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10.24.2004

Some surprising newspaper endorsements for Bush

PoliPundit is reporting some very interesting newspaper endorsements for President Bush.

The most notable one to me is the endorsement from the Austin American-Statesman. Now this is my local newspaper, and this shocks me to be honest. Austin, particularly around the UT campus, are exaclty as PoliPundit states it - very liberal. Anyone familiar with the antics of the City Council understands what we are saying. Don't get me wrong, I am estatic that they endorsed him, but I am really surprised too.

The wisdom expressed in this endorsement is really inspiring:
President Bush got some things wrong, but there is much he got right. We are faced with an unrelenting foe who strikes from the shadows and won't be deterred by diplomacy or international resolutions. Bush's resolve and commitment to stay the course are clear. As Winston Churchill once said, "When you're going through hell, keep going."Though Kerry is an honorable man who knows firsthand the horrors of war, he is deluding himself if he thinks a different administration will change the outlook of a foe that doesn't make war on an individual administration, but on the West in general and the United States in particular.

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Bush defies the conventional "do not touch" school of thought on Social Security and government-subsidized health care. He challenges us to confront realities that most in public life would rather not. These programs must undergo radical changes as baby boomers, who are now keeping Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs afloat with their tax contributions, begin to retire and become consumers rather than providers. That day is almost upon us. We've been in denial long enough.

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We urge Bush to approach appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court with the same eye for balance that he did in selecting appointees for the Texas courts when he was governor. Those of us who admired the way he was able to forge bipartisan alliances with Democrats in the state Legislature yearn to see the Texas Bush inform the Washington Bush on effective, inclusive governance.


Like I said, this had to be surprising for many Staesman readers. Now don't get me wrong, the Statesman is certainly no L.A. or N.Y. Times, but it certainly is not conservative by any stretch of the imagination. This paper is pretty much representative of the thoughts of Austinites, as they say in the endorsement, "We generally have supported the war on terror as well as the decision to go to war in Iraq, but we have never been shy about criticizing the prosecution of them either". The reason I was surprised by this endorsement is mainly because of the reactions I have gotten from many a person in town when discussing the Presidential Election, and the liberal reputation of the town.

But in the end, it's a very good endorsement, and I'll take it!

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