They are coming out all over! Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld joins Scott McLellen, Christopher Buckley, Colin Powell and the rush of moderate Republican politicians to jump on the Obama bandwagon.
“Sen. Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world,” said Governor Weld.
And let’s take a look at the current Newspaper Endorsement Score, thanks to Editor & Publisher:
The Obama-Biden ticket maintains its strong lead in the race for daily newspaper endorsements, by 134 to 52, an almost 3-1 margin and an even wider spread in the circulation of those papers. Obama, not surprisingly, gained the major nod from The New York Times plus The Philadelphia Daily News.
Obama’s lopsided margin, including most of the major papers that have decided so far, is in stark contrast to John Kerry barely edging George W. Bush in endorsements in 2004 by 213 to 205.
At least 28 papers have now switched to Obama from Bush in 2004, with just four flipping to McCain (see separate story on this site).
The value of endorsements have often been questioned, but such a flash flood of support is hard to ignore.