Contrary to your statement, there are some that still base decisions on principles. I know from what Powell has confided that he felt completely betrayed as a pony boy during the lead up to the war with Iraq. When what we were looking for turned out completely different from what was found, he was the one that looked the ass.
I'll bet Powell's decision to endorse Obama has more to do with what I said than a decison to hedge his bets for a political future. You don't see him out on the lecture trail trying to sell you his political virtues. He's a pretty benign individual politically since leaving the administration compared to most political hound dogs.
People usually act out of what they perceive their interests to be, and then come up with justifications for their actions. In the case of my assessment of Powell, I'm looking at a career spent using the media through leaking (which, BTW, is SOP for Washington types, as it's a great way to cut the legs out from under an oppontent without getting splashed with the blood). As for jumping to the winning side, this isn't anything new for him, and it was expected in a lot of quarters. If he'd really believed that Obama was the better candidate, he'd have found a way to articulate it in terms of his own experiences and background. Instead, Powell's endorsement of Obama is a litany of DNC talking points, without any embellishment by him. That tells me that he was working from the campaign's script.
BTW, I love how Newsweek excuses Powell's protecting his subornate, who leaked the information in the first place, by saying that he was afraid of a leak! Gotta love that MSM. Meanwhile, you have the State Department withholding critical information from the Justice Department, in violation of a Presidential order. Need any more corroboration?Newsweek:
The next day, a team of FBI agents and Justice prosecutors investigating the leak questioned the deputy secretary. Armitage acknowledged that he had passed along to Novak information contained in a classified State Department memo: that Wilson's wife worked on weapons-of-mass-destruction issues at the CIA... [William Howard Taft IV, the State Department's legal adviser] felt obligated to inform White House counsel Alberto Gonzales. But Powell and his aides feared the White House would then leak that Armitage had been Novak's source — possibly to embarrass State Department officials who had been unenthusiastic about Bush's Iraq policy. So Taft told Gonzales the bare minimum: that the State Department had passed some information about the case to Justice. He didn't mention Armitage. Taft asked if Gonzales wanted to know the details. The president's lawyer, playing the case by the book, said no, and Taft told him nothing more. Armitage's role thus remained that rarest of Washington phenomena: a hot secret that never leaked.
Oh, and will you be this skeptical when Powell is appointed to a cabinet post by Obama and we argue that a deal was done?
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