Monday, October 20, 2008

With Friends Like This . . .

by DM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday endorsed the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama, by announcing that he would vote for the candidate.

He has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president.

He has both style and substance. I think he is a transformational figure.

I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities -- and you have to take that into account -- as well as his substance -- he has both style and substance."

Powell also criticized McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate:

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.

And, about the tone of McCain's campaign:

Mr. McCain says that [1960s radical Bill Ayers is] a washed up terrorist, but then why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have the robocalls going on around the country trying to suggest that because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow Mr. Obama is tainted. What they're trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that's inappropriate.

Powell also announced, as do many of the government employees supporting Obama, that he is John McCain's friend.

Sen. Joe Biden, the vice-presidential candidate, has made several mentions of his friendship with McCain since the Democratic Convention in August.

If I were Sen. McCain, I would find new friends.

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