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Colin, George, and Rush

Well, it didn't take long for both George Will and Rush Limbaugh to do the obvious.  Both of them have responded to Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama (this morning on "Meet the Press") by saying that the only reason Powell made the endorsement is that Obama (like Powell) is black.  Really, guys?  Do you really want to tell perhaps the most respected person in America that he is, essentially, a racist?  Did you listen to Powell's remarks on "Meet the Press"?  I mean really listen to them?  It seemed to me that Powell sounded almost sad that he had to turn his back on McCain and the GOP.  He is, after all, a lifelong Republican.  But what he said was that he'd been disappointed by McCain's response to the economic crisis, that he'd been disgusted by the tone of McCain's campaign, and that at the same time he had been impressed by Obama's steadiness and strength.  I do agree that in calling Obama "a transformational figure" he was, in a way, referring to his race, as well as to his youth and his eloquence and the number of people he has brought into the political process.  But Powell makes it clear that his choice was about far more than race, and I, for one, take the man at his word.

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kmarkhoover
Oct. 19th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
GOP racism
lol, what a surprise
davidbcoe
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: GOP racism
Agreed
jp_davis
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Wow, no shock at all on Limbaugh, but I'm kind of surprised that Will was so direct about it. Disgusting. Let's just sit back and wait for them to decry Powell's clear leftist record.
davidbcoe
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Powell's indictment of the GOP in general and the McCain campaign in particular was so strong that they have little choice but to play it this way.
markwise
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
I think Colin Powell's endorsement matters to the people who think highly of his politics. I for one don't so this is really much of a non-issue. Yet the media are going to play this up to be a huge deal and act like Obama just got christened by God or something. He is just another person.

I did like McCain's response. "I have the endorsement of 4 former Sec of States and 27 Military Officers." So this one guy isn't going to mean that much.

davidbcoe
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Well, he's not "just another person." He is, according to every poll out there, one of the two or three most admired people in the country, and he's especially popular with independents and moderates. I don't know if this will help Obama or not, but it certainly won't hurt him.
carolf
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
The story isn't really Powell's endorsement. It's the backlash.

I think the story was most evident in National Review firing Christopher Buckley. The hate mail/calls following his essay explaining why he was endorsing Obama -- an essay his father would have written in similar circumstances -- astounded him.

In his next essay I read, he pointed out that this backlash exemplified precisely what he had originally said about the party, which was one reason he was voting for Obama.

The Republicans are eating their own. It is not pretty.
davidbcoe
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
No, not pretty at all. Another example is Kathleen Parker, a conservative commentator who write some disparaging things about Palin and was savaged.
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