It's ironic and sad. Gen. Colin Powell's redemption is in direct proportion to the diminishing of John McCain's honor.
While it's now McCain who's dying for Bush's sins, Powell, who was once tacked up on that cross himself is now one of the few Republicans in the post-Bush era with his reputation intact.
He announced his support of Barack Obama on Meet the Press, a major blow to the McCain/Palin campaign. It's
another nail in the coffin; a knell of death; beginning of another ending; and a sign the end is near for the impoverished, dishonorable, ill-advised, out of gas, poorly run, and badly-imagined campaign of the John McCain.
A tragic figure, Powell has long battled neoconservatives in the GOP and the Pentagon, and is trying to inject some good sense into the national dialogue, as well as seeking atonement for being duped which led to his unfortunate role in the run-up to the Iraq War.
He's achieved some redemption already: He's still respected by three quarters of Americans, and arguably the most credible Republican in the country. This move should push up those numbers some more.
Powell: "Senator Obama has demonstrated the kind of calm, patient, intellectual, steady approach to problem-solving that I think we need in this country."
McCain/Palin's claim that Obama is a wild-eyed, unknown, far-left ideologue with radical friends has today grown even more ridiculous on its face. Americans have been watching Obama calmly carrying himself with dignity through these tough months while McCain veered wildly with six-guns blazing like Yosemite Sam with the laughable Palin behind him fussing inanely like a transgendered Daffy Duck.
It's yet another blow resulting from McCain's choosing the Alaska governor. Powell says the appointment raised questions about judgment.
"I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States," Powell said.
The right-wing talk radio shit machine who loves Palin, and has always mistrusted, if not hated Powell, will go after him this week. It's coming in already.
We've heard it before. Back in 1995, when Powell. the most popular Republican in the country , was considering the presidency. We remember the trashing he took from the neoconservative Michael Medved (KTTH m-f, 12-3p) and dyed in the wool, GOP sheepherder Kirby Wilbur (KVI m-f, 5-9a).
They consider Powell a "great American," but a "bad (read liberal) Republican," but not a good enough American to not bash him for this. Philadelphia conservative radio talker Michael Smerconish announced his support of Obama Friday, agreeing with Powell's arguments before he'd heard them.
It'll be fun listening to the so-called "security Republicans," like Medved, Dori Monson, (KIRO m-f, 12-3p) and Dennis Miller, (KKOL m-f, 12-3p) contort themselves to diminish this endorsement and belittle this American hero made tragic by his misguided loyalty to his president.