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Powell Endorses Obama

After months of hints and speculation, former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama this morning, a huge vote of confidence in the Illinois Democrat with just 16 days left before the November election.

"He has both style and substance," Powell said of Obama on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I think he is a transformational figure."

As we wrote on Friday, the Powell endorsement carries huge symbolic importance -- not only is he a former high-ranking member of President Bush's Cabinet but he also was the most visible face in making the case for the war against Iraq.

Powell's endorsement complicates any attempt by John McCain and others within the Republican Party to cast Obama as naive on world affairs and unready to lead in a dangerous time. Obama now has a ready retort: "Well, Colin Powell seems to trust my judgment; that's why he endorsed me."

In politics, timing is everything and Powell's endorsement comes at a sweet spot for Obama.

Yesterday in Missouri he drew an estimated 100,000 people to a St. Louis rally, and then this morning his campaign announced that it had raised a stunning $150 million in September alone -- more than double his best previous month of cash collection. And now, an endorsement from a man who is -- arguably -- the most popular political figure in the country.

Did we mention the election is in 16 days?

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Ok. Let me get this straight. One of the biggest Bush loyalist who stood up and lied about the WMD's in Iraq and just got done testifying in court as to the impeccable character and innocense of Republican Senator Stevens from Alaska, who is on trial for bribery (recieving millions of dollars in gifts and even an addition on his house). So just days later, Powell goes ahead and endorses Obama for President because he has better judgement. My god. That man is the worst judge of character I have ever seen. He tries to distance himself from Bush then gladly accepts the endorsement of Bush's former Secretary of State. Tell me Obama and his supporters are not that dumb. I mean, when it comes to politics and character judgement, Powell is clueless. All McCain has to do is air an add containging video of Powell addressing the UN about WMD's, Senator Steven's trial, then Obama's endorsement. If that doesn't make some people think twice I don't know what will. Maybe if Rumsfeld were to come out for Obama, that's the only way it could get worse.

Posted by: hoffmanuno | October 22, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

FULL DISCLOSURE. WHO IS SIGNATOR: OBAMA'S FRIEND, CONFIDANT, LOVER? The media has persecuted everyone associated with this campaign, even those not connected with the campaign, like Joe the Plumber. SO WHY THE SILENCE FROM OBAMA? IS THIS MAN HIS DRUGDEALER? HIS GAY LOVER?

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Is Michael Signator Obama's communication link to his more nefarious friends that he has been dropping like bad habits over the course of the campaign?


Signator - could be a liaison for Wright, Farakahn, Odinga, Tony Rezko wife, William Ayers so that none of these people will direct contact with Obama.

I hope someone in that area can do some real investigative work but I wont hold my breath.

Posted by: TexasTeaParty | October 20, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Like with Lady MacBeth's "Out, damn'd spot! out", Mr. Powell will never be able to run away from his record: he was the point-man for the selling of the Iraq War. He was the one that sold to the UN the lie that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

I think also that Mr. Powell's endorsement so late in the game is very cynical- he waited until Obama looked like a sure thing to join the "train of history". If Mr. Powell agrees with Obama that the War was a disaster and an unjust one, has Mr. Powell publicly apologized to the world for being the mouthpiece of the big lie?

Mr. Powell, you are a traitor to your party, your country and yourself.

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 20, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

General Powell articulated a very thoughtful and powerful explanation for his endorsement. The bases and the method by which he came to his decision should be a model for all voters.

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A model for all voters? This is the man who sold us and the rest of the world the bill of goods known as weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which was done in support of going to war. Was the same base and method used in reviewing intelligence concerning WMD in Iraq? If so, does not say much about his endorsement.

Posted by: Verrazzano | October 20, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I visit lots of news sites; always read the comments (as many as I can); and have never found a place with more "appalling nonsense," not to mention poorly written prose, than these comments. Is this usual for WaPo?

Posted by: PensiveGadfly | October 20, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

FULL DISCLOSURE. WHO IS SIGNATOR: OBAMA'S FRIEND, CONFIDANT, LOVER? The media has persecuted everyone associated with this campaign, even those not connected with the campaign, like Joe the Plumber. SO WHY THE SILENCE FROM OBAMA? IS THIS MAN HIS DRUGDEALER? HIS GAY LOVER? (Both of those conjectures have been fully revealed by bloggers seeking the truth.) Of course, you won't see these questions posed by the media to OBAMA, because he's "The One" and not to be investigated, questioned or even spoken to directly. Obama is too important, and too FAR ABOVE THE PUBLIC - FAR SUPERIOR TO HIS FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANTS to be so humanely examined. Butl on the other hand, it's just fine for Obama, the media, the sick sycophant bloggers to try to harm a woman of courage and conviction - a family woman, a loving mother, a HUGELY popular governor (imagine an elected official who has maintained their integrity while garnering 80 PERCENT of their public's approval). Silly me......... INTEGRITY IS A WORD NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH OBAMA

Posted by: DemocratForPeace | October 20, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

General Powell articulated a very thoughtful and powerful explanation for his endorsement. The bases and the method by which he came to his decision should be a model for all voters.

What is so great about America - our constitution gives us the right to free speech, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I have no doubt that everyone posting their thoughts here love America and the constitution that gives them all their rights and freedoms. The greatest test of being patriotic is the willingness to pledge allegiance to the symbol of America - which is our flag. Any really patriotic American would not hesitate to recite the pledge of allegiance, but I wonder how many of you would recite the pledge allegiance to the flag(with/without the word God)?

The McCain campaign has focused on dividing America between those who are patriotic and those who are not. It is wrong and shameful of someone who served so honorably to now challenge the patriotism of millions of Americans if they vote against him.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | October 20, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The appalling amount of ignorance in many of these posts only serves to counterpoint the wisom and integrity of Colin Powell's endorsement. His statement was the most thoughtful I have heard from any member of the Bush administration. He covered all of the reasons for endorsing Obama and did acknowledge that race played a minor part in his decision. Anyone who watched the announcement without prejudice had to be struck by Powell's intellect and basic human decency. Yes, he has made a couple of serious blunders, but unlike anyone else in the current administration he has admitted to them and taken responsibility.
It's sad that he was so quickly vilified by the right-wing attack dogs, but not surprising.
I do hope that he will have a strong input into the Obama administration. He is the kind of person that this country desperately needs to get us back on track.

Posted by: blbixler | October 20, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

There is no Great deal of democracy in elections its all big money are we going back ?

If all democtats, Nancy would say come on Obama we approve pull the trigger( she might think its trigger on taxes) Obama thinks now he is experienced enough and pulls of the Nuclear trigger, then he calls his foreign policy experts and asks what to do now !!!!


Enough Media stop propganda

will decide on election day whom to vote for

Posted by: mrn744 | October 20, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

do you think the dems in control, and a crazy pres like obama would save us money, or spend like crazy? i think obama has said in his speachs he was gonna spend ALOT of money huh? ALOT

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Boy some of you guys have a hard time using facts or staying on subject! A bit disoriented like John McCain?
The Powell endorsement is great for Obama and will affect some fence sittting to go his direction.
To the total idiot who tried to say that Obama would tax small buisiness at 60%? Do you really believe that? How are you able to stretch the numbers to that degree? Educated yourself and read what ALL major economist are saying regarding the 2 plans from the candidates. Obama has the better plan. Unlike your arm chair whiners, these guys know what they are talking about.

well, just name one dem pres that didnt raise taxes? (dont worry ill wait)-- they had another dem pres that raised taxes on us during a time of crisis, and put us in a DEPRESSION-- do you remember his name?

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Boy some of you guys have a hard time using facts or staying on subject! A bit disoriented like John McCain?
The Powell endorsement is great for Obama and will affect some fence sittting to go his direction.
To the total idiot who tried to say that Obama would tax small buisiness at 60%? Do you really believe that? How are you able to stretch the numbers to that degree? Educated yourself and read what ALL major economist are saying regarding the 2 plans from the candidates. Obama has the better plan. Unlike your arm chair whiners, these guys know what they are talking about.

Posted by: Grissom1001 | October 20, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Do you think they will be doing any drilling with prices at $65.00 a barrel? You don't have to answer. They have no interest in providing cheap oil to the US.

US companys have drilled for alot less than that for sure- remember when they were drilling when oil was only 28 dollars a barrell-- it wasnt that long ago huh? alot of people dont know whats going on out here-- most major companys are sellin the shelve owned properties and investing billions in deep water projects only-- because thats were the awsome oil finds are-- i wish most americans have seen what i have seen on these reserves-- it would blow your mind--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

the overseas oil will be forced to sell it cheap-- or they can keep it --trust me-- WE HAVE PLENTY OIL HERE

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

the more we drill the futher the prices will go down-- when you flood the market with oil the prices go down--simple--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

oh, and the pieline goes streight in louisiana-- keep it real ok--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I hate to burst your bubble but no one is drilling for oil. The oil companies already said it would cost about $100.00 a barrel just to get the new oil. It would have to be sold for at least $150.00 to $175.00 a barrel to make it worth doing. The new leases will not even be available to bid on for 5 years. then add another 7 to 10 years to that before the first drop of oil comes in. Then it will be on the open market and probably go to China anyway. I am sorry, no one is going to be spending billions finding and drilling for oil just so they can sell it cheap. Dream on. Oil companies have 68 million acres to drill on now and they are not doing it. It is better for them to just buy someone else's oil and sell it at a mark up without having to lift a finger. They don't want to be in the oil business anymore, they want to be resellers.

i hate to burst your bubble sir-- i work for a oil company-- the problem is that her dont support offshore drilling and the leasing of gov. own blocks-- we have found oil resurves out in the gulf of mexico that is awsome-- go look up the shell perdido -just one deep water project--and the oil companys are spending billions on these deep water projects-- go take a look

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse
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Do you think they will be doing any drilling with prices at $65.00 a barrel? You don't have to answer. They have no interest in providing cheap oil to the US.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 20, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

How many white liberals has Powell previously endorsed? Get the picture?

Posted by: JamesCPA | October 20, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I hate to burst your bubble but no one is drilling for oil. The oil companies already said it would cost about $100.00 a barrel just to get the new oil. It would have to be sold for at least $150.00 to $175.00 a barrel to make it worth doing. The new leases will not even be available to bid on for 5 years. then add another 7 to 10 years to that before the first drop of oil comes in. Then it will be on the open market and probably go to China anyway. I am sorry, no one is going to be spending billions finding and drilling for oil just so they can sell it cheap. Dream on. Oil companies have 68 million acres to drill on now and they are not doing it. It is better for them to just buy someone else's oil and sell it at a mark up without having to lift a finger. They don't want to be in the oil business anymore, they want to be resellers.

i hate to burst your bubble sir-- i work for a oil company-- the problem is that her dont support offshore drilling and the leasing of gov. own blocks-- we have found oil resurves out in the gulf of mexico that is awsome-- go look up the shell perdido -just one deep water project--and the oil companys are spending billions on these deep water projects-- go take a look

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I admit that I am surprised by Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama, even as the Republican he is. I absolutely welcome that. He is quite intelligent, and I would automatically assume that seeing both tickets in full, like the rest see these tickets with all four candidates, I imagined that he would be pressed to step back and REALLY develop a full, intelligent and thoughtful analysis. He stepped back and looked at the entire situation, who we have on these tickets, their abilities, their strengths, measuring their judgment based on their choices, how they reacted to recent situations, temperament, their campaigns, and he took into consideration of this country, and coming to a conclusion of which of the two standing tickets would be best to serve us of the two, and more POSITIVELY beneficial and inclusive. Everything he said, I was onto that a long time ago already, since learning of Obama. I think he really touched something I thought only I really noticed, and he described it as an "intellectual curiosity." He is knowledgable, intelligent, and competent and he takes careful consideration in selecting expertise in terms of this country, obviously. He is knowledgable, but where he comes short, he is competent and willing to get to the bottom of the information, and I've noticed that long ago. I want that in a president, THE NEXT president. I am thankful that Colin Powell, too, noticed this feature, whereas I've not seen from McCain and that is a component that worries me. I think we can do better. I am thankful that Powell did not vote for McCain simply being a fellow Republican for x amount of years, and I am thankful that he equally considered Obama, and held Obama to his perceived high, intellectual, and competent standards. I agree with him from A to Z, but it didn't take me as long as it took him to realize the qualities he listed. I am thankful Colin Powell took his time, however, and not judging in haste. Bravo Sir!

