In Endorsing Obama, Powell Rejects McCain and the GOP

ImageColin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama today was not a big surprise. He has been hinting at it for months. The shock is in how deeply a man who was Secretary of State a few years ago has broken with his own party. Powell not only rejected McCain/Palin but the entire direction of the GOP.

What may pushed Powell to publicly endorse Obama was the GOP’s terrorist smear against Obama, They’re trying to connect him to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that’s inappropriate. Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that’s good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.” Powell said he has “heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion [that Obama’s] a Muslim and might be associated with terrorists.”

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He made it clear that he feels that this the wrong direction for the nation, “This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point. We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I’m troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.”

He also said that the section of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate impacted his decision, “She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired,” he said. “But at the same, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.”

The endorsement itself wasn’t that big of a surprise. Powell has been friends with John McCain for a long time, so the fact that he didn’t endorse McCain earlier signaled that he had some reservations. In his public speeches, he had been non-committal but speaking well of Obama. Powell has been informally offering Obama advice since he came to the Senate. This endorsement is titanic for Obama because Colin Powell is one of the most respected public figures in the United States. Everyone in the left, right, and middle respect him.

I believe that the decision to go to war in Iraq caused him to break with the GOP. The Bush Doctrine violates everything Powell stands for, and the speech he gave at the United Nations with the doctored intelligence as evidence will haunt him forever. One gets a sense that by endorsing Obama, Powell is telling America just far the Republican Party has wandered off course.

He has seen it from the inside with his own eyes, which gives him even more credibility. McCain is already trying to brush off this endorsement, but Colin Powell may have delivered the kill shot not only to John McCain’s presidential campaign, but to the entire Republican Party this morning.

Quotes came from Politico

5 Replies to “In Endorsing Obama, Powell Rejects McCain and the GOP”

  1. […] his concern about the increasing nastiness of the GOP, and its effect on his endorsement. Powell said he has heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion [that Obama’s] a Muslim and […]

  2. Colin Powell to me has been the most respected and admired military personality in the world. It takes a real man to accept publicly that he was wrong and then to stand up for what he believes is right for the country he loves and has devoted his life to. His actions today demostrate once more his integrity and objectivity on his decision making. I can see the criticism and character assassination coming, but in the end, we all are humans, we make mistakes, but we have to stand for what we believe and face the consequences. In the end, the truth always prevales. We are once more proud of you Sir!

    BTW, only cowards express their beliefs anonymously.

  3. I would have respected him if he was forthright from the very start and shown his real color. In his early interviews I sensed that he was supporting Obama. His objectivity has been tainted because his reasons for supporting Obama, I believe are just excuses to show that he has deliberately thought of this issue. This is a General who knows pretty well of the tactic of confusing the enemy. He accused the Republicans of negative campaigning but absolve the Democrats of the same tactics. Colin Powell was not fair in his accusations.

    I am not surprised John McCain’s response. They saw this coming like a freight train.

    Colin Powell “thoughtful” process of selecting Obama due to current events was never thoughtful because this was made many months ago. I am an independent and this will not sway my vote.

  4. After how he was treated and used by the Bush administration, coupled with the extreme right wing of the “right wing”, I don’t blame the man one bit.
    They used this man. As a vet, I remember when he became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He was well respected by all ranks. Even after he retired he was well received and respected with the military.
    But how the Bush Administration used him, and then tossed him aside, it just made me ill.
    When it came down to it, Powell being more rational was not what President Bush wanted. He tossed him aside for Rumsfeld.
    At one time there were those of us who saw Powell as a Presidential possibility. Not after how he was used and abused by Bush and him buddies.
    I and other vets are for Obama. Now Powell is with us.
    As a former Republican it make me ill to see how the Republican Party had degenerated into its current form.
    What is even worse are all the Kooks, as the late William F. Buckley called them moved into the Republican Party from the Democrat Party. I remember when they showed up in 1984. We fought them back, but they had a wad of money and a block of votes.
    The Republican Party went to pot after 1988. Daddy Bush sold out to the so called Christian Coalition with the help of his son, W.
    I and others walked out of the Republican National Convention in Houston in 1992 saying, “The Republican Party has left me….”
    The only real Republican is Ron Paul. And I live in his district.
    Welcome aboard General, welcome aboard.

  5. […] Notice that Limbaugh doesn’t have much on Powell except that he supported Obama. Rush can keep his head in the sand and ignore the fact that Powell gave a comprehensive account of why he supported Obama last fall on Meet the Press. […]

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