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I live in the San Fernando Valley. Home of about 3 million Angelenos. The Daily Newsis our local newspaper.  The Los Angeles Times is the newspaper most people associate with Los Angeles but the Dail News is the one that most represents the Valley.

I don't like it.  Until now.  As a matter of fact, I have been trying to cancel my subscription.  It is not easy.  They keep putting it on my front door every morning. I canceled my LA Times subscription since they replaced Robert Scheerwith Jonah Goldberg.  

The Daily News features Bill O f%^&*$g Rilley every week and it is the newspaper that launched Michelle fre$@*&^ing Malkins carreer.

I just got back home and there it was.

Obama is the one

His is a message that we're a people who might be down, might be facing hard times, but we still have a bright future. It's a message that makes us feel hopeful - not helpless - in the face of the climate crisis, that we can treat the elderly, the sick and the poor as a rich nation not only can, but should. And that in the end we can and will leave the country a better place for our children and grandchildren.

I will now renew my subscription for another year.  This is easy.  Only about $14.50.  I'll send them a check.

This is a breakthrough.  I did not live here in 2004, but I do not remember them endorsing anyone in 2004.  Wikipedia does not have a record either.

I think this is very unusual.  A consistently pro-Republican newspaper like the Daily News must have gone through a lot of soul searching before they did this.

And they do not do it hesitantly either.

That's a message America is dying to hear. Obama speaks of the future in a way that Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did before him. He doesn't despair over what is wrong in America today but points to what is right and still good, and how we can become better.

Remember, the San Fernando Valley is home to the Ronald Reagan library.  It is the secessionist part of Los Angeles, always blaming the liberal political machine of Downtown.

And they don't just endorse Obama, they come down hard on McCain;

At one time, McCain seemed to embody this same sense of hope and can-doism that Obama now owns. He truly was a maverick, whose sense of decency and fairness allowed President Bush to pummel him back to Arizona in the 2000 primaries. Things have changed. McCain has drunk the Kool-Aid of Karl Rove-style campaigning. He's been embraced by the GOP machinery and, in so doing, has become the antithesis of the independent, principled populist politician he once was.

And this is how they conclude;

And finally, it makes pragmatic political sense to vote for Obama simply because he isn't the candidate of the incumbent party in the White House. There's good reason not to allow any one party to become so emboldened it forgets its role in Washington, D.C., is to serve Americans, not the other way around. Changing parties once every eight years ensures neither the reds nor the blues get too comfortable in power.

When it comes down to the choice between the two top contenders and between hope and despair, there is one clear choice. Barack Obama is the one.

So my fellow Kossacks, there is hope.  If the Daily News endorses Obama hell must be freezing over,  however warm it was today in Southern California.

Originally posted to Shockwave on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:19 PM PDT.

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  •  Yes we can baby! (22+ / 0-)

    Next I go to Las Vegas to do more canvassing.  It is fun.

    Dailykos.com; an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action -1.75 -7.23

    by Shockwave on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:20:46 PM PDT

  •  you should put LA in the title (4+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, wader, cosette, Sarah Ann

    it looks like old NY Daily News endorsement (to me, anyway).

    •  Daily News... (4+ / 0-)
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      BrooklynJohnny, Shockwave, wader, ej25

      I agree.  To me, there is only one DAILY NEWS in the US and its in NYC.

    •  Good point (3+ / 0-)
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      wader, cosette, ETF

      Thanks.

      Maybe the Breaking! will also help.

      Dailykos.com; an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action -1.75 -7.23

      by Shockwave on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:23:24 PM PDT

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      •  To me it's still the Valley News & Green Sheet (3+ / 0-)

        and I learned about newspapers' politics by comparing the Valley News to LA Times on the Watergate crisis.  I couldn't stand reading it for more than 20 seconds at a time.

        I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused

        by indigoblueskies on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:30:56 PM PDT

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        •  dammit (2+ / 0-)
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          Shockwave, Zack from the SFV

          I was going to say that! we must be about the same age. My parents liked the green sheet, they thought the times was too liberal.

          "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

          by esquimaux on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:35:19 PM PDT

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        •  The Green Sheet (2+ / 0-)
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          Shockwave, Pris from LA

            Yeah I still call it the Green Sheet. It actually used to be printed on green paper (at least the front page). Then for a while it had a green stripe on it now it is just the Daily News. I knew about the L.A. Times Obama endorsement but I was pleasantly surprised that this piece of crap paper went for Obama. They have to know the Valley is changing; we went for Kerry in 2004 by 65% and will do at least two thirds for Barack and for Joe the Senator.
             While I am here I have a couple of corrections for the diarist: Yes, there are many people in the Valley, but the population is around 1.5 million not 3 million people. (All of the city of Los Angeles is somewhere in the 3.75 to 4 million range.)
             Also, the SFV is NOT the home of the Raygun Library which is in Simi Valley. Simi is in Ventura County, not L.A. We are also not responsible for the "Conservative Icon", Tom McClintock, who is also from Ventura County.

