From the editorial:
Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.
But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.
In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.
In one of the most conservative states in the union, the state where getting elected to anything higher than Dog Catcher is difficult, if not damn near impossible for a “gentile,” Bishop Romney’s character has been found wanting.
Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”
Honesty and integrity are universal values. We used to be able to say “I don’t agree with anything you just said, but I admire your conviction,” but we can’t say that about Mitt Romney. The only conviction he seems to have is the conviction that he should be President, regardless of whatever he might have to say, whichever ass he might have to kiss, however he might have to debase himself to get into that office.
It’s a conviction that renders him singularly unqualified for the office of the President of the United States.
It is for these reasons, among others, that the Denver Post, a generally moderate-conservative paper, has also endorsed President Obama for re-election. Now, I know that newspaper endorsements never really meant a whole hell of a lot, and these days they’re probably even less. But you can’t deny it’s pretty cool.
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