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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Salt Lake Tribune Endorses Barack Obama

Utah is a paradox. In Salt Lake City you have a vibrant gay community, one that isn't ashamed, and one that is embraced by many families (including Mormons) and whose residents twice elected a card-carrying member of the ACLU for mayor named Rocky Anderson. Outside of Salt Lake City, just 15 miles south down I-15, you run right smack back into conservative Mormon land, places where you can't buy Coke, and areas that contain closets polygamists like you see on Big Love. It is a bizarre mix of liberal and conservative.

Therefore, it shouldn't be a big surprise that the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Barack Obama for President. The paper endorsed Bush in 2004. It also shouldn't be a surprise since McCain defeated Romney, the state's chosen one and one chance to see a Mormon in the White House, and then refused to put him on the ticket (an error that is glaringly obvious to anyone watching this economic crisis unfold). The paper slams Palin in endorsing Obama:
Then, out of nowhere, and without proper vetting, the impetuous McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She quickly proved grievously underequipped to step into the presidency should McCain, at 72 and with a history of health problems, die in office. More than any single factor, McCain's bad judgment in choosing the inarticulate, insular and ethically challenged Palin disqualifies him for the presidency.
I'm pretty sure the Deseret News will endorse John McCain.

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