Powell Endorses Obama


Another ringing endorsement for Senator Obama

I hope the reich wing is listening closely to the reasoning for these endorsements that continue to come fast and furiously now. I hope there is still some semblance of "country first" in reality left among them. We can't expect this country to heal until those on that side of the aisle stop only reaching across the aisle to slap someone across the face.

It's time to try to heal this nation. We can only hope that now is the beginning.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!


Meanwhile the Obama campaign is reporting $150 million raised in September. It was expected to break $100 million and this far exceeds that expectation.

This endorsement is a real "biggie" for Obama!

I know most Dems could care less what Powell thinks, but he carries a lot of weight among independents and 'mod' Repubs. And his reasons have much logic, as he pointed to Obama's inclusiveness compared to McSame's narrow campaign. This is a good thing!


I know most Dems could care less what Powell thinks

I think that he is one of the most universally respected men in the United States. I believe he was ill-used by BushCheneyCo when he served as Secretary of State, and it was obvious when he stepped down after the first term that he was extremely uncomfortable with that administration. His endorsement didn't affect my vote; I've already voted. However, this vote of confidence from Powell adds to my confidence in Obama in the areas of military and foreign affairs.

he carries a lot of weight among independents and 'mod' Repubs.

Precisely! Powell's basic denouncement of Palin as McCain's vice-presidential choice is a stunning blow to the Republicans. Not only did he not endorse McCain, he specifically named Sarah Palin as one of the reasons. That will hurt McCain a lot with the "moderate" Republicans and Unaffilated voters.

this vote of confidence from

this vote of confidence from Powell adds to my confidence in Obama in the areas of military and foreign affairs.


Democratic Party circles are in raptures over Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. One can see the heavily-blinkered logic behind their elation; now that our national politics has been reduced to a petty squabble over spoils among shifting factions in the imperial court, a nod from a consummate courtier like Powell is indeed a glittering prize for an ambitious prince.

But out in the real world, where the operations of imperial power have left smoking trails of murder and ruin across the globe, the "endorsement" of a man who played an indispensable role in the slaughter of more than a million innocent people in a war of Hitlerian aggression should be regarded as a thing of shame, and vociferously rejected by anyone with a scintilla of honor or morality.

In fact, it is not too much of a stretch to say that Colin Powell is more responsible for the mass murder spree in Iraq than any other person except George W. Bush, who gave the actual order for the hit. For it was Powell who "made the sale" for the Bush Faction's deceitful warmongering campaign, with his infamous February 2003 presentation to the UN, laying out the false evidence about Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction. After that farrago of artfully delivered lies, the American Establishment – urged on by the fawning, bloodthirsty commentariat – lined up solidly behind the war. After all, if Colin Powell – so "reasonable," so "honorable," so "honest" and "bipartisan" – stood foursquare behind the Bush case for war, then it must be ironclad.

This was, again, the logic of courtiers, with little connection to reality. Powell's reputation as a wise, moderate, impartial statesman – the very thing that made him the most effective shill for the war crime in Iraq – was itself almost entirely a fiction. By the time he made his shameless UN appearance, Powell had already spent almost four decades as a bagman – and frontman – for some of the most vicious and ugly elements in American politics and government. From the My Lai massacre to Iran-Contra, from Washington's long and murderous collusion with Saddam to its long and murderous campaigns to remove him, Powell has been instrumental in perpetrating or covering up atrocities and abominations on a gigantic scale. [For details, see Robert Parry's investigation, "The Truth About Colin Powell."]

Since his departure from the Administration – after staying on long enough to see Bush reconfirmed in power – Powell and his legion of apologists have peddled the myth that he was "stabbed in the back" in his UN presentation: given a false bill of goods with assurances they were true, misled and manipulated by incompetent intelligence analysts and Machiavellian White House insiders, etc., etc. Such stories may help Powell sleep better at night, and they have certainly helped rehabilitate his fictional reputation to the extent that his endorsement is once more considered a worthy prize. But they suffer from one small defect: they are blatantly false.

Powell knew – knew beyond a shadow of a doubt – that he was offering rank lies, cooked intelligence and dubious assertion to the world at his UN presentation before the war. Earlier this year, Jonathan Schwarz provided a devastating demolition of Powell's UN testimony, showing how it was belied at almost every point by the actual intelligence reports – which Powell had read before the presentation. Powell knew the case for war against Iraq was riddled with holes – holes patched with outright fabrications and the knowing manipulation of data. He presented it anyway; he made the sale. And a million innocent human beings have die for it.


Paul, if all you can do is cut and paste

someone else's deluded opinion, then just don't bother. Really.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I think this is important because of what it wasn't.

If McCain had managed to get this endorsement it would have changed the narrative for a couple days. The media would have pounced on the "comeback". As it is, the next 48 hours will be all about Powell and Obama. Especially if he were to hold a private meeting with him on Monday night, with the press just getting footage of him going into Powell's house. That would insure at least 48 hours. Was he asking him to serve? What position?

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Powell follow-up

After Meet The Press, Powell meets the press outside:

So there!

And of course McCain counters with his own high profile endorsement, from a Mexican-American soap opera actress. "I'll see your Powell and raise you a Katie Barberi."

Powell's Endorsement

This week, Barack Obama gets to tout the support of Colin Powell, a heavily-decorated Republican and respected general.

This week, John McCain gets to tout the support of Joe the Plumber, some guy no one had heard of who admittedly had the balls to ask Obama a tough tax question to his face and on camera ... but not the sense to realize that everyone would soon find out he doesn't pay taxes anyway.