He intelligently laid out his case with facts to back up why he concluded that the current Republican ticket is less credible and ready for the job than Obama's ticket on a variety of reasons. He also touched on an intelligent point, which I can further tell he has been educated in areas where Obama has and I understand through their talking points, that the current Republican ticket plays with ignorance to some of their ignorant supporters. I don't mean that as an insult, I mean that they just don't know what they're doing. I am pleased that Colin Powell told the story of that young man that served our country and here we have other "patriotic" citizens, including a certain campaign, to play into feeding on the ignorant of how culturally diverse this country is....it's just....

Colin Powell was right in his talking points from A to Z. I'm glad he took a step back and REALLY looked at these two tickets and what they bring to the table.

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 20, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 7:35 PM |

THIS MAN IS A WHINER. MOST SMALL BUSINESSES WON'T BE AFFECTED. THIS MAN IS WORRIED THAT HE MAY HAVE TO PAY AN EXTRA 15-20 OR 25K." -GATOR RON

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Obama Takes A HATCHET To Small Business

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama’s magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC’s and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner’s personal 1040!

If you’re the owner, you’re going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you’re an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

“From each according to this ability, to each according to his need”
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Someone Please point out how Marx's comment is different from what Obama said to Joe the Plumber in OHIO???????????????

GatorRon- Are YOU quoting Phil Graham with that brilliant "Whiner" remark? It's a LOT more than 25K, but even it were- that's one salaried position in some businesses....multiplied by millions of small businesses and many more positions per large business.

Hey ReptileGuy, can you say 12% unemployment? (I knew you could).


Posted by: thecannula | October 20, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

And the reward for those who die while participating in Jihad we find in Sura 4:74:
“Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah. Whether he is slain or gets victory soon shall we give him a reward of great value”
How, then, should we interpret these verses? Or rather how do Muslims choose to interpret these verses? In order to answer that we need to go to he whom the Muslims consider as their Paradigm for interpreting these verses, and a universal model for all Muslims to follow, for all time, and for all places, namely, Muhammad, and ascertain how he would have used violence, or tolerance for those under his jurisdiction.

Posted by: schneemans | October 20, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

In the Qur’an, there are references to Jihad, either by name or by inference in 149 verses, and the more violent form of Jihad, called Qital (sword verses) is mentioned in 34 verses! This proves its importance for Islam today.

Let’s just look at a few of these verses in the Qur’an:
Referring to Pagans, sura 9:5 says:
“But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay those who join other gods with Allah wherever you find them; besiege them, seize them, lay in wait for them with every kind of ambush...”
Similarly, referring to Christians, sura 9:29 states:
“...Make war upon such of those to whom the scriptures have been given as believe not in Allah, or in the last day, and who forbid not what Allah and his apostle have forbidden...until they pay tribute...”
Concerning the unbelievers we can refer to sura 47:4 which says:
“When you encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads, until ye have made a great slaughter among them...”
In sura 8:39 we find a similar admonition:
“And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression. And there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease, verily Allah doth see all that they do.”

Posted by: schneemans | October 20, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

What, then, is the goal of radical Muslims? When you talk to them, you quickly find that they believe Allah has created mankind for a purpose, namely, to submit to him. In that submission, Allah has stipulated how mankind is to act and live. The best model for mankind is what they term the Khilafa, or Islamic state, controlled by Shariah law. Thus, their primary aim is to dismantle the entire Western system of life and replace it with the Islamic Khilafa, using three forms of Jihad (meaning to strive): 1) against one’s inner self, 2) against Satan, and 3) against the enemies of Allah (Qital), almost always by the use of the sword (i.e. Violence).

Posted by: schneemans | October 20, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

According to a recent poll of four mainly Muslim nations, taken in March 18 of 2004, by the Pew Global Attitudes Project of the Pew Research Center, around 31% of Turks now support the radical movement of Osama bin Laden, while in Morocco it is 45%, and in Jordan it is 55%. Of particular concern, according to this poll, support for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, one of Islam’s largest countries, has risen to 65% of the population, or roughly 80 million people, and this in a country which now possesses atomic weapons!

While not all Muslims are evil terrorists, we cannot neglect to take these fundamental features of Islam into consideration.

Posted by: schneemans | October 20, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

In the United Kingdom, the mood among resident Muslims is becoming ever more negative with regards to the West, particularly against the governments of the United States and Great Britain. According to BBC (Gallup) and Q-News polls, taken in 2001, immediately following the 9/11 incident, radical Muslims made up roughly 15% of the Islamic community within the United Kingdom. By 2002, however, the radicals had gained up to 25% of the U.K. Muslim population. Following the recent Iraqi war, and the atrocities uncovered in the Abu Ghraib prison, that figure has probably moved even higher; and this, in a strong Western environment, situated outside the traditional world of Islam.
If one were to look to traditional Islamic societies where people are fed anti-Western views regularly, with little recourse to alternative opinions, the statistics are even more disturbing.

While not all Muslims are evil terrorists, we cannot neglect to take these fundamental features of Islam into consideration.

Posted by: schneemans | October 20, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

We need to understand who these people are who are perpetrating these acts, and then we need to ask what their goal is, and from where they get their authority?
These groups of Muslims around the world who are carrying out the violent acts against the West go by many names. In Lebanon they are known as the Hezbullah (The party of God), in Palestine the Hamas, in Egypt, the Islamic Jihad, and in the United Kingdom by both the Muhajiroun, and the Hizb ul Tahrir (the party of liberation), etc.
Many pundits in the West seek to dismiss these militant elements as irrelevant extremists, representing only a small minority of the Muslim community. Recent research shows, however, that they are rapidly growing in numbers and importance, and are prepared to die for what they believe.

Posted by: schneemans | October 20, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Powell said he was troubled that some Republicans — he excluded McCain — continue to say or allow others to say that Obama is a Muslim, when he is a Christian. Such rhetoric is polarizing, he said.
"He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is , what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America," Powell said. "Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?"
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In the last three years the media has been replete with people defending the testimony of Islam, remonstrating against the violent acts of September 11, stipulating that this was not, nor ever has been an example of Islam, since Islam is a religion of peace, evidenced by a prophet of peace, exampled by a history of peace

Posted by: schneemans | October 20, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Yep! So Birds of A Feather Really Do Flock
Together,as both disgraced failure as a
Bush 43 Sec of State and Incompetent
Bush 41 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs the
worlds biggest brown-nose and greatest
liar outside of Liar in Chief George W Bush
about WMDS Colin Powell and Messiah Barack
Hussein Obama the Secret Muslim Manchurian
Candidate,Self Proclaimed And Bragger About
His Own Cocaine Addiction Marxist/Socialist
Democrat Liberal Loser and Patholobical
Liar Obama and Powell really do deserve
each other since they are both shameful
egomanic power mad political opportunists
that sold their souls and everything else
to the Devil! NO WAY OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!
Colin Powell Your Words Are That Of A LIAR.
So go hide in your shame and guilt!

Posted by: sandylong5274 | October 20, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The only suprise of Powell endorsing Obama is that he waited as long as he did. Is anyone really suprised that one black man endosed another black man. I mean considering that he served under multiple Republican administrations and even flirted with running for President as a Republican does anyone really believe that Powell shares the same politics as the most liberal polotician to ever run for the office of the Presidency? I mean Powell is fairly liberal but come on.

Posted by: RobT1 | October 20, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Imagine for a moment if Colin Powell had given his endorsement to John McCain. Imagine how republicans and the McCain campaign would have spun it. Imagine what would have been said throughout conservative talk-radio. Imagine what the media narrative would have been for the next few days, if not the remainder of the campaign. Imagine that sinking feeling in your gut that it would have caused. Why did both Barack Obama and John McCain seek Powell's endorsement? Because it matters.

Posted by: kaneblues | October 20, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was awesome. I only wish he'd done it a few weeks ago.

Posted by: angrykeyboarder | October 20, 2008 6:49 AM | Report abuse

It is entirely possible to look beyond the politics of the past and view this endorsement strictly from a strategic perspective. It's no coincidence that Powell made his endorsement this Sunday. The story of the day is the Powell endorsement. Tomorrow, the Powell endorsement will also be the story on the 24hour news shows. That's two days at least that the endorsement will dominate the political news, two days that the McCain campaign will be asked to discuss the endorsement when they desperately want to talk about other things.

With the election only a handful of days away, this is the crunch-time when dominating the news cycle actually matters, particularly for a campaign being out-spent throughout the media market and part of it's strategy is relying on the free media to get the message out.

Yes, there are legitimate issues of Powell's past that should be discussed. However, debating such issues now wont solve anything. So for now, just enjoy the pure panic that this endorsement has caused within the republican party and the McCain campaign. Appreciate the many narratives that this story will generate about the many problems of McCain and his campaign. This is a tremendous gift in countless ways for the Obama campaign.

Posted by: kaneblues | October 20, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

obamas energy plan--- search for a new energy source within 10 years, and spend billions doing it--RIGHT? -- can all americans buy new cars to burn this new energy source? NOPE-- will you suffer with high gas prices while he LOOKS for a alternative energy source--YEP-- BEACUSE OBAMA WONT DRILL FOR OIL---

does everybody agree that we cant purchase new cars for a new energy source? now ask yourself how important oil is right now? is it a matter of national security? is our enemies using it as a weapon against us? what must we do?

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse
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I hate to burst your bubble but no one is drilling for oil. The oil companies already said it would cost about $100.00 a barrel just to get the new oil. It would have to be sold for at least $150.00 to $175.00 a barrel to make it worth doing. The new leases will not even be available to bid on for 5 years. then add another 7 to 10 years to that before the first drop of oil comes in. Then it will be on the open market and probably go to China anyway. I am sorry, no one is going to be spending billions finding and drilling for oil just so they can sell it cheap. Dream on. Oil companies have 68 million acres to drill on now and they are not doing it. It is better for them to just buy someone else's oil and sell it at a mark up without having to lift a finger. They don't want to be in the oil business anymore, they want to be resellers.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 20, 2008 4:17 AM | Report abuse

There are quite a few influential Republicans, aside from Colin Powell, who are openly supporting Obama/Biden. In addition, there many others who are refusing to support McCain/Palin. Sadly, I doubt that it will make a difference. I do _not_ believe that this country ("All men are created equal...") will elect a black man as president. Sure, Obama/Biden are leading in most nationwide polls, but not by nearly as much as their clearly higher quality as candidates would suggest that they should be. Moreover, there are still a lot of "undecideds". Many decideds and "undecideds" will wake up on election day and falsely convince themselves that they are voting against Obama for very rational reasons when, in reality, they are voting against him because he is black. That's how it is. These people will vote against their own interests because Barack Obama is a black man. I hope this effect (Bradley effect) is not great enough for McCain/Palin to win, but I fear that it is. The Ayers, ACORN, socialism nonsense that is being spewed about Obama is nonsense; and worse, it is just code for Obama is black, and so I don't trust him, and so I won't vote for him. That's the name of that tune!

