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Ken Adelman Backing Obama

By Michael D. Shear
First Colin Powell. Now Ken Adelman?

Adelman is the latest Republican foreign-policy heavyweight to endorse Sen. Barack Obama, telling the New Yorker's George Packer that he intends to vote for the Democrat in two weeks.

"When the economic crisis broke, I found John McCain bouncing all over the place. In those first few crisis days, he was impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird," Adelman wrote, according to Packer. "Having worked with Ronald Reagan for seven years, and been with him in his critical three summits with Gorbachev, I've concluded that that's no way a president can act under pressure."

Adelman was a key part of George Bush's defense agency and has held senior policy positions under Presidents Reagan, Ford and even Nixon. He's a staunch conservative, though he has broken with Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld over the handling of the Iraq war.

But he told Packer that Sen. John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate was the last straw.

"That decision showed appalling lack of judgment," he wrote in an e-mail, according to Packer. "Not only is Sarah Palin not close to being acceptable in high office -- I would not have hired her for even a mid-level post in the arms-control agency. But that selection
contradicted McCain's main two, and best two, themes for his campaign -- Country First, and experience counts. Neither can he credibly claim, post-Palin pick."

In today's Post-ABC tracking poll, Obama is winning 22 percent of conservatives. That's his best showing yet among these voters, and if the percent holds on Election Day, it would be higher than conservative support for any Democratic nominee since 1980.

Obama also wins 12 percent support among Republicans in the tracking poll -- exactly double Kerry's 2004 Election Day haul.

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it has been my belief that mccain's choice of palin was only a red flag, but it was his erratic reaction to the economic (near) meltdown that disqualified him from consideration. the statements by powell and adelman confirm that thinking. for many, it's not that obama is that great, but when the other runner is disqualified one need only to finish in order to win. couple mccain's policy lurching with his campaign's lurching, often times into hateful territory, and you have trouble supporting this guy even if you want to. i'd like to support mccain, but i can only vote based on what i've seen, heard and read, and neither my brain nor my gut will allow me to pull the lever for ol' johnny and hockey mom.

Posted by: phosgene | October 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

good on ya is obvious that the much vetted?? Repugnican is going to have a breakdown.. and we will all be stuck with a female version of Cheney.

Posted by: jayagoldengirl | October 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I could never vote for a ticket that has Sarah Palin on it! Sarah Pain supports using low-flying planes to chase to exhaustion wolves and bears and then riddling their bodies with bullets, oftentimes resulting in a cruel, painful and prolonged death as shown in this ad which is playing in battleground states:


One especially barbaric incident--after killing the wolf mothers, they took the pups from their dens and shot each of them in the head RATHER THAN TAKING THEM TO A WILDLIFE CENTER!!!!!!!!!

"Biologists shot 14 wolves from a helicopter. On the ground, they discovered and killed the pups, which were orphaned by the helicopter shooting."

Posted by: Shelbysez | October 21, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"...if the percent holds on Election Day, it would be higher than conservative support for any Democratic nominee since 1980."

Did 20+% of conservatives favor Carter over Reagan in 1980????

Posted by: fulmination | October 21, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

NeoCons("conservative" on "conservative" INTERVENTIONIST and GLOBALIST "Republican" imperialism..and FOR domestic socialism(just look at the backrounds/positions/PARTIES) of the NeoCons such as Adelman...they "me too!"ed the unConstitutional socialist alphabet mostrosity FedGov installation on America.

One of the WORST was the UNCONSTITUTIONAL agency Mr. Adelman was the head of.

the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

From the bowels of the Kremlin to the halls of the UN where "NeoCon" Kennedy in 61 said it would be our policy to support disarmament....and pressured the Congress to enact the proposals that both the Soviets AND American Elite BOTH wanted... in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
Its goals were stated quite openly(??) in the State Department Doc 7277 where the goal of the US is the COMPLETE surrender of the CONTROL and OPERATIONS of the US Military to the Security Council of the United Nations...and its Undersecretary of State for Security Affairs...was a Soviet for 40+ years(including Gulf War 1)...NATO(being an Article 51 Treaty being under the CONTROL of UN SecCouncil) Korea, Vietnam, and all the US interventions since have been under the legal? aegis of the UN SecCoun....

The ACDA was enacted to ENACT THE RECOMENDATIONS OF Kennedys' pronouncements and the State Dept goal of..

General and Complete Disarmament under the United Nations..

hence/ergo the END of the United States and our soveriegnty(what little is left)

And Mr. Adelman and rest of the NeoCons are to be "admired"?????

McCain's imperialism, though bad and militaristic, pales when compared to BHO and his global makeover plans.....National Service like Mussolini at home and PeaceMAKING Corps all over the world.

