Gen Colin Powell tells Meet the Press, “I Want That One.”

This is beginning to look more and more like a landslide victory, folks.

I just finished watching Gen. Colin Powell on “Meet The Press” as he gave his endorsement to Barack Obama. The most respected African American in the entire Republican Party, a military man whose friendship with John McCain goes back more than 25 years and who has a national approval rating of more than 80 percent, just threw his support behind the Democratic candidate for president. He essentially said, “I love you, Johnny, but I’ve already been on one sinking ship and I’ll be damned if I’m going down on another one.”

Gen. Colin Powell

But more importantly than that, Powell’s endorsement signals the intense dissatisfaction that many moderate Republicans have with the direction their party has taken in recent years. The Lee Atwater/Newt Gingrich/Religious Right era of intolerance and required obedience to madness may be finally coming to a close for the simple reason that it has proven to be a potentially fatal form of political cancer that must be removed immediately if the patient is to survive.

In short, those who have been in control of the Republican Party in recent years have pushed their party about as far right as it can go without it becoming a serious threat to the rest of us who have had to live with the consequences of these lunatics behind the wheel.

Sen. McCain couldn’t choose the vice president he really wanted – Sen. Joe Lieberman – because Lieberman is a Jew, which means he isn’t a conservative far-right Christian fundamentalist, which means he was unacceptable to that toxic segment of the party. That crew has always regarded McCain with suspicion as not being willing to sufficiently tow the line on their non-negotiable issues such as abortion, etc. For that reason, McCain wound up picking a far-right religiously fundamental wacko from Wasilla who he barely knew just to keep the Religious Right quiet and on board with his campaign.

That choice is now widely acknowledged to have been a disaster.

MItt Romney, the only other candidate in an amazingly weak field who measured up on just about all the key Republican issues such as keeping taxes low and supporting the Iraq war, fell short in the end because he is a Mormon. This means, of course, that Romney can’t possibly be a bible-thumping, hallelujah-shouting fundamentalist Christian. So even though Romney’s record was much more aligned with those Republicans who want someone willing to tow the Republican line instead of being a so-called maverick, they still couldn’t swallow that Mormon thing. Maybe if he had fallen on the floor and started speaking in tongues and prophesying they could have warmed up to him a bit, but that Mormon thing with the angel Maroni or Macaroni or whatever was just too weird.

Mike Huckabee got straight A’s in Christian Fundamentalist Values class, had a good sense of humor, seemed like a nice guy, and he was fun to listen to. Problem was that once you got past the Christian fundamentalism, Huckabee was fairly shallow on all other issues. Kind of like Sarah Palin, except I doubt he would have ever signed on to the idea of Alaska as a separate nation. Plus there was always a general sense of decency  about Huckabee, regardless of whether you agreed with his beliefs. I could never see him saying some of the things at rallies that Palin has spewed forth so effortlessly, nor could I see him attracting that kind of pitchfork-and-ropes-in-search-of-low-hanging-branches crowd. Which, of course, means he didn’t measure up to the required ball-cutting standard implemented by the Lee Atwaters of the party.

Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani were both a couple of punch lines. Enough said.

John McCain --AP PHOTO/ Matt York

Sen. John McCain --AP PHOTO/ Matt York

Which brings us back to John McCain, who essentially received the less-than-enthusiastic nomination of his party by default. Their bloodthirsty willingness to now savage him in public rather than rally around their man, is simply more evidence that he was never really their man to begin with. There is a reason why McCain at one time was seriously considering switching sides to join the Democrats. If you don’t believe me, watch Frontline’s “The Choice.” Although I have never heard any whispers that Colin Powell was ever considering such a switch, his anger at Bush Jr’s administration and the far-right direction of his party has been known for quite some time. And although he answered with a quick yet terse “yes” when asked after the “Meet the Press” interview whether he was still a Republican, the interview left no doubt that he was sending the loudest, brightest fireworks-enhanced message he possibly could across the bow of the Republican Party that they had better come back home to basics or risk an internal meltdown that could make Wall Street appear to be a mild inconvenience by comparison.

SHAMELESS PLUG: Read my wife’s blogs @ The “D” Spot Redeux and BlackLiberalBoomer.