Posted by: ptgrunner | October 20, 2008 3:41 AM | Report abuse
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you need to go to intrade then and make yourself some easy money then. Mccain is somewhere down in the teens while Obama is in the mid 80's like a 70 point spread. There actually are not any more votes for Mccain to get. He has every vote now he will get. This will end just about where it has been for a while now with Obama winning by 4 to 6 points. It is pretty much over for Mccain. The Bradley effect many believe doesn't really exist. That was back in like 82 and most now think the polling was way off to start with. With text messaging cell phone reminders and other of todays technology, Obama will really get his people out to vote. That is all we are working on now, the get out the vote part of the campaign. We don't need anymore converts. Mccain doesn't have close to the resources or know how of the Obama campaign. I am sitting here now in my office at 4 in the morning with two printers running. Early voting starts tomorrow in Florida and we will be getting them out to vote. Obama said a few months ago, "John Mccain has no idea what he is up against". He was right, the people have come through with money and now their votes. Where early voting has already started Obama is leading by 28%. I guess they are doing exit polls or something.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 20, 2008 4:01 AM | Report abuse

There are quite a few influential Republicans, aside from Colin Powell, who are openly supporting Obama/Biden. In addition, there many others who are refusing to support McCain/Palin. Sadly, I doubt that it will make a difference. I do _not_ believe that this country ("All men are created equal...") will elect a black man as president. Sure, Obama/Biden are leading in most nationwide polls, but not by nearly as much as their clearly higher quality as candidates would suggest that they should be. Moreover, there are still a lot of "undecideds". Many decideds and "undecideds" will wake up on election day and falsely convince themselves that they are voting against Obama for very rational reasons when, in reality, they are voting against him because he is black. That's how it is. These people will vote against their own interests because Barack Obama is a black man. I hope this effect (Bradley effect) is not great enough for McCain/Palin to win, but I fear that it is. The Ayers, ACORN, socialism nonsense that is being spewed about Obama is nonsense; and worse, it is just code for Obama is black, and so I don't trust him, and so I won't vote for him. That's the name of that tune!

Posted by: ptgrunner | October 20, 2008 3:41 AM | Report abuse

I do not believe that Powell would endorse someone who had anything to do with shady characters. This than takes away McCain's argument that because of Ayrs or ACORN Obama is not qualified to be President. Now what is he going to do? He has already said that if we keep talking about the economy he will lose. I guess their line is that Powell is nothing more than one black man endorsing another black man. At least that is what their stooges on this post are proclaiming. That dog won't hunt either. Colin Powell himself said that, in that case, he would have endorsed Obama months ago. My guess is that if you go that track you will be deservedly accused of playing the race cart. So that won't work either. Does anyone in the McCain camp have a big white towel?

Posted by: Opa2 | October 20, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse


Just remember that the WP has been shackin up with Obama for sometime now and only tied the knot a few days ago. So, ANYTHING that comes from this propaganda rag is designed not to bring you the truth but to sell the empty suit.

Posted by: ekim53 | October 20, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Manolete,

You are not a true American. True American's know not to be racist, know that all men are created equal, and know that religious affiliations don't matter.

You are an ignorant fool...nothing more, nothing less.


YOU MUST BE APPLYING TO OBAMA HUH?I KNOW HES NOT A TRUE AMERICAN TOO, BEING HE SIT IN A RACIST CHRUCH FOR 20 YEARS.. HOW DID HIS PASTOR SAY IT--AND I QUOTE- BARACK KNOWS WHAT ITS LIKE FOR A BLACK MAN TO LIVE IN A WORLD FULL OF RICH WHITE PEOPLE--RIGHT? I CAN SEE WHY COL. POWELL WOULD ENDORSE A FINE STAND UP GENTELMAN LIKE THAT TOO--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 20, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"Birds of a feather?"

Why would you disregard the reasoned explanation that General Powell provided for his support of Obama over McCain in favor of a judgment based on his skin color?

Reasonable people would agree with Powell's reasoning. Those who do not see this are blinded by partisanship or some other bias.

Peace, and vote Obama-Biden!

Posted by: rightsaid | October 19, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on like they say, "Birds of a feather flock together" and that sure fits
these two empty suit failures Former Sec
of State and Pathetic Heel Clicking Total
Incompetent Former Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs,Gen Colin Powell,who sold his own
troops out by letting those total inept
and incompetent failures as President
George H W Bush 41,Bill Clinton,and George
W Bush 43 cut our entire US Military and
Endangered the US and our Own Troops Lives
so that's the kind of "Endorsements" that
are all Loser Little Bush 44 Messiah Empty
Suit Draft Dodger Drug Addict Muslim And
Marxist/Socialist Barack Hussein Obama is
capable of getting are losers like Bush
& Cheney Fellow War Criminal Colin Powell?

Posted by: Jan1977 | October 19, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

hey darin holmes...if you are going to make a statement make sure it is a factual complete one...McCain was no hero. He conspired with the enemy...made propaganda films...told them information...look it up..he himself admits his shame. So get a life. Now I know heroes who did not do what he did..and they were POWs.

WHAT DOES POW STAND FOR? I REST MY CASE

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

hey darin holmes...if you are going to make a statement make sure it is a factual complete one...McCain was no hero. He conspired with the enemy...made propaganda films...told them information...look it up..he himself admits his shame. So get a life. Now I know heroes who did not do what he did..and they were POWs.

Posted by: Webster51 | October 19, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I knew the Neanderthals would go after Powell. Those who don't heed the dissatisfaction of others are bound to make the same mistakes over again .Powell laid out the case why he has become disenchanted with the Republicans in general and John McCain in particular.Instead of trying to change things the Republicans are goingh after him.

BLA BLA BLA-- I GOTTA GO TO WORK-- SOMETHING YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT--LOL-- JUST KIDDING-- KEEP IT REAL--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

we must drill to bring prices down, while looking for alternative energy sources..and gradually wing ourself off oil..

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I knew the Neanderthals would go after Powell. Those who don't heed the dissatisfaction of others are bound to make the same mistakes over again .Powell laid out the case why he has become disenchanted with the Republicans in general and John McCain in particular.Instead of trying to change things the Republicans are goingh after him.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 19, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

obamas energy plan--- search for a new energy source within 10 years, and spend billions doing it--RIGHT? -- can all americans buy new cars to burn this new energy source? NOPE-- will you suffer with high gas prices while he LOOKS for a alternative energy source--YEP-- BEACUSE OBAMA WONT DRILL FOR OIL---

does everybody agree that we cant purchase new cars for a new energy source? now ask yourself how important oil is right now? is it a matter of national security? is our enemies using it as a weapon against us? what must we do?

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

schneemans, that's a beautiful post. Thank you.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

obamas energy plan--- search for a new energy source within 10 years, and spend billions doing it--RIGHT? -- can all americans buy new cars to burn this new energy source? NOPE-- will you suffer with high gas prices while he LOOKS for a alternative energy source--YEP-- BEACUSE OBAMA WONT DRILL FOR OIL---

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse


Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation

THIS GUY SURE HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY!

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Amen!'

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God.'

God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love
And so small He can curl up inside your heart.
May your Day be blessed.

GOOD NIGHT!

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

IS AMERICAN SO MESSED UP THAT WE AS A PEOPLE CANT SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING
WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE
THIS COUNTRY IS HEADED FOR DIVISION LIKE ITS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE
THE REPS DONT WANT TO ADMIT THERE FAULTS AND THE DEMS DONT EITHER
IF AMERICANS REALLY CARED ABOUT HIS COUNTRY THEN WE AS AMERICANS WOULD TRULY COME TOGETHER
BUT EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN AGENDA
MCCAIN SAYS COUNTRY FIRST BUT I HAVENT SEEN IT
OBAMA SAYS CHANGE I AM SEEING IT BUT NOT ENOUGH
THE GOV HELPS OUT BIGS BUSINESS AND ITS NOT CALLED SOCIAL... BUT IF THEY HELP OUT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN THATS OST HIS OR HER JOB AND LOST THEIR HOME BECAUSE THEY WERENT ABLE TO FIND ANOTHER ONE
GIVE ME A BREAK
WE NEED SOMETHING
DONT YOU ALL GET THAT
THIS NATION IS IN TROUBLE
MCCAIN IS BRINGING ON HATE I DONT NO IF HES DOING IT ON PURPOSE OR NOT BUT I ONLY GO BY WHAT I SEE..... WHAT HE IS DOING IS DANGEROUS AND HE EITHE DOESNT GET IT OR HE DOESNT CARE.... LIES AND MORE LIES ON MCCAINS PART AND ALSO ON OBAMAS PART... WAKE UP AMERICA.... THE PEOPLE IN WASH.. NEEDS TO CUT THE CRAP WHO REALLY GIVES A S--T ABOUT WHAT PARTY YOUR WITH.... THE GOAL IS AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE AMERICA......WHATS GOING TO BECOME OF THIS NATION.... WE ARE NOT LIKED WE ARE LOSING THE PEOPLE THAT DID LIKE US.... MAKING EMENIES LEFT AN RIGHT.... FIGHTING THIS WAR ON SUPOSEDLY TERROR BUT WHERE IS ARE THE PEOPLE THAT DID THOSE THINGS...... HIDING IN SOME OTHER COUNTRY... MCCAIN HAS STARTED THE SOWS OF HATE AND I AM SO HEART SICKEND TO SAY THAT I AM SCARED THAT THIS IS ONLY THE START.... HAVENT YOU PEOPLE SEE THE THINGS THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE GOING INTO HIS RALLIES ARE SAYING AND YELLING.... IF HE WANTED TO PUT A STOP TO IT HE COULD... HE COULD HAVE HAD PEOPLE THERE TO NOT LET THOSE PEOPLE YELLING ALL THOSE HATEFUL THINGS OUTSIDE HIS RALLY ON THE WAY TO GET INSIDE AND TOLD THEM THEY COULD NOT ENTER... BUT HE DIDNT... HE HAS TO TAKE THE LEAD ON THIS SINCE HE AND PALIN STATED THIS.... AND SHES ONE TO EVEN TALK WITH HER HUSBAND BEING IN THAT ALASKAN GROUP THAT WANTS TO SUCCEED FROMN THE UNION AND FORM THERE OWN COUNTRY... IF THATS NOT BEING A TRAITOR THEN WHAT IS... SHES EVEN SPOKE AT THEIR EVENTS..I DONT NO I JUST FEAR FOR WHATS TO COME AND I DONT WANT MY CHILDREN GOING UP IN A COUNTRY THAT LOOKS MORE DIVIDED THEN WHEN IT WAS THE TIME OF THE CIVIL WAR..... I AM NOT WITH EITHER PARTY MCCAIN WILL NOT GET MY VOTE AND FRANKLY I DONT KNOW IF I WILL EVEN VOTE... BUT IF I DO IT WILL BE FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: rnorth2 | October 19, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

When candidates poison the perception of one another with both pointing their bony fingers of contention, as parents do, we all inherit the living nightmare of taking sides in a divided house.

So, be wise, and let us reason together; drop all resentment towards dad, mom, brothers and sisters, and yes, both candidates. Then will the emotional mist lift from your eyes to see clearly who best will serve. If we all do that, the election will be clean and beyond dispute, uniting instead of dividing us.

In this fashion, the sickest family member and those political dissemblers will never be able to divide our families and conquer America from within.

Alexis de Tocqueville said that America is great because America is good. When she ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Families in union, standing together as one free nation under God can once more begin the world all over again.


Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Electing John McCain after George Bush would be like marrying your ex-wife all over again. It can't work because it's just gonna be the same old crap

mccain is not bush--he wantes to reform our gov.-- the problem is out of control spending in washington--FACT--- do you think obama would spend even more with a dem controlled party?????????

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Are Americans still optimists at heart? It is hard to say. The never-ending hand-wringing emanating from academia, the media, the entertainment industry and the Democratic Party has taken its toll. The left has made a massive investment in promoting the idea that our country is in dire need of redemption which only they have the “wisdom” to administer.
In a better world, such self-inflation of one’s abilities to transform an entire society would be recognized as the arrogance it truly is. Even more so for the consolidation of power by self-righteous elitists that would be necessary to pull it off. Hopefully, despite decades of woeful public schooling, most Americans still have to be coerced into accepting the idea that America, on balance, is a deficient nation.
Sadly, it’s probably a close call. If it weren’t, Barack Obama and company wouldn’t stand a chance in November.

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, many Americans believe the country is headed in the “wrong direction.” But there is a difference between believing America is “off course” and believing it is headed over the abyss. And make no mistake: much of that “wrong direction” is the cultural rot of moral relativity, multiculturalism, and PC hyper-sensitivity directly attributable to liberalism.
No country is, or ever has been, perfect. If America has fallen short of many peoples’ expectations, maybe it should dawn on them that it might be because no other country in the world has set the bar as high as we have.
Yet for most liberals, all the good we do in the world is never enough. Any shortcoming is evidence of wholesale failure, of a need to completely re-order the American landscape. Such unrestrained pessimism is both unrealistic and unseemly. It is the whine of spoiled children who can’t seem to remember that half the world struggles to survive , not prosper.
Even now, in the midst of an economic downturn and another war against unrestrained evil, America prospers. It is a prosperity often built on trial-and-error, triumph and, yes, even failure. But above all, it is a prosperity built on goodness and optimism

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama’s campaign is based on this premise: “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. This was the time when we came together to remake this great nation”
Have we never cared for the sick or jobless? Trillions of dollars of wealth transfer for health entitlements, Social Security, job-training and unemployment insurance suggest otherwise. This (is) was the moment? Over the course of almost three hundred years, hundreds of thousands of American troops have paid the ultimate price to “heal” the planet of sicknesses far more deadly and self-evident than global warming. This was (is) the time we came together? No other nation on earth comes close to matching our historical legacy of assimilation, uniting against a common enemy, righting historical wrongs or creating equal opportunity for all.

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Electing John McCain after George Bush would be like marrying your ex-wife all over again. It can't work because it's just gonna be the same old crap

mccain is not bush--he wantes to reform our gov.-- the problem is out of control spending in washington--FACT

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Thus, for example, it doesn’t matter that we ended slavery, it only matters that we had it. It doesn’t matter that we’ve produced the highest standard of living in the world, it only matters that we haven’t eliminated poverty completely. It doesn’t matter we’ve assimilated more immigrants than any other country in the world, it only matters that we want to deport “undocumented workers.” And so on and so forth.
This “the perfect is the enemy of the good” attitude has been politically nurtured by the American Left. Without it, imposing their particular version of “perfection,” aka big-government socialism, becomes impossible. With it, a country far too “imperfect” to be left to its own individualist, free-market, personally responsible devices can be brought to heel.
Today’s liberalism is not about selling reasoned or sensible change for a country that needs “tweaking.” It is about selling the hysteria that we are a nation in need of an “Extreme Makeover.”

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I have a few questions for supporters of Senator McCain.

1. Was it wise for the USA to go to war against Iraq before settling scores with Bin Laden in Afghanistan? If so, why? What benefit do you expect to accrue to the USA from this war?

2. Was it wise for George W. Bush to turn Bill Clinton's budget surpluses into deficits while the USA economy was robust, prior to the 9/11 attacks, by lowering taxes on the rich?

3. Why was a nation which participated in the liberation of Europe during World War II and the economic rebuilding of postwar Europe under the Marshall Plan unable to bring about post-hurricane recovery in New Orleans?

4. Why are taxpayers being asked to bail out investment banks after 8 years of investor-friendly, bank-friendly Republican administration?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Is the United States a perfect country? Nope. Is it the best country in the world? To a large degree, the 2008 election may be a referendum on that question.
In my lifetime, there has never been a shortage of Americans more than willing to believe that our nation is tawdry collection of small-minded people–imperialists, racists, homophobes, sexists, xenophobes, evil rich, etc., etc.– whose devotion to the principles espoused by our Founding Fathers–those slave owning, dead white European males–amounts to little more than lip service.
For them, patriotism is an admixture of jingoism, naivete’ and illusion. All war is a business opportunity. Religion is a repository of prejudice and fear. History is a systematic whitewash of our genocidal exploitation of an above-reproach indigenous culture. In short, we’re a hopeless, hapless mess of a nation.
While such simplistic notions always have a kernel of truth in them, the driving force behind them all is the same: a lack of perfection equals total failure

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Let’s just look at a few of these verses in the Qur’an:
Referring to Pagans, sura 9:5 says:
“But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay those who join other gods with Allah wherever you find them; besiege them, seize them, lay in wait for them with every kind of ambush...”
Similarly, referring to Christians, sura 9:29 states:
“...Make war upon such of those to whom the scriptures have been given as believe not in Allah, or in the last day, and who forbid not what Allah and his apostle have forbidden...until they pay tribute...”
Concerning the unbelievers we can refer to sura 47:4 which says:
“When you encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads, until ye have made a great slaughter among them...”
In sura 8:39 we find a similar admonition:
“And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression. And there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease, verily Allah doth see all that they do.”

And the reward for those who die while participating in Jihad we find in Sura 4:74:
“Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah. Whether he is slain or gets victory soon shall we give him a reward of great value”
How, then, should we interpret these verses? Or rather how do Muslims choose to interpret these verses? In order to answer that we need to go to he whom the Muslims consider as their Paradigm for interpreting these verses, and a universal model for all Muslims to follow, for all time, and for all places, namely, Muhammad, and ascertain how he would have used violence, or tolerance for those under his jurisdiction.

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

In the Qur’an, there are references to Jihad, either by name or by inference in 149 verses, and the more violent form of Jihad, called Qital (sword verses) is mentioned in 34 verses! This proves its importance for Islam today

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

What, then, is the goal of radical Muslims? When you talk to them, you quickly find that they believe Allah has created mankind for a purpose, namely, to submit to him. In that submission, Allah has stipulated how mankind is to act and live. The best model for mankind is what they term the Khilafa, or Islamic state, controlled by Shariah law. Thus, their primary aim is to dismantle the entire Western system of life and replace it with the Islamic Khilafa, using three forms of Jihad (meaning to strive): 1) against one’s inner self, 2) against Satan, and 3) against the enemies of Allah (Qital), almost always by the use of the sword (i.e. Violence).

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

According to a recent poll of four mainly Muslim nations, taken in March 18 of 2004, by the Pew Global Attitudes Project of the Pew Research Center, around 31% of Turks now support the radical movement of Osama bin Laden, while in Morocco it is 45%, and in Jordan it is 55%. Of particular concern, according to this poll, support for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, one of Islam’s largest countries, has risen to 65% of the population, or roughly 80 million people, and this in a country which now possesses atomic weapons!

While not all Muslims are evil terrorists, we cannot neglect to take these fundamental features of Islam into consideration

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

In the United Kingdom, the mood among resident Muslims is becoming ever more negative with regards to the West, particularly against the governments of the United States and Great Britain. According to BBC (Gallup) and Q-News polls, taken in 2001, immediately following the 9/11 incident, radical Muslims made up roughly 15% of the Islamic community within the United Kingdom. By 2002, however, the radicals had gained up to 25% of the U.K. Muslim population. Following the recent Iraqi war, and the atrocities uncovered in the Abu Ghraib prison, that figure has probably moved even higher; and this, in a strong Western environment, situated outside the traditional world of Islam.
If one were to look to traditional Islamic societies where people are fed anti-Western views regularly, with little recourse to alternative opinions, the statistics are even more disturbing.

While not all Muslims are evil terrorists, we cannot neglect to take these fundamental features of Islam into consideration.

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

In the last three years the media has been replete with people defending the testimony of Islam, remonstrating against the violent acts of September 11, stipulating that this was not, nor ever has been an example of Islam, since Islam is a religion of peace, evidenced by a prophet of peace, exampled by a history of peace.
We need to understand who these people are who are perpetrating these acts, and then we need to ask what their goal is, and from where they get their authority?
These groups of Muslims around the world who are carrying out the violent acts against the West go by many names. In Lebanon they are known as the Hezbullah (The party of God), in Palestine the Hamas, in Egypt, the Islamic Jihad, and in the United Kingdom by both the Muhajiroun, and the Hizb ul Tahrir (the party of liberation), etc.
Many pundits in the West seek to dismiss these militant elements as irrelevant extremists, representing only a small minority of the Muslim community. Recent research shows, however, that they are rapidly growing in numbers and importance, and are prepared to die for what they believe.

Posted by: schneemans | October 19, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Electing John McCain after George Bush would be like marrying your ex-wife all over again. It can't work because it's just gonna be the same old crap.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

darin_holmes, a more interesting question would be, "under which US presidents has the stock market prospered?"

Get to work.

witch dem pres. raised taxes and put our country in a depression? ITS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN WHEN OBAMA ARRIVES--RIGHT???

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him? They're trying to connect [Obama] to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that's inappropriate... Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.

"This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point. We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions."

-- Colin Powell

he keeps talking about him mr. powell, because thats how you find someones values-(look at there past)- it tells alot about that person-- i looked up to you mr powell until you disgraced your name by endorsing a fool.. the only thing narrow is your wave of thought toward this..i hope the american people can see though this stupidity--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I take great comfort in noting that excellent posts here in recent weeks are to a one pro-Obama, while posts that are vitriolic, or filled with profanity, or racist, are to a one pro-McCain.

Change is coming, and it's going to be, to borrow the marketing slogan of the company for which Bush's first secretary of the treasury worked for before he got disgusted with the Bush regime, "change for the better".

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

FLIP-FLOPPIN’ ALONG

Forget John Kerry. John McCain now holds the Olympic record for the most flip-flops in a campaign.

1.Experience counts, then he picks Wasilly Sarah.
2.He is an honorable man and will run an honorable campaign. Then he accuses Obama of sexually corrupting young children.
3.He is for deregulation of banking before he is against it.
4.He is against off-shore drilling then he just can't get enough of it.
5.He hugs George Bush and then says he is nothing like him (except for 90% of the time.)
6.He says he is different from Obama and then he steals his campaign slogan.(some of Obama's signs are missing, too.)
7.McCain claims the fundamentals of the economy are strong then says it's a severe crisis.
8.He says he has postponed his campaign and rushes off to Washington but he continues to run attack ads.
9.He looses his pit bull to stir up racial and ethnic hatred and then corrects a woman who calls Obama an Arab.
10.Lastly, and most importantly, He tells Dave Letterman he must cancel his appearance at the last moment to handle the financial crisis only to be caught red handed doing damage control after the Palin interview with Couric.
Hell hath no fury like a Letterman scorned.

John Kerry would have been steamrolled if he acted like this.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

darin_holmes, a more interesting question would be, "under which US presidents has the stock market prospered?"

Get to work.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 9:39 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 19, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

What part of this don't you understand?

When you export jobs to a dictatorship, you are allowing USA companies to benefit from labor whose price is depressed by dictatorship. (Did you see "dictatorship" twice in that sentence?)