No wonder the socialist NeoCons are jumping onto the Fabian Freeway of Obama..and his forieng policy team of US murder/starving-condoning in Iraq Madame Harpy Albright and Ortega Bros/Ayatollah installer Dr. Brzezinski.

How predictable...

and Bipartisan

Posted by: ChrisBieber | October 21, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell has publicly stated what many thinking Republicans and Independents have disclosed privately.

There are a significant number of "conservatives" and Republicans voting for Obama. I call it the "ObaPalin Effect".

It works this way. Many thinking "conservatives" and Republicans liked Obama and some of his policies, but not enough to vote for him, until McCain picked Palin. Palin's demonstrated ignorance of national issues has really hurt McCain's desire to hold onto Moderate Republicans and conservative Independents in any significant majority.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 21, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Ken Adelman, Chris Buckley, Peggy Noonan" are, of course, white. (Well, pale pink, if you're talking actual skin tone, with a summer tan in the case of Adelman.) Noonan has not (or, not yet) endorsed Obama, so far as I can tell. She does say that the "Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It's no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism." Adelman has had to eat crow over his early cheerleading for the Iraq war. He is a bona fide "free markets and democracy" Republican from the Reagan era. Christopher Buckley is a famous conservative (GHW Bush speechwriter) and son of an even more famous conservative.

For decades (well into the Nixon years, arguably into the early Reagan years, and to some degree, during the GHW Bush years) conservatism and Republicanism included strong support across the board for personal liberties; personal responsibility; less government involvement in personal choices; no direct meddling in foreign governments/wars; top-quality education; rational (fact- and science-based) decision-making; and conservation of resources and unspoiled places; and an unwillingness to tamper with the constitution.

Such conservatives still exist. They find no place in a party that allows significant aspects of our foreign policy and our conservation ethics to be hijacked by millennialists who consider wars and devastation as an acceptable aspect of the "end times" and ideology-driven hawks. They recognize that the current drive for ever-greater infringement of personal liberties from the right is far more offensive and intrusive than the "you shouldn't say that" meddling of PC mavens on the left. And they deplore the anti-knowledge, anti-science mindset that is taking root within the Republican party.

At the same time, religious conservatives are becoming ever-more-aware of what is called "consistent ethics of life." That involves supporting humane and godly treatment of people "from conception to natural death." Some of them are connecting the dots between money-making by Halliburton and needless deaths in foreign wars... taxpayer money disappearing into a black hole and children left homeless... health care stock dividends going up, and health care access going down... Economic desperation and the fracturing of the family.

As a result, some conservatives and some republicans and some conservative republicans are supporting Obama on the issues, and because he demonstrates a potent blend of rationality, personal responsibility, Christian service ethic, and respect for the US Constitution (having taught constitutional law for 12 years).

For the sake of the Republican party's future, I'd like to think that at least 40% of conservatives and 30% of Republicans, still hold to these values--and that half of them have noticed that Obama embodies these values more consistently than McCain does.

Posted by: JFS_in_PA | October 21, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Hear is a site that shows that McCain has ties to the KKK In this article McCain praises a Senator that has passed away who was a member of the KKK and says he was one of the best Seators he ever knew.

We need to know the extent of the relationship McCain had with this racist Senator. Pass this on

Posted by: jcarmon | October 21, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

IMcCain and Palin are using Obama's work ethic of talking with "Joe The Plumber", to create smear tactics. First of all, Joe did not finish High School. Secondly, he appears to be working under someone. Thirdly, he does not have a plumber license. McCain's comment to Joe, "Joe you are rich", to me is a code for, if you allow me to use you for profit and gain to the White House, I will pay you a large sum of money.

McCain and Palin appear to be acting like Jessie Jackson.

We need to be asking McCain off the wall questions like, Why did you have three failed marriages? Isn't it true that the number of failed marriages you have had represent failure? how many times did you cheat on your wives? McCain if you could would you marry the wives at the same time/ McCain what was the full extent of you having to marry three times? McCain if appears that you have seriuos communications issues with woman. McCain we need to know your involvement with the "Keating 5 scandal" to the fullest extent.

This is what McCain is doing to Obama. They are trying to throw him off track with stupid issues that do not make sense. This is why Republican are jumping ship. There will be whites that jump the ship on the Republican side of the house. The Republican boat is sinking

Posted by: jcarmon | October 21, 2008 4:34 AM | Report abuse

First I believe that Rush Limbaugh is back on his illegal drugs. I am not sure if he was using crack or cocaine. He appears to be a follower of the KKK. He is using the race card to scare whites to vote for Puff Daddy McCain (Marsh Mellow Man)

McCain and Palin are using scare tactics to get the whites to vote for them. I beleive if they could, all minorities to include Obama would be exported to Africa. McCain, Palin and Rush Limbaugh are showing their true KKK selves. Obama is trying to be an all peoples guy and they do not want that. When McCain and Palin get finish, they will cause Riots.