John McCain, even to moderates, has certainly left the realm of viable candidates in this race.


Powell Endorsement

This is absolutely a huge deal. So many Indies and Repubs who were leaning Obama but on the fence, or nervous from the robo-calls now have reason to come home.

This boosts the military vote both at home and abroad.

This quells the experience question. If a man as experienced as Powell believes that Obama is ready, then the opposite opinion of my neighbor Joe the Electrician carries much less weight.

This makes Obama seem more amenable to bi-partisanship that McCain who can only tout Joe Lieberman as his supporter from the other side of the aisle.

Finally, while some on the fringe may say that Powell only endorsed Obama because of race, that will not be an effective line of attack. Powell is extremely popular among mainstream Republicans and any attack on him will turn them off. They may not vote for Obama, but they very well may stay home.

If McCain handles this the right way by being respectful to Powell, the endorsement will not be a game-changer.

If we, as Obama supporters, do not get too complacent or cocky, it could very well be a game-ender.


Should you feel the need to prove how non-complacent you are, you can donate a buck or two to my Obama fundraising page here.


Big with leaners

A lot of the Republicans I knew at NC State had a huge amount of respect for Colin Powell. When many "true conservatives" were calling for people like Gingrich to jump in a lot of my friends (young, moderate Republicans) were hoping that Powell would run. For him to endorse Obama is likely going to be a big deal.

And by the way, how disgusting is it that Rush "Painkiller" Limbaugh has already attacked Colin Powell for being racist?!?!?!?! He said that "He has never endorsed a liberal, inexperienced white candidate". I can't believe that crazy people like him are even given time on the air anymore. Its disturbing to think there are enough people who agree with him that he still makes money.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

I have a theory.

I think he makes his batshit crazy stuff up. It's all a game to him, and others like him. They don't realize how dangerous the game is, but it's a game nonetheless.

When I lived in Pittsburgh, there was a morning radio show called Quinn and Bananas. "Quinn" was the straight man, Jim Quinn. The team split up, and Banana Don started working with someone else. Jim Quinn started doing Right Wing Hate Talk Radio. (This is early 90's.) He got huge in Pittsburgh. I don't know if he's still there, or if he went on to bigger and better things. As far as I know, he wasn't fat and obnoxious enough to make it really big in Hate Speech Radio.

The thing was -- it was all a game, and everyone knew it. He was playing a character, just the way he was before on the Quinn and Bananas thing.

Paul M.s comments are unpublished.

He's a concern troll who just called one of our regular readers and commenters a Nazi. End of discussion.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Thanks Robert, as Bru says

when he finally explodes, it will really make a mess. I hope you invited him to leave.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I say let the boy wear himself out

Don't ask him to leave. He's not hurting anyone but himself, in my opinion.

I don't think his calling someone a nazi whom we all know to be a thoughtful contributor is making any impressions helpful to the kid's "cause."

In fact, the obvious limits of his repertoire just highlight the fact that he's unable to even vent successfully. (This is why I fear an explosion of septic gasses could be pending.)

A thoughtful contributor

Is not someone who suggests that people should be tried and possibly executed for treason when they exercise their first amendment rights to express unsavory opinions.

PS: Obama would consider using a nuclear first-strike on Iran if necessary to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons. LOL Just a friendly reminder.

An Important Endorsement

Powell’s endorsement of Obama was a huge benefit to the Obama campaign. As a well-respected Republican general, Powell brings a great deal of experience and ethos to Obama’s relatively green campaign. The fact that he has immense experience in foreign affairs, enthusiastically supports Obama, and believes in Obama’s preparedness, has definitely influenced political moderates and independent voters. Powell was so logical and meticulous in deciding whom to support, which is something that many undecided voters I have spoken with appreciate. That Powell prefaced his endorsement by saying that either man would make an excellent president was diplomatic, and the fact that he waited so long before deciding who to publicly endorse shows how much thought went into his decision, and made me respect his endorsement more than I might have had it come earlier in the race. Powell’s assertion that Obama is the right person to lead our country at this point in time because of his intelligence, his ability to inspire, and his inclusion of all Americans reaffirmed my own beliefs that Obama is my candidate of choice, and inspired me to have more conversations with moderate, undecided, and conservative voters. Powell’s eloquent and powerful endorsement addressed so many of the concerns, particularly those of experience, that I have heard from voters while interning for the Obama campaign. I found that many of the registered Republicans and undecided voters that I spoke with after Powell’s endorsement were more inclined to consider supporting Obama. Powell’s endorsement of a member of his opposing party demonstrates that while McCain may be nicknamed the maverick, Obama is not focused on partisan politics; Obama’s message extends beyond the democrats, to all people in the United States. Although Obama has had the same message all along, hearing it from a respected Republican is exactly what many undecided voters needed in order to have faith in the campaign message and in Obama’s ability to carry it out.
I was so thankful that Powell addressed the issue of race not being a factor in his decision, because although people like Rush Limbaugh dismissed the endorsement as one of racial affinity, addressing the issue quelled the concerns and speculations of many to whom it would make a big difference. Powell’s focus on Obama as the presidential candidate and not the black presidential candidate or the democratic presidential candidate made for a particularly poignant endorsement and made his message relatable to all audiences. I was interested by the fact that Powell chose to express such concern about the direction of the Republican party, and due to the importance of this election and to the number of registered Republicans who share his concerns, think that his endorsement was much more influential than endorsements of either candidate by other well-know figures.