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

And I really should say, "I guess those grumpy republicans won't be happy till they live rent free in their mcmansions while the rest of us compete with workers in *communist china* for jobs.

jobs????? if obama is elected- i prosime you this country will fall for sure.. tell me just one dem. pres that didnt raise taxes?--(dont worry ill wait)

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

THERE IS ONLY ONE CANIDATE THAT HAS ACCUALLY FOUGHT FOR YOU, AND AMOST DIED FOR YOU-- IS THIS THE GREATEST LOVE, AND HONOR A MAN CAN SHOW HIS COUNTRY, AND PEOPLE?--HUMMMM-- BUT OBAMA SPEAKS WELL-- AHHHHHH---- IDIOTS AND MORE IDIOTS

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

And I really should say, "I guess those grumpy republicans won't be happy till they live rent free in their mcmansions while the rest of us compete with workers in *communist china* for jobs.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine why Republican investors should be in such a nasty mood, having just received an infusion of $700 billion dollars of "welfare for the rich".

I guess they won't be happy until they live rent-free in their McMansions while the rest of us compete with workers in China for jobs.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Howdy darin_holmes , Now I got ya smilin'

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

ALL YOU OBAMA SUPORRTERS KNOW IS --- 8 MORE YEARS-- OUT OF TOUCH-- BUSH POLICIES-- OBAMA HAS HAMMERED THAT CRAP IN YALLS HEAD, SO MUCH YALL BELIEVE THAT JUNK-- I THINK YALL ALL BRAIN WASHED, KINDA LIKE THE PEOPLE IN WACO TX.. HEY OPRAH(OBAMA#1 UPORRTER) IS GOT A NEW A NEW CHURCH GOIN ON-- MABE YOU CAN BE THE FIRST MEMBER-- BUT DONT DRINK THE KOOL-AID ---IDIOTS

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The fact is Obama's tax plan is just a return to the PROVEN system
Bill Clinton used during the prosperity of his term in office.
Bill Clinton left office with huge budget surpluses.

McCain's tax plan is just an extension of the PROVEN failure of the Bush tax system of rewarding the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the middle class. The middle class is now paying for his mess.

People like to argue theory and statistics but it's as simple as this: Are you better off now then you were eight years ago?

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

thecannula wrote,

"It's an interesting question-

"Is Obama doing well because the market is tanking OR is the market tanking because Obama is doing well?

"-He wants to increase Capital gains taxes, so anyone who has invested some time in the past and plans to hold their investment will have to pay much more in taxes after a possible Obama victory than after a McCain victory....the better Obama's poll numbers, the more likely hard working Americans lose some of their investment income...."

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I have a theory. It's a fact that one way George W. Bush changed the tax code was to tax capital gains at a lower rate than he taxed work.

My theory is that this created an incentive to speculate.

Need I say more?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The October Surprise

Race innuendos, terrorist pew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
And something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil succeed or will it fail?
Karl Rove and his degenerate scum
Make something wicked this way come

McCain has shown that there is nothing that he will not do, nothing he will not say to get elected.
A man of Honor?

Campaign First, Country Last.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting question-

Is Obama doing well because the market is tanking OR is the market tanking because Obama is doing well?

-He wants to increase Capital gains taxes, so anyone who has invested some time in the past and plans to hold their investment will have to pay much more in taxes after a possible Obama victory than after a McCain victory....the better Obama's poll numbers, the more likely hard working Americans lose some of their investment income....

THE MARKET IS DOIN BAD BECAUSE THE DEMS PUT IT IN THAT POSITION--PERIOD.. TELL ME WHAT ECONOMY OBAMA HAS EVER WORKED ON? TELL ME? ANY EXPERINCE? NO --ZERO-- NONE HUH?-- WHY WOULD ANYONE TRUST A MAN WITH ZERO EXPERINCE TO GET US OUT OF THIS? LIKE I SAID EARLIER, MOST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DUMB WHEN IT COMES TO STUFF LIKE THIS

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is a lying weasel who has tossed his own dignity and integrity out the window.

It's all about race, race, and more race. Powell chose skin color over America's best interests. Powell has forfeited his respectability and is now just a flaky black guy with an ax to grind.

Powell selling Obama as anything other than a radical leftist totalitarian elitist clueless wonder is worse than disingenuous. It's laughable.

Colin Powell's remarks are an insult to our intelligence.

Posted by: finsher771 | October 19, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting question-

Is Obama doing well because the market is tanking OR is the market tanking because Obama is doing well?

-He wants to increase Capital gains taxes, so anyone who has invested some time in the past and plans to hold their investment will have to pay much more in taxes after a possible Obama victory than after a McCain victory....the better Obama's poll numbers, the more likely hard working Americans lose some of their investment income....

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

darin_holmes wrote, "mccain has endorsements of 200 generals and admerials"

really? Where can I find this information?


its public record idiot-- look it up

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

There are a couple of articles I read this morning warning that people will dismiss Powell's endorsement because they will either think it is one Black supporting another Black.

People like this darin_holmes guy are just closet racists, and are being exposed. Given this tool's logic, James Baker III is only supporting McCain because he is white. If darin_holmes listened to anything Powell said in a critical manner, then he'd realize it has absolutely nothing to do with race, and everything to do with intelligence, personality, and ability. I mean, what? Powell can't vote against his race because he is Black? Isn't this just an example of darin_holmes not being able to get past the fact that Powell is black, and that Powell can think for himself? darin_holmes is a closet racist exposed indeed.

I love that all these racists are being exposed.

do you watch CNN? do you see the blacks running to the polls? they ask them why are you voting for obama-- they dont have a answer--they couldnt tell you nothing about obama-- but they do know hes black-- i have talked to several blacks on here and they told me streight up they are voting for obama bacause hes black-- SO WHO IS THE RACIST? tell me? blacks are a racist people-- its in your blood or something

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

darin_holmes wrote, "mccain has endorsements of 200 generals and admerials"

really? Where can I find this information? In my experience military officers pride themselves on being a meritocracy, and 5'th from the bottom of the class at the academy doesn't cut it. It doesn't cut it with fellow academy grads, and it *really* doesn't cut it with officers without academy cred.

Meanwhile, Budikavlan's post, right before yours, is remarkably cogent. I hadn't thought of the Powell/Rice foreign/domestic differential before reading the post, and it seems very reasonable.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

now i am convienced mr powell that blacks will vote for a black canidate..i will not look up to you anymore. you were a hero in my mind ONCE.. not anymore.. i see that you are a man driven by race-- period.. you are a disgrace to me now-- and yes i am white, and i will do as you do---support my race!!!!!!!!

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse
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There are a couple of articles I read this morning warning that people will dismiss Powell's endorsement because they will either think it is one Black supporting another Black.

People like this darin_holmes guy are just closet racists, and are being exposed. Given this tool's logic, James Baker III is only supporting McCain because he is white. If darin_holmes listened to anything Powell said in a critical manner, then he'd realize it has absolutely nothing to do with race, and everything to do with intelligence, personality, and ability. I mean, what? Powell can't vote against his race because he is Black? Isn't this just an example of darin_holmes not being able to get past the fact that Powell is black, and that Powell can think for himself? darin_holmes is a closet racist exposed indeed.

I love that all these racists are being exposed.

first of all im not a racist-- well, until today anyway-- why didnt john kerry, or john murtha endorse him-(mabe they already did, i dont know)- ill tell you why- murtha and kerry are like micheal moores POOP-- useless people huh? this is clearly a racist move on powell part- no doubt-- obama and powell is completely differant people--Dont you agree? they have nothing in common--NOTHING--- anyway mccain has endorsements of 200 generals and admerials that far exceed obama, and powell.. i did like powell.. i thought he was a better man than that -i guess i was wrong--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I've suspected since he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs that Colin Powell is only a Republican because of their military and foreign policy. You notice he virtually never mentions other political issues--and he's had plenty of opportunity to do it. Same goes for Condoleezza Rice. They are firmly in the GOP camp where it goes to military matters and most foreign affairs questions--but when pressed to run for higher office, they both come back with a pretty firm "no," and I always figured it was because on most social issues, they'd take stances that alienated conservative voters who have always liked them. All this is to say that it doesn't surprise me one bit that Powell has endorsed Obama. I hope it helps make the landslide bigger.

Posted by: Budikavlan | October 19, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

One of the most important Republican arguments against progressive taxation has long been this: "People who earn large incomes are performing a more socially useful function in our economy than people who work but live on the edge of poverty."

Let's do a little plug-n-play on that meme based on recent experience.

Is this an equivalent? - "Hedge fund managers are performing a more socially useful function in our economy than emergency medical technicians."

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

OfficerMancuso at 7:10P stated a continuing truth. Even in a "liberal" administration federal expenditures tend to go to the wealthiest. It is a function of the reality of the national debt - the interest is paid to banks and large investors. It is a function of the military budget. Big equipment is made by big corporations and costs big bucks. It is a function of the federal highway system. Highways and bridges and tunels cost big bucks. It is a function of the space program, which pays big bucks to contractors, and a function of fighting two wars at once.

Tax the wealthy to pay the wealthy - Adam Smith would ahve approved.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 19, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse


If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama's magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC's and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner's personal 1040!

If you're the owner, you're going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you're an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

"From each according to this ability, to each according to his need"
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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Thats not true. The current rate is 36% over $250K. It will go up to 39% for only that that is over $250K. The first $250K will still be the current 36%. That means if someone makes $270,000.00 they will pay 3% more on the amount over and above $250K net. So they will pay an added 3% of the $20,000. Thats an additional $600.00 for the year on a net income of $270,000.00. Are you telling me people will have to lay off workers or close their business over $50.00 a month? Mccain must think he is talking to people who are just plain stupid. Trust me, anyone making that kind of money knows what is what and knows Mccain is feeding them a line of sh&t. I wonder who does he thinks he is talking to? Mccain goes from one nutty set of lies to another. This week is his bullsh&t about taxes.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

cannula, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you arguing for trickle-down economics at a time when the only thing that has trickled down to working people in the 8'th year of a Republican administration is tax liability for $700 billion in Wall Street losses?

Don't you think that's a significant redistribution of wealth, *from* people who work in grocery stores and Wal-Marts and gas stations and the few factories in the USA that haven't moved aborad, *to* people who live in McMansions, pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses in recent years, and paid a lower rate of tax on their ill-gotten gains than the rate paid on her income by a typical medical assistant?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

With Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, John McCain is in DEEP political DOO-DOO.

And so is SILLY SARAH (Palin). OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | October 19, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

PoliticalRealityOnline, that's a ton of purple prose. I suspect that if you had strong arguments to make, they wouldn't need all the invective and superlative adjectives in order to come across as forceful.

I take the shrill tone as a sign of desperation on the part of McCain supporters.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is a disgrace to America and the uniform he wore. At a time of national crisis on all fronts, Powell endorses a completely inexperienced neophyte with no executive, foreign policy, national security or economic experience to be Commander in Chief and the guardian of America's economy and security.

The magnitude of Powell's idiocy is almost impossible to define with words. Rather than stand up at this critical moment and warn his fellow Americans about the dangerous, economically suicidal folly of Obama's extreme, radical socialist agenda that would wreck the free enterprise system and bankrupt America, he chooses to endorse a completely unqualified charlatan who would lead America to an economic and foreign policy catastrophe.