Rush Limbaugh is already sending codes words to suggest to whites that if the Republicans loose the race that they Riot.

McCain looks like the white version of "Sanford" on "Sanford and Son". The only difference in him is that he voted for Bush 90% of the time and does not know how many houses he has.

Posted by: jcarmon | October 21, 2008 4:14 AM | Report abuse

There’s anxiety around the whole globe about these elections and almost every nation waits for the only decent choice made by the American people and that is Mr. Obama. Make no mistake, however. If Obama is elected, the American people will have to make SOME sacrifice, but this is peanuts compared to the Mr.Mc-Cain/ Ms.Pail-joke, who are running AGAINST any reasonable doubt. It is they who don’t have any experience, retrograding themselves to a couple of idiots, trying by whatever silly and foul means to discredit Mr. Obama. Just the wording, ‘leftie’, ‘socialist’, ‘terrorist’ and so on. Why are the American people so (seemingly) afraid of decent healthcare (I pay 19 euro for a two month of ‘Medicare’ which is all but completely free. (Americans, break your leg in Belgium and you don’t pay a dime). This is social. We all pay for it. For all our countrymen. You can’t get a loan here for a house that will never be yours. Foreclosures are VERY rare here. We have a decent controlled income tax system (which could be better towards the super-rich here I agree) and a stable currency, thanks to the EU. Here you can save and get your savings guaranteed by the state AND get a decent percentage. You will never loose your savings, or your pension. It’s getting harder here too, but stability is our keyword. (bank-saving! ) Our government-system, (which the American people seem to hate that much) will take care of you, get you loans and payouts, social housing,…If THAT is SOCIALIST, well, I embrace it. No cardboard boxed people here. No illiteracy, free dental care up to 18, cheap higher education for everyone and so on. If the American people still want to live in the past , think they won’t have to sacrifice something, still judge people by colour of their skin, you’re empire is down the drains for good. It’s time to realise that the ‘dream’ of getting super-rich coming from hard work is only Hollywood nonsense, bare a few. That 1% of your super-rich got it 99% from their ancestors and THEY are not likely to save you, they couldn’t care less. THEIR money is safe. But I’m wrong, am a ‘liberal’, ‘a leftie’, a ‘socialist’, a ‘commie’. No, I am a European citizen and certainly no ‘leftie liberal’. And I don’t care of skin colour or religious insanity (America is by their constitution a secular country!)
Make the right choice, the world needs Mr. Obama for your still great nation. But it is all up to you to show strength to save the American people, not just a few of them and let the rest rot. As I said, it’s up to you, your conscience and the respect for the future of your own children.

Posted by: janverboven | October 21, 2008 3:44 AM | Report abuse

It probably means the real conservatives out here are willing to take a loss so that they can spend the time reclaiming their party from the crazies.

Posted by: retiredzoomie | October 21, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

I think it is great the he's backing Obama

Posted by: roverfind | October 21, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Ken Adelman, Chris Buckley, Peggy Noonan . . . where are all these black Republicans coming from? I thought there were only four: Colin Powell, Alan Keyes, Condoleezza Rice, and Clarence Thomas. Now they're coming out all over the place!

Well, you know Ken Adelman is just a racist, sticking up for "his people," like Powell and the rest of them.

You know, you Republicans better dump Keyes, Rice and Thomas immediately, because it's just a matter of time before their deep race urges overcome the thin veneer of Republicanism and they all come out to support Obama too. They just can't help it. Best to dump them now and save embarrassment later.

Posted by: nodebris | October 20, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, are the neocons, who opposed Obama BIG TIME from day one, now afraid of retaliation?

Too late.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | October 20, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

"impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird ............. that's no way a president can act under pressure."

McCain panicked when he saw the polls and pick Palin as VP. The single most damaging decision of the campaign. It was reckless, impulsive and dangerous.

2 weeks to go. Dang! This has been a long campaign!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 20, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has been acting erratically ever since he selected Palin for his running mate. When the economy failed his behavior became bizarre. Stresses on any president in the next few years are going to be extreme . They will be fatal for someone in McCain's health and mental state. When he steps down we will then inherit his Palin fiasco.

Now Colin Powell has recognized these facts and has endorsed Obama as being a cool-headed and logical leader who is more fit for the presidency.

Kipling said it best:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

He was talking about men like Obama.

Posted by: seemstome | October 20, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who feebly argues -- hoping it's an argument -- that Obama shouldn't accept the endorsement of prominent Republicans because they worked for Bush entirely misses the point. These prominent Republicans have learned a great deal, including the lessons of the mistakes of the Bush years, and now have brought that wisdom to a new perspective! Obama welcomes anyone who sees the promise of his campaign!

Unlike McCain and Palin, Obama and Biden are interested in bringing the country together. For Obama and his supporters, there is no "us" hating "them".

