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Powell’s Decision


 

The decision by former Secretary of State Colin Powell to endorse Barack Obama surprised more by the logic of his choice than by the actual selection. Clearly, it was a severe indictment of John McCain’s judgement and temperament. His references to the Palin nomination and McCain’s performance over the last few weeks during the financial crisis seemed in line with the views of many observers, including noted conservative columnists.

This is not good news to the McCain camp, despite the obvious counterspin. Though McCain can count on the support of other former Republican secretaries of state, Powell’s endorsement is significant and comes at a bad time for McCain.


 

Powell’s Decision

  1. I hope it finally wakes up the hordes of people who are buying into sleazy “edited” videos of Obama talking to the “so-called” plumber…
    I do quite of bit of dialoguing with fence sitting right leaning folks who are looking for help in making the choice…
    I threw up my hands with some yesterday – because they are indeed buying into this propaganda spewing from the McCain campaign – and referred to McCain / Palin as snake oil salesfolk who are better suited to a booth in the county fair than the white House…
    I guess that wasn’t the right approach!

  2. Why is Powell’s endorsement a good thing for Obama? I guess as a one-time Bush supporter it is not surprising Powell likes Obama, b/c Obama is pro-death penalty, pro-FISA, anti-gay marriage, anti-gun control, etc. But these are Republican policies, and it makes it hard for someone like me, who believes in liberal values, to vote for Obama. Why are progressive people, so called, FOR the death penalty candidate? Since both are pro-death penalty, that has left me with the Green Party as my only option. If the Republicans like Obama, there is something really wrong with Obama.

  3. Surprise to whom? Seriously, I can’t understand why this was a surprise. Yes, Powell is a Republican. But he’s not a nutbar republican like a large number of Bush supporters. To be fair, neither is McCain.

    Bush if not destroyed, at least seriously damaged Powell’s credibility in the world. It was the biggest mistake of Powell’s life to get talked into being the Iraq=WMD guy at the UN. Add to that the fact that Bush wouldn’t listen to him after that (shut down Gitmo), and I can’t believe he’s a Republican in the current state of Republicanism.

    As Chimera states above, many of Obama’s policies are also Republican ideals, so Obama can be seen as an attractive choice for Powell.

    And then add in Sarah Palin (of the nutbar Republican variety), and the choice is obvious.

  4. There are going to be many, many disappointed liberals in a few years. Obama is going to be a huge letdown.

  5. Obama has just indicated that he would make Powell an adviser in his White House if he wins.

    Although still bad for McCain, this takes a bit of the edge off the endorsement, makes it look more like a quid pro quo.

  6. I agree with Andrew. obama will be to middle-of-the-road “progressive” Americans what harper is likely to be to conservative Canadians.

  7. And I think it is sad that the comment directly above my last is actually civil and intelligent compared to many of the criticisms being levelled at Powell.

  8. “I agree with Andrew. obama will be to middle-of-the-road “progressive” Americans what harper is likely to be to conservative Canadians.”

    ‘Cept that conservative Canadians (to continue the analogy) haven’t spent the last eight years living under a Bolshevism that proclaimed itself eternal.

  9. Does Powell count as much as everyone thinks? For myself, he blew it 100% when he was conned into going to the UN with the bogus WMD pictures etc. He was either incompetent or deceptive. But either way, both before after that shameful exploit, he was singularly useless in his role, and I doubt if anyone can name one achievement.

    He looks and sounds good, but he was and is an empty uniform and I can’t believe I am the only person to think this.

  10. I don’t think Powell’s decision will affect all that much because Rockefeller Republicans are not a significant wing within Repub party anymore.

    And what’s with the love-in for Powell now that he’s endorsed Obama. A few years ago Powell was the anti-christ, at least for the left, for what he did in getting US into Iraq but now he’s being treated like an elder statesman that has to be listened to.

  11. Powell still has very high approval ratings amongst the public, and his endorsement will mean a lot to independent and undecided voters, and i also think the military vote, particularly in states like Northern Virginia (or “fake” Virginia, as the McCain campaign calls it).

  12. “You never know”

    Wow, that’s bold self-confidence…

  13. jwl: “A few years ago Powell was the anti-christ, at least for the left, for what he did in getting US into Iraq but now he’s being treated like an elder statesman that has to be listened to.”

    Well, you have to admit that he looks more presidential than anybody, so that helps.

    The key thing, though, is that the anti-Powell spirit was the result of acute disappointment over the UNSC puppet show: ’til then, Powell looked like the only sane member of the Bush Cabinet. The reaction against him wasn’t to say he was the Antichrist, just that he had misled moderates (his constituency) into supporting the Iraq war. Not that it really mattered, since Bush was going to invade regardless of what moderates (and, in the event, the UNSC) thought.

    It’s not a question of appealing to Rockefeller Republicans, either. Powell brings the independents, big-time.

    This is starting to look like 1984 (Reagan-Mondale, I mean, not the book).

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