I have really enjoyed reading the Anchorage Daily News for the past several months. It has been a must-read for political junkies. The paper has done great work on Palin and her rise, but the reporters at the ADN have also had their hands full with the scandals and campaigns of Senator Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young. And, there was also that spate of grizzly bear incidents over the summer in Anchorage, which I found riveting. There’s a lot going on in the 49th state.
Today, the Anchorage Daily News, the largest paper in Sarah Palin’s state, endorsed Barack Obama for President:
Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency — but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.
Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.
And, I love the final paragragh from those who know Palin best:
Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.