Powell absurdly ridicules Sarah Palin as unqualified to be President even though, by every objective measure, she is far more qualified than Obama! It is fine for Powell to foolishly decide to support Obama in an inner fit of economic ignorance, misguided racial brotherhood and liberal stupidity. However, it is reckless treachery to vigorously endorse a completely unqualified economic socialist that believes he should be the arbiter of income distribution in America rather than the free enterprise system that is the foundation of American prosperity. If elected, Obama's reckless tax and spend socialism would lead America to economoc disaster at home and he would abandon Iraq and the greater Middle East to chaos that would trigger a major oil price spike that would devastate the global economy even further. Obama's reckless foreign policy naivete would only invite more aggression from Al Qaeda, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela and every other tyrant in the world who see Obama for the naive, pacifist simpleton he really is.

Who the hell is Colin Powell to question anyone's judgment after this act of self serving, destructive stupidity on a grand scale? Obama is transformational alright. He will tranform the great American free enterprise system that has been the engine of America's long term prosperity into just another no growth, no hope socialist catastrophe, and Powell is now his witless accomplice in this American tragedy.

Way to go Colin. Thanks so much for helping Obama destroy the economic future of America's children and wrecking your personal credibility by exposing the incredible vacuousness of your mind!

Please forgive me for the tone of my message, but Powell just stuck a fork in the American dream and condemned my daughter's economic future to the socialist abyss.

If facts and reality matter to you, visit www.politicalrealityonline.com for a reality check on all the issues before you commit economic suicide by following Colin's advice.

Posted by: PoliticalRealityOnline | October 19, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama's magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC's and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner's personal 1040!

If you're the owner, you're going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you're an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

"From each according to this ability, to each according to his need"
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Luke2 you are stuttering.

Posted by: wuzup | October 19, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Let's face it: Obama isn't going to win this election as much as McCain and the entire Republican party is going to lose it. The G.O.P. has run out of ideas, and all that's left to them is to desperately resort to name calling and fear mongering."

I don't know about that. Is there any phase of this campaign that Obama hasn't been great at? He is one of the greatest speakers, he is incredibly smart, he gets tons of people at his events, he has been raising unprecedented amounts of money, his local level organization is like nothing we've ever seen before, polls seem to indicate that he trounced McCain in the debates.

Yeah, McCain and the Republicans are terrible, but its wrong to say that Obama is doing so well simply by virtue of the Republican incompetence.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 19, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Steelers spank Bengals, Powell endorses Obama, and Gallup tells McCain "look out below!"

It just doesn't get much better than that.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

October 19, 2008
Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Significant Lead

2008 Gallup PRINCETON, NJ

Oct. 18, 2008

Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain in the presidential race has again widened to 10 percentage points among registered voters, 52% to 42%, in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 16-18.

This is the first Gallup Poll Daily tracking report based on data collected entirely after Wednesday night's third and final presidential debate. McCain's current 42% support level is at the midpoint of the 41% to 43% range he has received over the past 18 days. Obama's 52% is at the upper end of the 48% to 52% range of support he has received over the same time period. (To view the complete trend since March 7, 2008, click here.)

With 1% of registered voters saying they will vote for another specific candidate, only 6% remain undecided, one of the smallest levels to date.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse
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There are just not any votes left out there for Mccain. Every vote he is going to get he has. It's over just a matter how big Obama will win. It is that simple.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I am so pleased that Secretary Powell joined the fun!!! I think Secretary Powell would work hard in an Obama Administration to help right some wrongs.

I would love to see Secretary Powell reprise his role as Secretary of State, except this time follow his heart and do what he knows is right.

Posted by: jwallace1 | October 19, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

October 19, 2008
Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Significant Lead

2008 Gallup PRINCETON, NJ

Oct. 18, 2008

Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain in the presidential race has again widened to 10 percentage points among registered voters, 52% to 42%, in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 16-18.

This is the first Gallup Poll Daily tracking report based on data collected entirely after Wednesday night's third and final presidential debate. McCain's current 42% support level is at the midpoint of the 41% to 43% range he has received over the past 18 days. Obama's 52% is at the upper end of the 48% to 52% range of support he has received over the same time period. (To view the complete trend since March 7, 2008, click here.)

With 1% of registered voters saying they will vote for another specific candidate, only 6% remain undecided, one of the smallest levels to date.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

So, was that serial political opportunist
phony and failure as both Sec of State and
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell
just more of that has been Powell butt
kissing or is Colin Powell afraid he will
one day end up being tried for War Crimes
along side of George W Bush,Draft Dodger
Cheney,Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice
or is Colin Powell once again brown-nosing
for another political appointee job with
his fellow black man Messiah Barack Obama
or Powell are you trying to escape your
own guilt for you lying about WMDS in Iraq
for George W Bush at the UN,when you Colin
Powell knew there weren't any here? So once
again this is why I have never trusted a
word Liar Colin Powell,ever said after
Powell help Bush & Cheney & Company go
illegally invade and occupy Iraq. Colin
Powell your a total disgrace to our US
Military now then and Bush/Cheney Co-War
Criminal to boot and deserve to hang right
along side of Bush & Cheney for them!

Posted by: sandylong5274 | October 19, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Here's a question you Republitards will have a hard time answering today...

If Colin Powell was running for President, do you think he would have beat McCain in the primaries? If so, don't you think his word is more valuable than McCain's?

I remember Powell being named as a Republican's wet dream. All of you wished he was running, and that he would be the nominee over McCain. You even wished he was picked over Palin.

All of you detracting from what he is saying now are hypocritical disgraces.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Manolete,

You are not a true American. True American's know not to be racist, know that all men are created equal, and know that religious affiliations don't matter.

You are an ignorant fool...nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

As someone who was against our entry into Iraq (but now thinks we're obligated to stick it out to it's best possible conclusion), I see this as Powell going 0 for 2.

Posted by: HeartlandModerateGal | October 19, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse
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With one hand you attempt to pour water into your glass, and with the other you move the glass out of the way.

Heartland...are you really that convinced you are our country's heart? We see you as a cancerous tumor...for our heart beats in those who believe in the Declaration of Independence (all men are created equal) and our Constitution (separation of church and state, Bill of Rights).

Heartland my A_$_$. We who live in cities are just as American as you. We who live in the country are just as American as you. We who are immigrants, are not white, or are otherwise different are JUST AS AMERICAN AS YOU!

It is the "Heartlant's" ignorant haters that are not American, that forgot that all men are created equal, that forgot that we all have rights, and that forgot your religious affiliation DOESN'T MATTER.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

It is painful to be a Republican knowing MCain and Palin has lost this election.
It is painful to know we the Republicans have lost to Intelligence, something which is so foreign to us. But firmly we will march and chant WE ARE THE FLYING MONKEY RED NECK DYSFUNCTIONAL TALKING HEADS FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR STATUS. NEVER YOU BETCHA!

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

When its all done and said, McCain will win by over 55%.
And dont ever believe votes sent by text, because older people dont text and the younger folks are going for the rock star (Obama )

Posted by: wuzup | October 19, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse
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1) It's "said and done," but you have things backwards, so I'll forgive you.
2) The vast majority of polls are done by making calls on people's land lines, something the younger population does not use.
3) The votes being done by "text" are those being taken by FOX news after debates giving McCain the win. I'll make sure not to believe them at all.
4) Your other posts are merely an example of a closet racist being exposed. Enjoy your ignorant life for the next 16 days. After that, your clearly racist views will be on display for all of your fellow citizens to see...and we will leave you behind.

I wouldn't even let you take out my trash.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, as I suggested this morning the closet racist that are coming out of their closets like rats off a stinking, sinking ship.
So add darin Holmes to the list of plague infested racists, that will have to be disinfected before they can be allowed to members of civil society
If he worked for me and I have over 100 employees I would dismiss him until he came back with his certification of his being free from his hate affliction.
I have made profits personally of over 500 m 3x over the last 10 years - and I am maximizing my donations to obama to the full 2500 -thus far I have given 1100. So will my wife.

Yeah I made a little more money because of Bush, but I don’t want to trade this off the possibility of a true democracy for a warmongering, racist hate engendering country. Yes I will make another couple of 10s of thousands of dollars profit under McCain. But that’s a bad & immoral deal.
And for you under 200 m a year workers, its a no brainier your going to lose more money under McCain/Palin- so you have no brain at all if you vote for those corrupt, incompetent hateful warmongers.
Yes McCain will spread a “100 m” to me from you, and I say F*ck him!
Wake Up you fools, please! Vote for the futue, your future OBAMA/BIDEN Yes, si, jawohl, shalom YES YES YES.
D’Screed


Posted by: LuxLumina | October 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is an incredibly intelligent person who made a huge mistake in believing the Bush/Cheney lies. That led him to give his United Nations speech in which he accused Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction.

To say that he is racist by supporting an incredibly intelligent and capable candidate- who is one half white and one half African American, is like saying a white man is racist for supporting another white man.

What nonsense. Why would even a white man endorse the war mongering white John McCain and his white inept Moose Killer from Wasilla? Racism? You betcha.

White Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

As someone who was against our entry into Iraq (but now thinks we're obligated to stick it out to it's best possible conclusion), I see this as Powell going 0 for 2.

Posted by: HeartlandModerateGal | October 19, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The most IMPORTANT thing Powell said in his endorsement has been sighted by no one. He spoke about a picture of the grave of a dead American soldier who was a Muslim and said that while Obama was a Christian, why should that matter. Why shouldn't we have a Muslim president. Why shouldn't American Muslims aspire to the presidency. I strongly support Obama, BUT I have been disappointed by his unwillingnesses to challenge the notion of a religious test for public office.

Posted by: TAGZ | October 19, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

When its all done and said, McCain will win by over 55%.
And dont ever believe votes sent by text, because older people dont text and the younger folks are going for the rock star (Obama )

Posted by: wuzup | October 19, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

officermancuso

They can thank thier lucky soules they were brought here in bananna boats or else they would be chasing game with spears with thier ribs showing in Africa.

Posted by: wuzup | October 19, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The 10 pt. O lead (10/19) is reported on the front page of gallup.com on the left-hand side. Gallup plays games by putting out different polls. The "10" number comes from their poll of "registered voters." For some reason, Real Clear Politics isn't referencing it on its page.

http://www.gallup.com/Home.aspx
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More good news, from Gallup. Let's see if Drudge posts that!

"Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Significant Lead NEW October 19, 2008
Barack Obama again leads John McCain nationally by 10 percentage points among all registered voters, 52% to 42%."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse
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I am an Obama supporter but I never saw a poll today showing that big a lead. Gallup has said they believe they may be under by about 3 points on Obama due to they way they poll and the uniqueness of this election. They even started a second poll to try to adjust for what they think are their errors.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 2:36 PM

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 19, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

wazup wrote, "Thats because everything blacks want Clarence Thomas is against.
Job handouts (affirmative action) Jstice system change, bussing, welfare etc."

[sarcasm on] Come to think of it, it was job handouts that brought "those people" here, wasn't it - and free transportation in the bilges of banana boats. Handouts from the very beginning! [sarcasm off]

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

By the way any of you IDIOT’S that believe that Powel’s endorsement had anything to do with race do us all a favor and drink some Drano

Posted by: pragman | October 19, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

That’s right, all of the Neo Nazi’s that support Palin, now you get to digest this endorsement—Hey Sara do you think this guy is a negro terrorist as well Or maybe former secretary of state Colin Powel just doesn’t “understand” the direction this country needs to take ?

Posted by: pragman | October 19, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I believe that McCain saying that "He was not surprised," was a way to get support from the ignorant racists that would dismiss Powell's endorsement for Obama because they are both black.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

now i am convienced mr powell that blacks will vote for a black canidate..i will not look up to you anymore. you were a hero in my mind ONCE.. not anymore.. i see that you are a man driven by race-- period.. you are a disgrace to me now-- and yes i am white, and i will do as you do---support my race!!!!!!!!

