Colin Powell endorses Obama

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.

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4 responses to “Colin Powell endorses Obama

  1. sethkahn

    I have similarly mixed feelings. I’d rather have the endorsement than not, but I don’t think Powell has much more cultural capital than anybody else who was involved in lying our way into Iraq. I suppose, however, that since we’re not really the audience for this announcement, our mixed feelings aren’t really the issue. If this helps ensure a McCain defeat, then I’m happy about it.

  2. It blows my mind that MSNBC gets accused by the right of a liberal bias. Granted, no one on that network is objective, but for all the Olbermanns and Maddows, they trot Pat “I Hate Brown People” Buchanan and Joe “I Used To Represent The Second Most Conservative District In The Country” Scarborough out every time the camera is on.

    Btw, I finally stopped being lazy and added you to my blog roll.

  3. Sarah

    Suddenly because Powell is endorsing obama he is not as evil as he used to be? Yet, Powell was the one encouraging the Iraq war claiming they had WMD. Anyone with intelligence knows that Powell is endorsing based on race.

    98% of black people are voting for obama just because he is black. White people are split between obama, nadar, and McCain. Think about it.

    The truth is this is a race campaign. The Democrats control the senate and congress and have the lowest approval rating in US history. The Democrats couldn’t even beat Bush in the elections thus why they are going after the black vote in the US, about 45 million blacks. Thus, why obama voted present over 130 times, avoided the tough issues, and never challenged his party leaders on senate to preserve his political career. Only 143 days on state senate when he decided to run for office.

    The Democrats lost because the US is not a socialist/communist system. Americans fought against Nazi Germany, their socialist party, and communist USSR for decades, just to name a few.

    Again, Clinton supported deregulation and introduced FTAs like NAFTA. That is why the US economy was strong during his administration. McCain also supports deregulation and fights for FTAs like NAFTA. These initiatives will help our economy. Our economy is very important, McCain is better for our economy. I hope people get educated before they vote.

    US businesses create US jobs. obama wants to limit the growth of US businesses, which is limiting the growth of US jobs. If you increase tax on US businesses they will either just relocate to a lower tax country taking American jobs with them, pass the added tax cost to consumers or go bankrupt. GM and Ford can barely compete globally and obama wants to tax them more. The smaller businesses that are reliant on GM and Ford will also be greatly affected, destroying more US jobs.

    The US is the land of opportunity not the land of equal outcome. Why should government take your money and give it to people who are already on welfare to spread the wealth?

    What Caused Our Economic Crisis? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RZVw3no2A4

  4. ashpolitics

    Readers: I normally do not allow posts like Sarah’s to remain, but I think it’s instructive for us to see just how pervasive this thought is. Sarah joins Rush, Pat, and George Will, to name a few, in driving the racist bus over Powell’s endorsement.

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