago Tribune (which leans to the political right and has never endorsed a Democratic candidate), the Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post have all endorsed Barack Obama for president. Other newspapers that have endorsed Obama are the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Examiner, the St. Louis Dispatch, and the Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer.
McCain received no endorsements today, but he does have the support of the New York Post and Boston Herald.
Here is a list of all the newspaper endorsements so far.
Meanwhile, Peggy Noonan, the former Ronald Reagan advisor and speechwriter and the woman who wrote the phrases “a thousand points of light” and a “kindler, gentler nation” for George H.W. Bush, took some strong shots at Sarah Palin in her Wall Street Journal column today. Noonan writes:
Her supporters accuse her critics of snobbery: Maybe she’s not a big “egghead” but she has brilliant instincts and inner toughness. But what instincts? “I’m Joe Six-Pack”? She does not speak seriously but attempts to excite sensation—”palling around with terrorists.” If the Ayers case is a serious issue, treat it seriously. She is not as thoughtful or persuasive as Joe the Plumber, who in an extended cable interview Thursday made a better case for the Republican ticket than the Republican ticket has made. In the past two weeks she has spent her time throwing out tinny lines to crowds she doesn’t, really, understand. This is not a leader, this is a follower, and she follows what she imagines is the base, which is in fact a vast and broken-hearted thing whose pain she cannot, actually, imagine. She could reinspire and reinspirit; she chooses merely to excite. She doesn’t seem to understand the implications of her own thoughts.
Maybe Sarah Palin will be able to respond to these criticisms when she appears tomorrow night on Saturday Night Live.