UPDATE: As I predicted, they chose Clinton. I had a feeling they would go with the choice of most of the Des Moines business elite.-desmoinesdem
The speculation is swirling and the rumor mill is working at full force today as the Des Moines Register is set to endorse a candidate in their Sunday edition–which will likely be revealed later tonight.
As Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post notes here it is a pretty big deal. Jeff Zeleny, Register alum and now New York Times reporter, describes the effort of some campaigns to win the endorsement here.
Here’s a sample of some of what’s being said right now. Ben Smith at the Politico says:
“But I hesitate to predict: Newspaper endorsements are notoriously neurotic, and driven by internal dynamics and the writers’ image of themselves as much as by anything easily predictable.”
I’m not sure how true that is at the Register, but I’ve been trying to work sources in the newsroom and all I know is that the Democrats have been fighting hard for the endorsement.
Marc Ambinder says the endorsement will drop soon:
“….probably in the early evening… and no one knows who… although all the campaigns have guesses, and at least one of them has an office pool.”
I know most of the campaigns will have folks down at Register HQ trying to get the first early copy and report back as soon as they can.
And finally, the biggest gossip so far, comes from the Hotline:
“Buzz is that the odds are with Barack Obama…
The paper’s support for John Edwards in 2004 catapulted him to a second place caucus finish. This year, though, he competes for the nod with a ‘fresher’ face in Obama.
Obama’s anti-war position could be the deal sealer. Edwards supported the 2002 Iraq war resolution, but has since said the vote was a mistake.”
They’re the only ones predicting so far…at least that I can find. So, consider that a bold prediction.
I won’t make any predictions or offer any odds. But how about you guys? Who do you think will get the endorsement? All I’ll guess is that it will be one of the top tier candidates: Clinton, Edwards, or Obama. Vote below the fold.