2008 may be a Democratic year, but don't tell that to the editors of the Hampton Roads Daily Press. The southeastern Virginia daily is one of only two newspapers so far to have endorsed Kerry in 2004 and McCain this year (Gannett's Jackson Sun is the other one). In contrast, more than a dozen newspapers, including several major onesthe New York Daily News, the Houston Chronicle, and, in an historic first, the Chicago Tribunemade the move from Bush to Obama (the Daily Press, it's worth noting, is owned by the Tribune Company).
So why is the Daily Press, which has a circulation of about 83,000, bucking the trend? Are its editors contrarians? No, rather, it seems they are simply right-leaning.
So it should come as no surprise that the Daily Press labeled a section on Obama "Thin record, big government." Though the paper is not particularly enamored of Sarah Palin (who is?), it hails McCain's "experience" and repeats the conservative canard that low tax rates increase government revenue. Nevertheless, we expect that the Daily Press's thoughts on Obama will hold about as much sway with Virginia voters (even in the real Virginia) as Christopher Buckley's opinion does with the National Review editorial board.