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~ by Keith A. Owens on October 20, 2008.

6 Responses to “Gen Colin Powell tells Meet the Press, “I Want That One.””

  1. Suddenly because Powell is endorsing obama he is not as evil as he used to be? Yet, Powell was the one encouraging the Iraq war claiming they had WMD. Anyone with intelligence knows that Powell is endorsing based on race.

    98% of black people are voting for obama just because he is black. White people are split between obama, nadar, and McCain. Think about it.

    The truth is this is a race campaign. The Democrats control the senate and congress and have the lowest approval rating in US history. The Democrats couldn’t even beat Bush in the elections thus why they are going after the black vote in the US, about 45 million blacks. Thus, why obama voted present over 130 times, avoided the tough issues, and never challenged his party leaders on senate to preserve his political career. Only 143 days on state senate when he decided to run for office.

    The Democrats lost because the US is not a socialist/communist system. Americans fought against Nazi Germany, their socialist party, and communist USSR for decades, just to name a few.

    Again, Clinton supported deregulation and introduced FTAs like NAFTA. That is why the US economy was strong during his administration. McCain also supports deregulation and fights for FTAs like NAFTA. These initiatives will help our economy. Our economy is very important, McCain is better for our economy. I hope people get educated before they vote.

    US businesses create US jobs. obama wants to limit the growth of US businesses, which is limiting the growth of US jobs. If you increase tax on US businesses they will either just relocate to a lower tax country taking American jobs with them, pass the added tax cost to consumers or go bankrupt. GM and Ford can barely compete globally and obama wants to tax them more. The smaller businesses that are reliant on GM and Ford will also be greatly affected, destroying more US jobs.

    The US is the land of opportunity not the land of equal outcome. Why should government take your money and give it to people who are already on welfare to spread the wealth?

    What Caused Our Economic Crisis? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RZVw3no2A4

  2. ^Lol.

    I dont see the big deal about Powell’s endorsement, to me he is late to the party, and still has some answering to do about his former employer. But if it makes people feel happy.

  3. I wanted to stop by to let you know that you have won the Brillante Weblog Award, at http://thehappygoluckybachelor.blogspot.com/2008/10/award-tour.html
    Congrats you got two.

  4. If you really want to see what an economy looks like with low taxes, few government regulations and were there are few government services provided to the poor…just go to any of the third world countries.
    I’ve lived in one. The rich were very rich, the poor…very poor. Workers were not allowed to unionize. Corruption was rampent. The rich could afford to buy politicians.
    The only people who had to pay taxes were the civil servants.
    Everyone else got paid in cash so there was no taxes deducted.
    The rich controlled the politicians so they paid little..if any taxes.
    The government was very unstable. A coup on average every 3 years.
    There were people who lived in mansions surrounded by high walls and right beside them were squatters who lived in shacks made out of cardboard and corrugated tin.
    The rich ate imported food and drank imported liqueur. The poor ate leftovers from restaurants .

    It’s nice to dream of a utopia where there are few taxes and few rules.

    But if you want to see one in action…try living in a third world country for a year or two…then report bacd

  5. Sarah,

    Obviously I strongly disagree with your analysis of the situation, but opposing views are welcome and thanks for stopping by.

    Mike,

    First of all, thanks so much for the award! That really means a lot, seriously. As for Colin Powell, I confess when my wife first told me this was coming down I felt pretty much as you did. But after actually listening to his full endorsement, plus his post endorsement press conference outside, I’ve come to believe that what he did really was pretty significant. Although it is very late in the game, true enough, I think it was aimed as much at the Republican Party as it was at McCain.

    When someone of Powell’s stature in the party tells them their house is on fire and the only one who can put it out is liberal Democrat? Yep, that’s pretty strong stuff.

    I agree that Powell has forever left a stain on his name and integrity after the part he played in supporting the Iraq war, but at least he was man enough to admit he screwed up, why he screwed up, and is trying to do something to rectify his mistakes. Of all the Bush crowd, Powell is the only one who has come forward and spoken out against the madman, and that’s worth something, I think.

  6. Academic proof of media bias http://journalism.org/node/13307

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