Saturday, February 02, 2008
By Ken Reich
A judge whose family has long been involved in California politics sent Jim Newton, the editorial pages editor of the Los Angeles Times, an e-mail the other day asking him who he thought Earl Warren, the late chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and governor of California, would be supporting for president in California's primary Tuesday.
Now, Newton, and the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, David Hiller, have risen to the occasion, issuing an historic endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. The editorial accurately called Tuesday's balloting "the most exciting and consequential vote in a generation."
The Times, which also endorsed Sen. John McCain for the Republican nomination, did, I believe, a public service, and a service to its own internal morale, in making these endorsements, the first time since 1972 the newspaper has endorsed for President. More specifically the endorsements will enhance the reputation of Newton, and particularly of Hiller, who needed the boost. Regardless of the outcome on Tuesday, they will always be proud of these endorsements, as they should be.
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LAT and Other California papers Support Obama