General Colin Powell served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush. He upset a lot of Republicans back in 2008 when he jumped shipped and endorsed Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States. He did it again this morning in an appearance on CBS This Morning. His reasoning is sound…
While you’re in the video watching mode, Towelroad has the video of President Obama’s appearance on Jay Leno’s show last night.
I used to be a faithful viewer of NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday mornings, but I have somehow lost interest since David Gregory took over. I will sometimes catch ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, but George has always struck me as an opportunistic weasel. I can’t watch Fox’s Fox News Sunday for a couple of reasons – I don’t really care for Fox News and I think Chris Wallace is one of the least bright people on television. So, more or less by default, I usually find myself watching CBS’s Face the Nation.
Bob Schieffer’s guest this morning was General Colin Powell. I hope that not many Republicans were watching, because General Powell was actually making sense. That’s a rare commodity among Republicans these days. This business of a Republican making sense frightens me more than just a bit because if more Republicans start making sense, more Americans are going to start listening them and the Republican party will once again become a force in American politics. When that happens, the extreme right wing of the party is just going to take over like they did last time and the United States will again be subjected to a lot of damage.
In reality, though, what do you think the chances are that the extremist Cheney/Limbaugh/Gingrich wing of the Republican party is going to listen to an intelligent man like Colin Powell? I don’t think we have much to fear. In that spirit, I feel fairly safe in posting the video of the general’s interview from this morning…
Colin Powell is a four-star general in the United States Army (retired), served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State. Colin Powell even sold his soul to the devil to help Dick Cheney and George W. Bush sell their war in Iraq in 2002 and 2003. Yet Dick Cheney would choose Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell. Rush Limbaugh. Don’t believe me? Here, watch it for yourself…
Schieffer brought up recent banter about the Republican Party’s future: “Rush Limbaugh said the other day that the party would probably be better off if Colin Powell left and just became a Democrat. Colin Powell said Republicans would be better off if they didn’t have Rush Limbaugh out speaking for them. Where do you come down [on this]?”
“Well, if I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think,” Cheney replied. “I think my take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican.”
“So you think that he’s not a Republican?”
“I just noted he endorsed the Democratic candidate for president this time, Barack Obama,” Cheney said. “I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest.”
“And you said you would take Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell.”
“I would, politically.”
Rush Limbaugh -drug addicted blowhard who wants America to fail. Dick Cheney would take Rush Limbaugh (below, left) over Colin Powell (below, right).
Powell said both Obama and Republican John McCain are qualified to be commander in chief. But he said Obama is better suited to handle the nation’s economic problems as well as help improve its standing in the world.
“It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Sen. McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“But I firmly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue, even with a new face and with the changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue basically the policies that we have been following in recent years,” Powell said.
“I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain.”
Powell’s endorsement has been much anticipated because he is a Republican with impressive foreign policy credentials. At the same time, he is a black man and Obama would be the nation’s first black president.
Powell said he was cognizant of the racial aspect of his endorsement, but said that was not the dominant factor in his decision. If it was, he said, he would have made the endorsement months ago.
Powell served as secretary of state in President Bush’s first term, and helped make the case before the United Nations for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. A retired general, Powell also was the nation’s top military commander, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the first Gulf war under President George H.W. Bush.
Secretary Powell did appear before the United Nations and spouted the Bush administration’s lies in support of the invasion of Iraq, but he has long since said that he regrets making that error. I am sure Senator Obama welcomes his support, just as I am sure the right wing attack machine has already began their smear campaign against him.
Here is part of what General Powell had to say as he was leaving the NBC studios following his guest appearance on Meet the Press this morning:
In the other piece of big news, the Obama campaign reports that it raised $150 million in September. Did you catch that? One hundred fifty million dollars. (Bringing the total that Americans like you and I have raised to help elect our next president to over $600 million.) Senator Obama definitely made the right decision when he decided to go with public financing of his campaign rather than take the government handout as Johnny McCain did. We new the number was going to be big, since the Obama campaign has been outspending the McCain campaign four to one in some markets, but we has no idea it would be this big. Good on you, America!
WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama raised more than $150 million in September, a stunning and unprecedented eruption of political giving that has given him a wide spending advantage over rival John McCain.
The Democrat’s campaign released the figure Sunday, one day before it must file a detailed report of its monthly finances with the Federal Election Commission.
Obama’s money is fueling a vast campaign operation in an expanding field of competitive states. It also has underwritten a wave of both national and targeted video advertising unseen before in a presidential contest.
Campaign manager David Plouffe, in an e-mail to supporters Sunday morning, said the campaign had added 632,000 new donors in September, for a total of 3.1 million contributors to the campaign. He said the average donation was $86.
The Democratic National Committee, moments later, announced that it raised $49.9 million and had $27.5 million in the bank at the start of October. The party has been raising money through joint fundraising events with Obama and can use the money to assist his candidacy.
Obama’s numbers are possible because he opted out of the public financing system for the fall campaign. McCain, the Republican nominee, chose to participate in the system, which limits him to $84 million for the September-October stretch before the election.
Again, I disagree with the premise of the last paragraph. The financing of Senator Obama’s campaign has come from the public. Senator McCain took a check from the government. Big difference. (And Johnny is, of course, whining and complaining.)
However, as Senator Obama keeps reminding us, now is not the time to get cocky. (I have not yet popped the cork on my bottle of champagne.) We still have 16 days of campaigning ahead of us. You still need to hit the contribute button at the top of the left column (if you can).