Orlando Sentinel endorses Mitt Romney for President — is this a big deal?

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The editorial board which hates Republican Chris Dorworth, but, at times, sounds like an adjunct of the Florida Chamber — the Orlando Sentinelhas endorsed Mitt Romney. There is conflicting opinion about whether this is a big deal.

Our man in Orlando, Frank Torres, observes:

“The aftermath of the endorsement has been disappointment and insults from Obama supporters. Get over it. It’s one endorsement. The sun will still rise tomorrow. Romney supporters have responded with sarcasm and reluctant approval saturated with more insults of their own. Here is an idea. Just say ‘Thanks’ and move along.”

It is worth noting that the Sentinel endorsed Barack Obama in 2008.

Of course, as Robert Drach tweeted at me, the Sentinel also endorsed George H. Bush’s second term, Bob Dole,and John Kerry.

Anyway, here is what the Sentinel wrote:

Two days after his lackluster first debate performance, President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes got a timely boost. The government’s monthly jobless report for September showed the nation’s unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time since he took office.

If that were the only metric that mattered, the president might credibly argue that the U.S. economy was finally on the right track. Unfortunately for him, and for the American people, he can’t.

… We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.

… Now the president and his supporters are attacking Romney because his long-term budget blueprint calls for money-saving reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, three of the biggest drivers of deficit spending. Obama would be more credible in critiquing the proposal if he had a serious alternative for bringing entitlement spending under control. He doesn’t.

… [T]he core of Romney’s campaign platform, his five-point plan, at least shows he understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are imperative — now, not four years in the future.

Romney has a strong record of leadership to run on. He built a successful business. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and mismanagement. As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with a Democrat-dominated legislature to close a $3 billion budget deficit without borrowing or raising taxes, and pass the health plan that became a national model.

… But after reflecting on his four years in the White House, we also don’t think that he’s the best qualified candidate in this race.

We endorse Mitt Romney for president.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.