          I'm not a Limousine Liberal; I am a Prius Progressive

          by Zack from the SFV on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:54:17 PM PDT

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          •  Oh sure, blame Ventura County. ;) (3+ / 0-)

            Actually, I'm happy to report far more Obama/Biden bumperstickers in the county, but we still have our mouthbreathers.  Yesterday when heading out a was annoyed to see a McCain/Palin bumpersticker on the gas guzzler next to us while at the same time my husband was laughing and pointing to a McCain/Palin sign in the median strip that had a circle with a line through it crossing them out.  It was too perfectly done to be anything but deliberate. It's was beautiful. I'm sure the gas guzzler occupants were not as amused as we were.

            Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? - Robert Orben

            by mentaldebris on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 11:04:13 PM PDT

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            •  Ventura is getting better (1+ / 0-)
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                I heard recently that it now has more registered Democrats than Repubs. Now if y'all help elect Hannah-Beth Jackson to the State Senate seat now being wasted by the aforementioned "Conservative Icon" (SD-19, which also has parts of Santa Barbara County) then I will love you forever. We don't want Tony Strickland to be the next GOP Boy Wonder type. His wife Audra is ridiculous, too. Vote Ferial Masry in AD-37 and then both of that right-wing power couple will be unemployed!
                 There are lots of good Dems in Ventura; two years ago I was helping my friend who was running for Assembly in a Ventura/L.A. district (Lyn Shaw, AD-38) and I was impressed with the folks in the Thousand Oaks Democratic HQ. I walked precincts in Simi Valley and survived to tell the tale...(though Lyn only pulled 39% in that race).

              I'm not a Limousine Liberal; I am a Prius Progressive

              by Zack from the SFV on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 12:18:46 AM PDT

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          •  There are over 10 million people in LA County (0+ / 0-)

            LA City population does not include Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Long Beach or Culver City for example.

            I always thought that what is north of the Santa Monica mountains was about 1/2 of LA City.  But I think you have to add unincorporated areas all the way to Westlake Village and cities like Glendale and Burbank.  That is why I guess 3 mil in what I call the Greater San Fernando Valley.

            I always thought of Simi Valley a part of this Greater Valley.

            Dailykos.com; an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action -1.75 -7.23

            by Shockwave on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 09:05:01 PM PDT

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      •  mmm, I think that kinda (1+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave

        breaks it, instead.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:32:08 PM PDT

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  •  The tide approaches... (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, gfab
  •  (not the tip jar) (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    We need a list of all the newspapers that have endorsed Obama, in one easy-to-peruse list.

    If I weren't so gosh-darned lazy I'd do it myself.  You betcha!

    Also.

    Dude, your statistical average, which was already in the toilet, just took a plunge into the Earth's mantle. ~ iampunha

    by ETF on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:23:15 PM PDT

  •  My spouse saw this earlier today (2+ / 0-)
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    exsimo2, Shockwave

    I thought it was not fully expected, but she mentioned how the Daily News sometimes has "progressive front pages", which made me blink like McCain for a moment.

    Then, she reminded me that it's only "progressive looking" to her, because she sees it every day next to the NY Post.

    Yes, well, Limbaugh would probably resemble Sen. Obama if he stood next to the NY Post.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:24:00 PM PDT

  •  Like, OMG, totally, The Valley, in the house! (8+ / 0-)

    Burbank native here.

    The Republican Party is neither pro-republic nor pro-party. Discuss!

    by Nathaniel Ament Stone on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:24:27 PM PDT

  •  Hell is freezing over (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, Pris from LA, IamTheJudge

    Be honest. Would you want to play Barbies as a girl with Cindy McCain or Sarah Palin?

    by cosette on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:24:37 PM PDT

  •  Great point made here: (4+ / 0-)

    About Republican assertions that electing the Democrat would signal the end of "America as we know it"...

    The world of America as we know it in the first decade of the 21st century is a dark, money-in-the-mattress place of foreclosed homes, unemployment, falling apart bridges, lost health benefits and a prolonged war that many would be glad to see end. It's a place where years of political policies have allowed Wall Street to gamble with the economic stability of the entire world, but the middle class can't get even a small break. Meanwhile politicians don't seem to care about anything but their sexual conquests, palling around with the monied special interests, and doing whatever it takes to keep their safe jobs with sweet retirement and health packages. No one has ever downsized the government.

    It's a place where the good ol' American ingenuity and hard work is rewarded with outsourced jobs. Where no one can even count on their carefully tended homes or retirement funds tiding them over through a modest old age.

    We think it's time to turn away from McCain's hopeless rhetoric of impending, most-certain doom to the bright side. That's where Sen. Barack Obama is.

    You know who I'm votin for? Might never know! That one.

    by vcthree on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:25:35 PM PDT

  •  Idaho Statesman has endorses Obama as well (6+ / 0-)

    And they give the usual reason for their endorsement: Sarah Palin.

