This is a bombshell. The newspaper of record in Utah, the Salt Lake City Tribune, has endorsed Obama. They cite the many truly excellent things Romney has done for Utah, including bringing back a wobbly and corrupt Olympics in 2002. But they say Romney is too many things to too many people and that he changes direction with the wind.
We recently lived in Utah for two years. Salt Lake City is also where presidential candidate Rocky Anderson was mayor. Anderson is, maybe even more than Jill Stein, is outspoken against the wars and banksters.
In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem-solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.
Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.