Thread: Obama Backed By Colin Powell
10-21-2008, 08:57 AM
This was a done deal. All that was up in the air was the timing:
Powell, Obama - something big in the works?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Here's a prediction: Colin Powell is going to endorse Barack Obama.
I'm not pulling this out of thin air. I'm basing my forecast on a series of phone calls that I received this week. I can't say who called me, but I can tell you one of the questions I was asked:
"What do you think the reaction would be if former Secretary of State Colin Powell - a Republican - introduced Democrat Obama at his big acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium after being made the nominee?"
My reply: "It would seal the deal. It would be the presidency."
I don't think Powell will go to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, but based on the recent conversations, I have to believe that something big is in the works.This is bigger than presidential politics. This is a battle for America.
SonnabendGuest10-21-2008, 09:11 AMIf you call a bunch of desperate partisans grasping at tenuous straws evidence, then maybe there is.... however, there isnt anything more than that.
10-21-2008, 09:53 AM
You know the more I read and hear about this thing I'm coming on the conclusion that Powell's endorsement was entirely based on race. There's no other explaination that makes logical sense. Think about it:
-He didn't tout Obama's extensive US Senate or State Senate record, because he's largely done nothing but campaign for the next highest position since being elected to either post.
-He said he chose him for his 'rhetorical abilities' and that Senator Obama has ''met the standard of an exceptional President". How has Obama "met the standard" of an "exceptional President''? THE GUY ISN'T PRESIDENT YET, HOW CAN HE MEET THE STANDARD?
-He said "because of his ability to inspire, he's reaching out across America". What does this prove? He's a great speach reader, thats it?
Not once during his Meet the Press interview did Powell list anything substantial about Obama, never listed an accomplishment.
He also hit McCain for the situation with Bill Ayers, saying "they're trying to connect him to terrorism and I think that's inappropriate." Yet if McCain had a close connection to a Neo-Nazi or a Klan member, do you think it would be a big deal?
Powell showed his true colors on this one. What a joke."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
SonnabendGuest10-21-2008, 09:56 AMNot once during his Meet the Press interview did Powell list anything substantial about Obama, never listed an accomplishment.
10-21-2008, 11:23 AMAt Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
10-21-2008, 12:25 PM
He's always been more ideologically in sync with the Democrats (a cursory examination of his political positions puts him well to the left of the Republican mainstream, especially on affirmative action, abortion and military actions) and he knows that if he is going to advance to the presidency, it will be as a "moderate" African American who can plausibly claim to have served in both parties and with genuine military credentials. What this does is take him out of the category of "Uncle Tom" (which was the Daily Kos' despicable description of him) and put him in the category of "authentic African-American leader" in the eyes of the mainstream media (which, BTW, is the extent to which race played a part, since if he failed to endorse Obama, Powell could never count on the black vote if he ever ran for office). As a calculated political move, it's a no-brainer, but it's hardly a noble gesture.--Odysseus
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10-21-2008, 12:33 PMAt Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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