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More Des Moines Register Endorsement Speculation

As Mike says, no one seems to want to concede that their candidate is even in the running for the DMR endorsement. While corresponding with one campaign aide last night, I felt like I was more likely to win the endorsement than his boss. One reason, as Mike says, is expectations-setting. I got the impression another reason was that no one wanted to "jinx" something they didn't yet have in hand--or, perhaps less superstitiously, somehow antagonize the Register editorial board by seeming too presumptuous.

Anyway, I just wanted to pass along a couple more data points in the (admittedly long-shot) case for Biden. This comes care of reader RY:

Keep in mind that the Register NEVER picks the winner on the Dems side--never. Influential--yes. A kingmaker--NEVER. Biden is the perfect way to maintain that record--it's almost become too vulgar for them to actually pick a winner.  ...

Biden's perfect--it's the "responsible" choice, so responsible it's almost apolitical. ... This year, given the near three-way dead heat, it's going
to be harder than ever to back the winning horse. So pick a guaranteed loser!!  Now when the paper doesn't pick the winner, it  can claim it was done with full self-knowledge--as a public service.

I agree. Much better to give a nice bump to a second-tier candidate than to try to play king-maker and fail.

Anyway, we'll know any minute now...

--Noam Scheiber