Posted by: cturtle1 | October 20, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The question isn't whether Adelman would hire Palin, but whether Palin would hire Adelman.

And if he thinks this will win him a sinecure in the new regime, he's sadly mistaken -- he's far more likely to be among the first put on trial.

Posted by: info42 | October 20, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse


The reason Adelman can vote for Obama the "socialist," is that no one outside the blogestphere, and FOX News wingnuts, thinks Obama is a socialist. "Socialist" is just the GOP mantra for the week.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 20, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

...If one stops to think...

McCainObamaCo =

1./ pro-nuclear,
2./ pro-coal,
3./ pro-offshore oil development,
4./ ect., ect., ect...


Nuclear Leaks and Response Tested Obama in Senate (NY Times):

--Obama's radioactive-leaks bill "caved-in" to Power Co., he reaps largest contribution!!!

The Dirty Truth About Clean Coal (BusinessWeek)

Autism Risk Linked To Distance From Power Plants, Other Mercury-releasing Sources (ScienceDaily)

(2008) US House report: The Truth About America's Energy: Big oil Stockpiles Supplies and Pockets Profits:

--in 2004, Congress released millions of acres of protected public lands to oil drilling, yet: Onshore = only 13 million out of 50 million acres have been developed,; Offshore = only 10 million of 45 million acres developed / Any increase in domestic oil production = even higher windfall profits = closer scrutiny!!!!


The Colossal Magnetic Levitation Wind Turbine simply uses permanent magnets to provide an output equal to a small nuclear power plant--electricity at $.01 per kilowatt hour, with a tiny $53 million price tag!!! Plus, its low-center-of-gravity = perfect for offshore = unlimited potential = areas surrounding the US = 24/7!!!

And: Thin Film Solar Power--Cheaper than Coal? (The Oil Drum)

And: Nader opposes nuclear, coal, oil energy, supports wind, solar.

Plus, don't miss:

CommonDreams (2):

Obama's Sub-Prime Conflict:

--Obama's Finance Chairman (Penny Pritzker) = behind sub-prime crisis!!!!

The Real Legacy of the Reagan Revolution:

--McCain's Campaign Co-Chairman (Phil Gramm) = enabled Enron!!!!

And: The Truth About Buying A Foreclosed Home (

--first hike-up rates, next offer foreclosed houses at market value--versus what's still owed = such a property is an ASSET to the bank, not a liability!!!!

Posted by: MichaelLWagner | October 20, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't the obvious question to the "conservative Republican" Ken Adelman be "who would Ronald Reagan have voted for in this election?"

Ronald Reagan would not have voted for a socialist candidate for President who threatens to reverse the very free market, personal responsibility principles that he (Reagan) held so dearly.

Adelman should be embarrassed for using President Reagan's name in his arguments for the Messiah, Barack Obama.

President Reagan would have voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin.

(I am still trying to figure out how the Adelman's of the world denounce Sarah Palin but plan to vote for a liberal with no executive experience.)

Posted by: rmnm0902 | October 20, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse


Clearly, Adelman is only edorsing Obama's white half (or so the conservadrones would have you believe).

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Ken Adelman is endorsing Obama solely because he is black and Obama is, too!

Oh, wait: Adelman is white. Why is a white conservative endorsing Obama? It can't be because he actually thinks Obama will make a better president than McCain, can it?

Posted by: carolinagirl2 | October 20, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The reasons to elect Senator Obama and Senator Biden to the highest office of this country are compelling and overwhelming. There is truly no merit to Senator McCain and Gov. Palin campaign. In all cases the McCain/Palin ticket have greatly disappointed the American people, their political party and the process. The distortion of facts the promises of there campaign are not in the best interest of the country nor the American people. Obama/Biden clearly have a direction and path they intend to take. It has been articulated clearly, express in a comprehensive manner and knowingly to all of us that they are the best to handle the difficult challenges ahead. Let us all be mindful that then game is not over until 12 p.m. (midnight) Tuesday November 4th.


Posted by: JoseMidwestHeartland | October 20, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Obama. I thought that Sen. Obama was against President Bush and would not accept endorsement from one of the Bushies. It was after all Colin Powell who argued for the War in Iraq before the UN. Can Sen. Obama remember that far back?

Posted by: Wiel | October 20, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Whatever else you believe about polls, you can discount one that claims one in five "conservatives" will vote for Barry. Vote for Barr, maybe. But there's no way a "conservative" is going hand an extremist ideologue like Prof. Obama the power to appoint judges and stuff the federal bureaucracy with nasty hard left nutjobs.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 20, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

If McCain weren't running for president he'd probably endorse Obama too!

Posted by: JohnDoug | October 20, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

We saw a similar consensus from the left towards Obama when he began to put Hillary away in the primaries. Now moderate Republicans are coalescing around him two weeks before the general. Wonder what that means...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 20, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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