Sure, much has been made of Barack Obama’s impressive list of major newspaper endorsements, including the Anchorage Daily News, Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, and Providence Journal, all of which endorsed George Bush back in ’04. But the Big O also leads McCain 63-1 in an even more important category: college newspaper endorsements.
In addition to a sweep of the five NESCAC papers that have endorsed a candidate–Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Tufts–and the obvious ones such as U. of Illinois and Penn, Obama has racked up endorsements from some unlikely sources, including Davidson, Duke, Northwestern, Indiana U., West Virginia U., and the Universities of Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and even Arizona. Ole Miss’s (U. of Mississippi) Daily Mississippian is the lone holdout in the wave.
Forget about being up just one point in your own home state. Failing to win the endorsement of its flagship university is truly a crusher. Maybe instead of blabbering about how no one will delay the World Series when he’s president, Johnny Mac should’ve promised voters no one would screw over ‘Cats basketball if he’s in charge.
Editor & Publisher: BMOC: College Papers Back Obama, 63 to 1