Backshop’s picks for Election Day

Tuesday will prove a momentous occasion on many fronts. Here is who your favorite newspaper owners endorse (and why):

  • President – Mitt Romney, perhaps by a wider margin than previously thought possible. We believe he’ll have a laser-like focus on the economy. Plus, he’s not an enemy to small business. President Barack Obama’s policies, frankly, scare us. We believe Romney will shore up defense and justice, two areas in which we strongly place stock.
  • U.S. Senate – We’re going with State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. As much as we were (and still are) aghast at his comments about “God’s will,” we believe he will march to Romney’s fiscal conservancy beat. Does that mean we just want him added to the conservative side of the aisle? Yes, it does.
  • U.S. House of Representatives – Susan Brooks gets our nod. Some call her a graduate from Republican Clone School. We don’t see her that way. She is an independent thinker, and we believe she will be heard.
  • Governor – We like Mike Pence and his fiscal conservancy. We view him as the one most likely to not significantly alter the course charted by the accomplished Gov. Mitch Daniels (who, we still believe, should be running for president in Romney’s stead).
  • Indiana Attorney General – Greg Zoeller is our guy here. He filed suit against the Obama administration for foisting ObamaCare on us. We don’t need it.
  • Indiana Schools Superintendent – It is incumbent Tony Bennett vs. Glenda Ritz. Bennett has put in place reforms (not nearly enough), while Ritz stands for uprooting teacher evaluations and ISTEP, and she is against voucher expansion. It’s Bennett for us.

Whether our endorsements are correct is unimportant. What IS important is that everyone gets out to exercise his or her right (and responsibility) to vote. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please do your part.