Monday, October 20, 2008

Powell's Endorsement

Spencerblog caught Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama on Meet the Press yesterday.

Colin Powell is a great American and an honorable man. He has served his country in a variety of ways and doesn't deserve cheap shots, like the one he got from Rush Limbaugh for his failing to endorse any inexperienced WHITE political candidates.

If he believes Obama will be a transformational president who will "electrify" the world, well God Bless him.

But Powell gave away his own liberal leanings when he said he would have "difficulty" with two more Republican nominees to the Supreme Court. Bush appointees, John Roberts and Sam Alito are solid and thoughtful justices.

Obama's picks will no doubt be liberal to very liberal, and likely to impose on the nation their own political and moral views from the bench. Apparently, those are the types of justices Powell believes will be good for America.

As for foreign policy, Powell sees Obama as someone the rest of the world is rooting for and will bring America greater respect and love across the planet. It is quite apparent that our enemies as well as some of our "friends" are rooting for Obama. If elected, he will be tested early and maybe often by both.

A known quantity like McCain will command immediate respect, if less affection. His reputation as a tough guy will allow him more room to move without being tagged soft, whereas Obama will have to publicly prove himself strong enough and up to the job of Commander in Chief.

Powell is a thoughtful and good man. But his rationale for supporting Obama is far from convincing.

UPDATE: Hey, apparently Joe Biden agrees with me that our enemies will test Obama to see how he reacts. He doesn't say how but we're guessing by killing a bunch of Marines or school children.


Anonymous Bob said...

Gil - Were we watching the same Meet the Press? I thought he was very convincing. His reason for supporting Obama was delivered in a clear, and easy to understand manner. And what did you expect from the likes of chicken hawk Rush. I see that Michael Smerconish has jumped on the Obama band wagon. What I don't understand is, what took these peole so long? Can Spencerblog be far behind? Stay tuned

October 20, 2008 at 10:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two more conservatives on the court would turn back the clock even further on civil rights and on women's rights, particularly overturning Roe v. Wade.
Schwarzenegger and Ridge are two other pro-choice Republicans. It's unfair of you to dismiss Powell with a "liberal" label for not wanting to court to tip further into the ideological Right. It was quite clear from his statement that the GOP has been hijacked by the religious base at the expense of sound policy (like the choice of a very qualified VP).

You also emphasized that our enemies would be rooting for Obama. You've been drinking the same Kool-aid as Michelle Bachmann.

The bottom line is that Powell was against invading Iraq, and he knows that Obama got it right and McCain got it wrong. Powell's too good a soldier and statesman for Commander-in-Chief abilities not to be his primary judgment.

October 20, 2008 at 10:42 AM 
Anonymous randal said...

Many people have lost a degree of respect for Colin Powell over this.
Powell’s endorsement of Obama was in part about race, just as many blacks are blindly supporting their fellow Black Candidate in this election. Just as when someone says a lawsuit “isn’t about the money” you can be sure it is about the money, so too is this about race. The proof is in his own words. He said the fact that Obama is black wasn’t the “dominant” factor in his decision …but still a factor none the less.
Powell is of the wanting to see the “first black” president crowd. And like many, he is apparently willing to overlook Obama’s many flaws and drawbacks, some quite alarming, in order to see that happen. Powell is also on record as supporting Affirmative Action discrimination, which is sad considering all he has accomplished for himself in this nation. This is just Affirmative Action on the presidential level, putting race above qualifications.

October 20, 2008 at 10:54 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Hopefully not.

Saw Smerconish's endorsement a mile away. Obama told him ezxactly what he wanted to hear - that we'll announce when and where we'll get Osama. Forget that it'll cause an international incident, but whatever...

Loved the Inquirer's endorsement this weekend, never saw a dissenting endorsement come from their editors before.

October 20, 2008 at 11:24 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Black Democrat commentator Juan Williams has said he believes that Powell’s endorsement of Obama was about race.

October 20, 2008 at 12:22 PM 
Anonymous Bob said...

Steve - You said "Saw Smerconish's endorsement a mile away. Obama told him ezxactly what he wanted to hear - that we'll announce when and where we'll get Osama." Did you actually take the time to read Smerconish? That was not one of the reasons he gave for his support. I find it hard to believe that anyone expected that from Smerconish.

October 20, 2008 at 1:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smerconish was on Chris Matthew's last night. Smerconish was talking about some of the backlash he is getting from conservatives (and the nasty, racist stuff coming Powell's way). It seemed that Smerconish was finally seeing the dark underbelly and real agenda of a movement/ideology he had supported.

It kind of reminds me of the awakening experienced by Adriana Huffington. She was a point-person for the conservative movement, until she got a peak behind the curtain at their real agenda and formed the

October 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM 
Anonymous r said...

What “racist” stuff coming Powell’s way? Merely pointing out that his endorsement of Obama being partly based on race –based on his own words- is not “racist” by any dishonest apologist Liberal stretch.

And you might want to be careful using Huffington as an example of an upstanding Liberal, DDD. Have ya read her bio? Lol…

October 24, 2008 at 12:31 PM 

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