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse
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There are a couple of articles I read this morning warning that people will dismiss Powell's endorsement because they will either think it is one Black supporting another Black.

People like this darin_holmes guy are just closet racists, and are being exposed. Given this tool's logic, James Baker III is only supporting McCain because he is white. If darin_holmes listened to anything Powell said in a critical manner, then he'd realize it has absolutely nothing to do with race, and everything to do with intelligence, personality, and ability. I mean, what? Powell can't vote against his race because he is Black? Isn't this just an example of darin_holmes not being able to get past the fact that Powell is black, and that Powell can think for himself? darin_holmes is a closet racist exposed indeed.

I love that all these racists are being exposed.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

jacquesesq

Thats because everything blacks want Clarence Thomas is against.
Job handouts (affirmative action) Jstice system change, bussing, welfare etc.

Posted by: wuzup | October 19, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

There is a considerable amount of discourse in here about General Colin Powell and his statements to the United Nations security council concerning the situation that led to Iraq war II. To those of you who are not in the political theater, be aware that when in the cabinet you are to follow the commander in chief and only question behind closed doors. Mr. Powell was vocal in his disagreement with what he was told to say by the presidents chosen advisor's and he was chosen as the only member of the cabinet with any credibility at that time. Mr. Powell resigned his post very shortly thereafter and did not challenge the administration during the ramp up to war as no good officer would not either. This is the very same situation that took place 08/06/11 when they refused Richard Clarke's assessment of the terrorist threat and that refusal took down the WTC with 3000 plus casualties exactly 36 days later and exactly as warned. If you now fail to see the pattern of evangelical ignorance you are beyond the reach of mental help.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | October 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"You say Obama, I say Ayers.

Obama!

Ayers!

Obama!

Ayers!"

I'm sorry, but Amy Pohler ripped into Palin in ways her beehive-boppin-brain-dead person couldn't understand.

When they shot the moose, I bent over laughing.

If you don't think Palin is securing the Republican base behind her and throwing McCain under the bus in order to secure a nomination for the 2012 Presidency, then you aren't following politics.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

NOBODY BE SURPRISED.

EVEN BUSH endorses Obama, by following the policies that Obama recommended.

In one moent of real wisdom, Obama will be Bush's vote choice when he is behind the curtains because Chenney can not go in the booth.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | October 19, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Blacks do not routinely and blindly endorse and support other blacks merely because they are also black. Need I remind many of you bigots who suggest otherwise, that Clarence Thomas is a black supreme court justice and is loathed by black americans for his support of right wing policies and has NEVER been on the cover of a single black magazine!

Posted by: jacquesesq | October 19, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

It's easy for Republicans: if you disagree with them, you simply aren't an American.

Posted by: nodebris | October 19, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse
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Reply
IT'S WORSE THEN THAT

You saw that republican convention, it looked like a gathering of the Nazi party. Signs wit "Country first" and all the speeches in the effect of "You are either with us or you are not real americans or patriots"
A good quote from the Nazi's that applies to the republicans is:

“…it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. … All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”

- Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and one of the main architects of Nazi Germany.
See anything familiar?

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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support your race -- trust me the blacks will-- the only racist is blacks in this country-- im convienced now for sure--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 2:41 PM
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HOW SAD to see people born color-blind.

BUT even more so to see people whom color blinds them.

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EXCELLENCE is what I support.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | October 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It's easy for Republicans: if you disagree with them, you simply aren't an American.

Posted by: nodebris | October 19, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Anytime they hear news they don't like, the Republican faithful have one response: slander.

Posted by: nodebris | October 19, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Blacks only represent 13% of the population and that includes children who can't vote. Want someone to be mad at, be mad at John Mccain for running one of the worst political campaigns in history with his four day work weeks. He had three months to almost lock it up when Obama and Hillary were killing each other. What did Mccain do, nothing. He sat around for three months like a moron just like he has in the last 26 years in Washington. He is a lazy do nothing and has been his whole life. Everything he has done since this whole thing started tells us he is not fit to lead anything. He has lead his own campaign into a ditch.

He likes to talk about how he was written off last year. He never likes to talk about why though. He blew through his money so fast and miss managed his campaign in the primaries so bad he was broke almost before they got started. He only became the candidate because the rest were just worse. They were so much worse then Mccain we end up with what was scraped from the bottom of the barrel, John Mccain. He is a joke.

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upport your race -- trust me the blacks will-- the only racist is blacks in this country-- im convienced now for sure--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: This week McCain received the endorsement of Joe the Plumber, who, it turns out, is not a plumber, not an independent voter, not making nearly the amount of income he claimed, not a even a local taxpayer, not very knowledgeable about our tax system, and not even named "Joe" (he turns out to be "Samuel the Plumber" like in "Samuel Sixpack"); and Senator Obama received the endorsment of COLIN POWELL!!! No doubt the McCain-Palin chorus at the NYT, Brooks and Kristol, will have a field day tomorrow claiming that it was "a good week for Maverick Senator John McCain." I dunno about you, but I think I'll take "Colin the Four Star General and Former Secretary of State" over "Joe the Plumber" any day but, then again, what do I know? According to Sarah Palin and John McCain I don't even live in "real" America (I live in Virginia -- Northern Virginia!).

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 19, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

support your race -- trust me the blacks will-- the only racist is blacks in this country-- im convienced now for sure--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I think posters here should take the time to listen to the full statement Gen. Powell made this morning. He very carefully parsed his words and his meaning could not be clearer. John McCain will be aggreived by this announcement, but he cant complain that Powell did not systematically consider both the inate attributes of each man and their performances under pressure. Plus he came right out and said what so many people think, that Sarah Palin is not qualified and her selection reflects enormously on McCain's own claim of superior judgement

Posted by: nclwtk | October 19, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh God How Funny,"Colin Powell Endorses
Barack Obama" since after all I can still
see this Same Colin Powell,the Liar in Chief George W Bush Failure Sec of State,
Lying at the UN about WMDs in Iraq and how
that lying sleazy Colin Powell held up an
"alledged bottle of Antrax" for Bush and
how Liar in Chief George W Bush himself
also went to the UN to lie about Iraq having WMDS so Bush and Cheney and this
same Colin Powell could invade Iraq and
carry out the Bush Vendetta against Saddam
Hussein as well. NO Colin Powell Your NO
HERO and All You Are is A Phony Damn Liar
Political Opportunist Disgrace Powell so
your Pathetic Endorsement of the Messiah
Barack Hussein Obama IS WORTHLESS Just Like
You Are Colin Powell as you have no damn
creditibility Left You Liar Sell Out Colin
Powell you disgrace failure phony Powell!

Posted by: SherryKay2004 | October 19, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

More good news, from Gallup. Let's see if Drudge posts that!

"Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Significant Lead NEW October 19, 2008
Barack Obama again leads John McCain nationally by 10 percentage points among all registered voters, 52% to 42%."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse
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I am an Obama supporter but I never saw a poll today showing that big a lead. Gallup has said they believe they may be under by about 3 points on Obama due to they way they poll and the uniqueness of this election. They even started a second poll to try to adjust for what they think are their errors.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Powell also supports O.J. Simpson and any other black criminal there may be; BUT let's not forget that:

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS JUST ANOTHER POLITICIAN THAT WILL DO OR SAY WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FULFILL HIS POLITICAL AMBITIONS. Barack is calculated and methodical about hiding his true convictions and intentions, and uses deception to get elected.

The time is now!
For Americans to remember Barack Hussein Obama’s intimate 20 year relationship with the Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright, who blessed Barack and Michelle marriage and baptized both their daughters. AND, to remember the hideous videos of Jeremiah Wright’s congregation which included the Obamas, damning America with bombastic joy, after the Muslim’s criminal attack on America on 9/11.

The time is now!
For Americans to remember how Barack's Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright used his tax-exempt church to exercise a radical political agenda, and how he refers to Israel, as well as America, as a "racist" State. Barack's religious leader, Jeremiah Wright believes that the true 'Chosen People' are the blacks; and that black values are superior to middle-class American values.
 Indeed Barack's Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright is a black supremacist.

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama wants to be president to implement Jeremiah Wright’s dream of a black supremacist society in America.

The time is now!
For Americans of all political parties to come together to preserve the future of the country we love and have always been proud of, by voting for a True American Patriot and War Hero who risked his life for our country:
John McCain for President of the United States of America.

Country First!
Americans for John McCain/Sarah Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 19, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I love reading the whiny little girls in here, with nothing left in the quiver except the bland, vague accusations of "socialist" or "Marxist" or cherry-picked polls to quote.

There is only one current or former Bush Administration figure other than the great Colin Powell who is not reviled, and that's Laura Bush. When is she going to endorse Obama?

Posted by: bondjedi | October 19, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL WAS THE REASON WE WENT INTO THE IRAQ. HE TOLD US LIES ABOUT THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE A MAN THAT INDIRECTLY CAUSED OUR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND THE DEATH OF SO MANY SOLDIERS?

COLLIN POWELL WAS WRONG BEFORE AND HE IS WRONG NOW - OBAMA IS RELATIONSHIP WITH AYER COUNTS!

DEAR COLIN POWELL, AS MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID, YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGE A MAN BY THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN BUT BY THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse
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Explain then why Mccain has met with Powell on six different occasions trying to get his endorsement? Mccain has been sniffing Powells his a$$ for months.
I think I hear a little "sour grapes" there, but what the heck, Mccain does have the endorsement of "Joe the plumber".

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

now i am convienced mr powell that blacks will vote for a black canidate..i will not look up to you anymore. you were a hero in my mind ONCE.. not anymore.. i see that you are a man driven by race-- period.. you are a disgrace to me now-- and yes i am white, and i will do as you do---support my race!!!!!!!!

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. President, it would seem we have differing views of the national interest"
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Elliot L. Richardson

How is it that 35 years ago a President was impeached for lying and covering it up only for this Presidential election to be decided by a pathological liar and those who will help him cover up his lies?

Posted by: rtfanning | October 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

SOME SIMPLE FACT:

There are no more votes out there for Mccain to get. Every vote he is going to get he already has. All he is doing now is trying to shore up his base and that does not close the gap. He will probably finish pretty much where he is now or worse.
This is just the facts. Mccain has hit his ceiling as every politician does in an election at a point and you can't win with numbers stuck at 43. It is a frightening point in an election when a politician really begins to accept that fact. Like trying to get blood from a stone, when the votes just aren't there, they aren't there. You can wish or hope all you want but Mccain can no longer win. It is just a matter how big Obama wins. Obama's "Get out to vote campaign" is going so well now I have a feeling it will be big. We don't need one more vote just get them to the polls and that is where the campaign is at now. This is the end game you are seeing, the Crechendo so to speak, of the most perfectly managed political campaign ever run.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

To wuzup:

If you would take the time to listen to General Powell's statement on Meet The Press this morning, he clearly and eloquently states his rationale for endorsing Obama/Biden.

The reasons are many.

While General Powell thinks it is wonderful that America is able to vote a person of color into the white house, the many reasons he states clearly show you and armpeg to be wrong.

Just spouting something out doesn't make it true.


Posted by: patrioticvet | October 19, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL WAS THE REASON WE WENT INTO THE IRAQ. HE TOLD US LIES ABOUT THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE A MAN THAT INDIRECTLY CAUSED OUR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND THE DEATH OF SO MANY SOLDIERS?

COLLIN POWELL WAS WRONG BEFORE AND HE IS WRONG NOW - OBAMA IS RELATIONSHIP WITH AYER COUNTS!

