Months before the presidential election in 2008, the world’s financial system ground to a standstill — thanks to a system so devoid of regulations and enforcement that banks and financiers no longer trusted each other.
That’s the mess Barack Obama stepped into when he took office in 2008. Obama engineered a turnaround. In the hands of a president less pragmatic, less cool under pressure, it might not have happened.
After his first four years, Obama is a proven leader. He wins the Journal Star’s endorsement for president.
America needs a leader who will look out for the interests of the middle class.
OK, admittedly, my hometown newspaper isn't that bad, but I don't think it's ever endorsed a Democrat for president - not since I've lived here, at least. Even in 2008, after eight years of George W. Bush, when every single Republican policy proved to be a complete and utter failure, they still endorsed John McCain and
And Nebraska is pretty much a one-party state - solidly Republican. Even our few Democrats are Republicans. Sen. Ben Nelson is easily the most Republican Democrat in the Senate, always trying to show Nebraskans how conservative he is.
And Bob Kerrey, the 'Democrat' who's currently running to replace him (and losing badly), has a campaign ad where he basically says that Democrats are terrible and promises to be nothing like them. (And the Nebraska Democratic Party wonders why they can't get more members!)
So this is a big deal. True, it's unlikely to change any minds. And there's no way that Barack Obama will win Nebraska anyway. But I'm impressed that the Lincoln Journal Star took such an unpopular stand (unpopular with Nebraskans and with their corporate owners, I suspect).
Maybe the Republican Party has finally become too crazy even for Nebraskans? Well, some of us, at least.