As the Editor & Publisher reported yesterday, Barack Obama is winning the race for newspaper endorsements in a landslide, 112-39. Especially notable is the fact that at least 25 papers that supported Bush in 2004 have endorsed Obama this time around.
The Supreme Court consistently appears as one of the foremost concerns.
The Kansas City Star, a key swing state paper, touts a prospective Obama administration as a “safeguard for liberties”:
Obama wants judges who won’t favor the strong at the expense of the weak. He offers hope for a Supreme Court that would reject excessive executive power and protect precious freedoms.
The Santa Fe New Mexican writes:
At least as important is that we can also trust him to restore the credibility of our judiciary as vacancies occur at district and appellate levels, as well as at the Supreme Court. Civil liberties in particular, and justice in general, have suffered enormously in recent years.
Obama endorsers understand that the Supreme Court is on the ballot November 4th, and they understand the importance of repairing the damage done to the federal court system by the Bush administration. Obama, if elected, will have a mandate to do just that.