On Meet the Press this morning, Colin Powell did, indeed, endorse Obama. When the tape is available, I’ll put it here. Powell cited Obama’s judgement, ability to cross lines, willingness to bring people together, and eloquence in his endorsement. He admitted his profound respect for John McCain, but spoke of issues with McCain’s judgement on the economic crisis and the tenor of his campaign, among other things.
I’m not sure how I feel about Powell’s endorsement. Powell’s endorsement of the war was the thing that swayed me. I lost a lot of respect for him after that. Am I pleased that he is endorsing? Sure. Do I think that he should have had the courage to come out earlier? Absolutely. He could have come out earlier and hit the campaign trail. Of course, this will control the news cycle for a day or so, at a critical time in the waning days of this campaign. I’ll think on this some more and post later. If you have thoughts, please share.
**As promised, here’s the tape:
**Update: I expected the likes of Rush Limbaugh to blame Powell’s endorsement on tribal politics, but I really didn’t think that Pat Buchanan would go on MSNBC and claim the same. That, he did, though, on tonight’s “special edition” of Hardball. He also, by the by, blamed John Lewis’ “abandonment” of Hillary Clinton for Obama on the same. I’ve said it before and will keep blowing this trumpet: that old pol needs to ride off into the sunset. His time has passed.