Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama
For a longer discussion of this subject, please see my article at HumanEvents.com This morning, on NBC's Meet the Press, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for President. On the plus side for Obama, he cited "intellectual curiousity", rhetorical ability, and a better choice of running mate. While he had many good things to say about McCain, he criticized him for not having a coherent response to the current economic turmoil and for his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate. More than seeming opposed to McCain, however, Powell was opposed toward what he sees as a continuing rightward shift in the Republican Party (in part personified by Palin's selection), including being very critical of "senior members of the Republican Party" wondering aloud whether Barack Obama is a Muslim. (This is an issue on which I've written before, with my view being that calling Obama a Muslim is a huge loser, and a very stupid tactic, for Republicans.) Some will argue that Powell chose Obama because they're both black, but I don't think that's true. I think it's clear that Powell really likes John McCain and I don't think race was much of a factor in Powell's choice; he certainly says it wasn't. In the end, I believe Powell's endorsement was predictable based on the issues that Powell said he cared about during the Meet the Press broadcast: Education, increasing aid to poor foreign nations, making America appear to be less interested in acting unilaterally, and a few other issue positions which would would expect to hear more from a liberal than a conservative, although education is a big issue for conservatives as well. The real give-away, though, was Powell's statement that he was afraid of the appointment of two more conservative Supreme Court justices, as would likely happen under John McCain. For someone who is afraid of the next Roberts or Scalia, an endorsement of anyone other than Barack Obama would be quite a surprise.
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