    Editor and Publisher now has Obama up 103-35 in endorsements. (Kerry-Bush ended up with 212-205 or so).

    Remember: we are the ones we have been waiting for. Now do something: donate, organize, GOTV, investigate or spread the word

    by Calouste on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:27:14 PM PDT

  •  Now that is a bit shocking given the LA Daily (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, TheWesternSun

    News conservative bent, but the string of endorsements from long time Rep newspapers over the past few days may signal that should McCain lose there will be a blood bath in the Rep ranks between the fundees (led by Palin, surely with some puppetmaster pulling the strings) and the fiscal small govt conservatives (typified by the Brooks, etc.,).  At this point I'd give the edge to the fundees.

  •  "McCain has drunk the Kool-Aid of Karl Rove" (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    -style campaigning.

    The greatest sentence in the history of early morning Oct 20, 2008.

    Kennedy beat Nixon by 0.1%, and won the EC 303 to 219

    by jamtown on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:37:15 PM PDT

  •  This just gets better and better! (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    And...

    Where that excellent picture come from? I went to your web site, but didn't see it there. Very cool imagery of Obama.

    1) Obama will win, and 2) he is going to be amongst the greatest of American presidents -Frank Schaeffer

    by denig on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:37:36 PM PDT

  •  The Reagan Library is not in the SFV. (4+ / 0-)

    Remember, the San Fernando Valley is home to the Ronald Reagan library.

    Simi Valley is not part of the San Fernando Valley. It's not even the same area code! The (805) is much more conservative than the (818).

    http://tinyurl.com/taxes2008 -- Unless you're making over $111,600 a year, Obama cuts your taxes more than McCain. Pass it on!

    by td on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:38:45 PM PDT

  •  The last Democrat endorsed by (1+ / 0-)
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    exsimo2

    The Houston Chronicle was Lyndon B. Johnson.

    From today's editorial page:

    Obama appears to possess the tools to confront our myriad and daunting problems. He's thoughtful and analytical. He has met his opponents' attacks with calm and reasoned responses. Viewers of the debates saw a poised, well-prepared plausible president with well-articulated positions on the bread-and-butter issues that poll after poll indicate are the true concerns of voters. While Arizona Sen. John McCain and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have struck an increasingly personal and negative tone in their speeches, Obama has continued to talk about issues of substance.

    The Chronicle particularly doesn't like Palin:

    Perhaps the worst mistake McCain made in his campaign for the White House was the choice of the inexperienced and inflammatory Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. Had he selected a moderate, experienced Republican lawmaker such as Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison with a strong appeal to independents, the Chronicle's choice for an endorsement would have been far more difficult.

    Maybe ya didn't make the right choice there, eh, Johnny?

    And the paper also makes this relevant point:

    Obama's health care plan mandates health insurance for all American children, an issue of vital importance to Harris County and Houston, which has the highest rate of uninsured youngsters in the nation. By contrast, the proposal by McCain to offer a tax credit to Americans to purchase insurance while taxing health benefits for the first time will further discourage small business owners from providing employee health insurance.

    Well, shut mah mouth.  First Dem endorsement since Lyndon B. Johnson, who woulda thought?

  •  I live in the San Fernando Valley (2+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV, Pris from LA

    ...so I know. The Daily News is the local newspaper. It is Republican-friendly, to say the least. By contrast,the Los Angeles Times is much bigger, more intellectual, and more liberal. It is indeed a surprise that the Daily News came out for Obama.  

  •  That's pretty amazing. (2+ / 0-)
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    exsimo2, Pris from LA

    I detest the Daily News with a hatred of a thousand fiery suns. But it appears that they've actually done one correct thing in their entire history. I'm shocked. Good for them.

    ~~insertobscurereference,pretentiousquoteORsalientaphorismhere~~

    by shayera on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 11:20:52 PM PDT

  •  I cancelled mine on Sept 20th...or tried.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    Glad you posted this Shockwave...as they finally stopped my paper just a few days ago.  I called to cancel back on Sept 20th, only to be told "the earliest stop date we can arrange will be September 28th". HUH? Never heard that one before. So, fine. Only the paper kept coming...until a few days ago.  I finally got a notice in the mail telling me they are going to stop delivery due to non-payment. So thanks for posting...glad they did something right.  I couldn't stomach the O'Reilly column either!

    So where are all the Valley people going to celebrate!? (Winnetka here) Anyone going downtown?

    In the spirit of the season, if you haven't been here yet to see the BarackOlanterns...you need to check it out.  Happy Halloween!  

    www.yeswecarve.com

  •  remember, remember the 4th of November! (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    the War, larceny and plots

    the Repubs cast dispersions

    But THIS Fourth of November shall never be forgot!

    Remember us here in too in

    Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino, Winnetka, Reseda, Chatsworth

  •  One small point: (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, td

    the San Fernando Valley is not home to the Reagan Library.  That's in Simi Valley, which is not part of the SFV.

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