Mitt Romney was endorsed by Iowa’s Sioux City Journal today. Read the whole thing, but especially the conclusion:
Finally, the 60-year-old Romney – son of the late George Romney, a three-term governor of Michigan and secretary of Housing and Urban Development in Richard Nixon’s first term – is a man of decency and integrity. Likability cannot be discounted as an attribute important in a candidate for public office.
Among all the Republican candidates this year, Romney best taps into what we believe Americans seek – a different look, a fresh vision, a return to America’s goodness and greatness. He has earned the privilege to emerge from this field as his party’s nominee and carry his message of “strong military, strong economy, strong families” into next year’s general election campaign.
The other plus for Romney came in the anti-endorsement he earned from New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor. Powerline’s John Hinderaker explains why it is as useful in the GOP primary to have the right enemies as well as the right friends. An old-school endorsement from an influential Iowa newspaper is a plus as the caucuses approach, but the virulent enmity of a old media tree killer is a sure sign of which Republican the lefties fear the most in November. Had the Monitor merely endorsed a Romney rival, it would have been a minor plus for that candidate, just as the Sioux City Journal’s applause for Romney helps him at the margin.
But the editors at the Monitor gave every GOP voter in the Granite State a clear signal that they should support Romney on January 8th.