This, perhaps, would seem a formality given that the CTrib is in Obama’s home state. However, it should be noted that they have never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. This is their first time. It should also be noted that while they endorsed Illinois homeboys Ronanld Reagan & Abraham Lincoln, they did not endorse Republican Ulysses Grant who was also from Illinois.
“We… think Obama would govern as much more of a pragmatic centrist than many people expect.
We know first-hand that Obama seeks out and listens carefully and respectfully to people who disagree with him. He builds consensus. He was most effective in the Illinois legislature when he worked with Republicans on welfare, ethics and criminal justice reform.
He worked to expand the number of charter schools in Illinois–not popular with some Democratic constituencies.
He took up ethics reform in the U.S. Senate–not popular with Washington politicians.
His economic policy team is peppered with advisers who support free trade. He has been called a “University of Chicago Democrat”–a reference to the famed free-market Chicago school of economics, which puts faith in markets…
When Obama said at the 2004 Democratic Convention that we weren’t a nation of red states and blue states, he spoke of union the way Abraham Lincoln did.
It may have seemed audacious for Obama to start his campaign in Springfield, invoking Lincoln. We think, given the opportunity to hold this nation’s most powerful office, he will prove it wasn’t so audacious after all. We are proud to add Barack Obama’s name to Lincoln’s in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States.”