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Establishment media losing Obama 'thrill'?

The establishment media cheered for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election campaign, with one commentator, Chris Matthews, famously saying he “felt this thrill running up my leg” when Obama spoke.

They have been cheering for him ever since, through his Obamacare battles, stimulus spending and multiple tours in which he bowed to foreign heads of state.

Until now.

The GOP has compiled a list of dozens of newspapers that four years ago endorsed Obama but have concluded in this presidential election that his promise of “change” has come up ‘woefully short.”

“We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years,” said the Orlando Sentinel. “For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.”

The GOP list of 28 newspapers, so far, includes several in key swing states such as Florida and Iowa.

“The nation has struggled to recover from recession for the past 40 months. Still, the economy is growing at an unacceptably anemic rate of around 2 percent a year and could slip back into recession depending on what happens in the European Union and China,” said The Des Moines Register.

“The workforce is still 4.5 million jobs short of the nearly 9 million that were lost in the recession. Longer term, looming deficits driven by Social Security and Medicare pose the single greatest threats to the nation’s economic security.

“The president’s best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short. Nothing indicates it would change with a second term in the White House.”

Before endorsing Romney, the newspaper last endorsed a Republican presidential candidate in 1972.

The nearby Quad-City Times said health care reform is “just one example of flagging leadership on an issue that defines the Obama presidency.”

“Sadly, others exist,” the paper said.

Other Romney endorsements:

The Royal Oak, Mich., Daily Tribune said Obama is “less than inspiring,” and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the nation needs something, as Obama put it, “fundamentally different” than what the president is offering.

Others joining the crowd were the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the New York Observer, the Vancouver Columbian, the Billings Gazette, the Pasadena Star-News, Capser Star-Tribune (which called Obama’s presidency “quite possibly the most disappointing … in the history of the U.S.), Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, Lafayette Journal and Courier, Joplin Globe, Shreveport Times, Cape Cod Times and Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The Quad-City Times said: “We invested heavily in hope back in 2008. Our 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney comes with an imperative for change. The change that we’d hoped would elevate our economy wound up woefully short.”