DEAR COLIN POWELL, AS MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID, YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGE A MAN BY THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN BUT BY THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

More good news, from Gallup. Let's see if Drudge posts that!

"Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Significant Lead NEW October 19, 2008
Barack Obama again leads John McCain nationally by 10 percentage points among all registered voters, 52% to 42%."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

One more time...

In '80 and '84, Reagan Democrats put RRR over the top.

Obama Republicans can reciprocate in '08.

Posted by: oheightwinn | October 19, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him? They're trying to connect [Obama] to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that's inappropriate... Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.

"This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point. We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions."

-- Colin Powell

he keeps talking about him mr. powell, because thats how you find someones values-(look at there past)- it tells alot about that person-- i looked up to you mr powell until you disgraced your name by endorsing a fool.. the only thing narrow is your wave of thought toward this..i hope the american people can see though this stupidity--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Watch out, Tom22. If Obama wins, the CIA will identify you and keep tabs on you to make sure you don't try to harm the new president.

Posted by: dognabbit | October 19, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

FLIP-FLOPPIN’ ALONG

Forget John Kerry. John McCain now holds the Olympic record for the most flip-flops in a campaign.

1.Experience counts, then he picks Wasilly Sarah.
2.He is an honorable man and will run an honorable campaign. Then he accuses Obama of sexually corrupting young children.
3.He is for deregulation of banking before he is against it.
4.He is against off-shore drilling then he just can't get enough of it.
5.He hugs George Bush and then says he is nothing like him (except for 90% of the time.)
6.He says he is different from Obama and then he steals his campaign slogan.(some of Obama's signs are missing, too.)
7.McCain claims the fundamentals of the economy are strong then says it's a severe crisis.
8.He says he has postponed his campaign and rushes off to Washington but he continues to run attack ads.
9.He looses his pit bull to stir up racial and ethnic hatred and then corrects a woman who calls Obama an Arab.
10.Lastly, and most importantly, He tells Dave Letterman he must cancel his appearance at the last moment to handle the financial crisis only to be caught red handed doing damage control after the Palin interview with Couric.
Hell hath no fury like a Letterman scorned.

John Kerry would have been steamrolled if he acted like this.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The general's endorsement today was as one prominent Mac supporter put it, was "the nail in the coffin." The 125 million in O contributions in September helps, too.

Powell is the ultimate establishment figure -- where he goes is usually where the bulk of the Washington insiders go. Here, it's for O.

His endorsement perhaps was less important than his Meet the Press detailed presentation of WHY he was supporting O, that was truly impressive. (Among other things he said Palin was unqualified. We suppose Palin's comeback would be: Powell's a XXXXXX so who cares?)

On MTP, Mac supporter Tom Brokaw brought up Ayers about three times -- 3 times too many -- but Powell retorted, if Ayers is washed up, then why does Mac keep talking about him?

Also still to come, on Oct. 29: O's televised message of hope on -- it appears -- all three major networks at the same time, a TV feat unprecedented since Bert Lancaster did it, or I guess tried to do it, in "Seven Days In May."

General Powell, welcome back to active duty for your country...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 19, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Now there's some "STRAIGHT TALK"!

Posted by: inewsmaster | October 19, 2008 1:46 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 19, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL MAY HELP STAVE OFF AN INCIPIENT COUP:

WHAT IF McCAIN-PALIN'S STRATEGY IS AIMED NOT AT VOTERS, BUT AT THE APPARACHIK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

(If links are broken, please contact admins at www.nowpublic.com)

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 19, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

patrioticvet
Armpeg was exactly correct.
How could an ex General endorse a guy that will weaken our military and our missle defence system,
(if you dont believe it there is a vidio with him saying this himself.)
And Obama also wants to redistribute the wealth to the same folks that his friends at Acorn registered to vote, There can only be one reason....Skin color.
wuzup

Posted by: wuzup | October 19, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

It is painful to be a Republican knowing MCain and Palin has lost this election.
It is painful to know we the Republicans have lost to Intelligence, something which is so foreign to us. But firmly we will march and chant WE ARE THE FLYING MONEKT RED NECK DYSFUNCTIONAL TALKING HEADS PARTY AND WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR STATUS.

Posted by: Kimmo1 | October 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

LETS FACE THE FACTS, HARD AS THEY MAY BE FOR SOME OF YOU LAST REFUGE SCOUNDRELS:
If there is some question of relative military competence in expertise here,THAN:
Anyone with at least half a brain (which probably excludes the more rabid Palinites et all) would be forced to give an exponential superiority rating to Powell as compared to McCain.
Powel fought at every level in several wars ground commander through chief of staff; he was involved in all phases of battlefield assault, strategy and maneuvers. He came up the chain of command based on merit.. The arguments for his superiority are infinite compared to McCain.
McCain barely got through the naval academy, and was only allowed to gradate because of family connections. Then in and on his way to Vietnam he crashed a couple of planes, and sat out the war uncomfortably in a North Vietnamese military prison- he saw no real action in Vietnam. His bravery in refusing to leave when given a chance could as easily be attributed to his sense that he had nothing to contribute as a fighter if he got out.

Yes Powell was ignominiously forced to lie for the bush administration war criminals Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney to his shame.
But McCain lies every day of his life as a public figure – switching positions according to the voting group he is trying to kiss up to.
Oh yeah speaking about kissing up, McCain’s other great Military achievement:
Kissingly most a*s kissing to General Patreus, who as his chief publicity agent he has designated as the “greatest General in the History of America”.
Not surprisingly he staked his military career on this identification, since McCain is no great military man himself, however he is a first rate political liar, not surprisingly he also tied his career to the 3rd rate, half wit political Liar Syrup Palin.
Fractionistly yours,
D, Screed
ly

Posted by: LuxLumina | October 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Powell is entitled to choose his candidate, but he does not have to adopt the condescending liberal line: that the conservative discourse is "narrow" and so is McCain. That makes me doubt his motives and think that perhaps he is revengeful of his old party.

Posted by: explorerlight

What General Powell ACTUALLY said was that both Palin and McCain ought to be distancing themselves from talk that Obama is a terrorist or PALS AROUND with terrorists and talk that Obama is a Muslim, since Obama is a Christian and they know it."
Further General Powell said that Muslims may run for high office in the USA and that US citizens include Muslims and some have died for their country fighting against our enemies, and that therefore the failure of Palin and McCain to come out against anti-Muslim speech requires Powell to support the candidacy of Obama.

Your GOP is USING lies and innuendo and your corruption and lack of moral fibre made Powell support the Democrat.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

It continues to amaze me how Americans, who think we are so independent, are in fact a bunch of sheep. Although I believe that this essentially applies to both parties, and in the past there have been lots of Democratic examples, this year, the Grand Prize goes to the Republicans.

First of all, let's face facts. Sarah Palin is beyond a doubt the least qualified individual of any sex to ever run for high office. All of us know it, including the republican sheep who try desperately to believe that her winking and blinking is a reasonable substitute for signs of intelligence. Nonetheless, instead of writing letters and signing petitions to Mccain to replace her with a sensible choice - even the republican writers have suggested she back out gracefully by acting interested enough in that Down's Syndrome (not autistic Mr. McCain) child she chose to birth to want to spend some time with him - you all pretend she is qualified. You unrepentantly act as if she is ready. Every family has issues, but hers has more than a fair share, and although I am a strong believer in women having a family and a career, I even more strongly believe that if you choose to have a child, you should choose to stay home and care for it full time until at least pre-school. Funny, that is what the republican folks have been preaching up until now!

Next, if you really believe that General Powell could only be endorsing and voting for Senator Obama because of race, I guess what you are really saying is that YOU are voting for McCain because of race. And suddenly you are fearful Senator Obama might be a "socialist" after your Republican President just socialized the banking system! Because your Republican congress screwed up!

Finally, I would suggest that everyone read the article about McCain in Rolling Stone this month for some background on McCain's youth - for those who want to think that Mr. Ayers (whose name you probably had not thought about in 25 years, if ever) as having done damage to America and its assets in his youth, you might want to read and see whose youthful indiscretions caused this country more damage. Sadly for Mr. Ayers, he did not have McCain's wealthy, high ranking family connections to allow him to escape the ramifications of his actions.

I am pretty sure General Powell, who until today was high on the list of people the Republicans most wanted to run for President on their ticket, is still that same man. You are just afraid of losing.

Posted by: rmcdetal | October 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

This bail out once again illustrates how the rich elite take from the middle class in another "redistribution of wealth" or reverse socialism. Their argument for this is if we don't play by their rules they will take all their money and leave America.
What they don't say is that they have been leaving ever since NAFTA.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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Powell support for Obama means that BUSH WAS WRONG.

Bush was the false prophet who many trusted, and SOME (like McCain) still trust.

POWELL WILL HELP Obama END THE immoral Iraq WAR and restore World trust in the USA.

It's all for the end of Bushism. Bushism is what's wrong.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | October 19, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This morning Sen McSad said that he was "dissappointed" in not getting the endorsement from Powell....why do you think that is?

McBush knows in his heart he has lost this campaign, he also knows that an endorsement from Powell is the final nail in his coffin.....why you ask, for the simple reason that because Powell is so respected in the Country and in the political world that it only makes certain that President Obama does not "pal around" with Terrorists!!

GOOD NIGHT MCBUSH, BUSH, AND THE SAD DISGUSTING, DIVISIVE, SHAMEFUL, RACIST, REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!

YOU RIGHT NUT IDIOTS WILL HAVE 8 YEARS TO GET UP TO SPEED WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND CTRY!! "

"PRO AMERICA IS STUPID"!!


GOOD LUCK!

BUZZARDS KORNER!!

Posted by: Hheeaatt | October 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama graduated Harvard Magna Cum Laude, their second highest honor.
Forsaking high salary, he worked for the poor in Chicago before running for public office.

McCain was a Annapolis reject saved by his father's connections. He was a terrible pilot, crashing three times. During his imprisonment after being shot down (or crashed) he collaborated with the enemy. After returning home, he divorced his wife (who had waited for him) because she was crippled in an auto accident. McCain immediately married Cindy.
Using his father's connections again, McCain entered politics. He was involved in another financial downturn in the eighties with a banker called Keating who gave him bribes. He has voted against aid to war veterans many times including Iraq war veterans.
He now says he will freeze all spending except for defense and a few key programs.
Don't get frozen out by McCain. He doesn't care about veterans and he doesn't care about you.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I the great |WHITE MAN above all endorse Barack Obama!

sorry my fellow Republicans but McCain and Pitbull Palin doesn't have it.

Posted by: Kimmo1 | October 19, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

To 37thandOSt,

You say "If RACE is not an issue, then the black community should split its vote between McCain and Obama at ratios closer to the ratios of the entire nation..."

But this argument does not work. If it did, you could say that all 18-20 year olds need to match the national ratio.

There may be reasons why certain demographic groups may be liberal, or conservative, and it has nothing to do with race. If you see Colin Powell's video above, there are some valid points made which to me has nothing to do with race.

Posted by: 3-cats | October 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that so many people on this blog are accusing one of our top military commanders as being racist because both he and Obama share skin color. After listening to Powell's intelligent and moving endorsement, it seems obvious that there are ample reasons for his argument.

Further, by this logic, it would be impossible for any person of black color to endorse any other person of black color without it being considered racist.

The fact is that many people of all races and backgrounds have endorsed Mr. Obama, including large numbers of military, and also republicans. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obama_endorsements.

It seems to this observer that the ones making accusations of racism are the ones that have brought THIS particular 500 pound gorilla into the living room

Posted by: davidbrucesmith | October 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Republicans on this site pointing out that Colin Powell waited so long to endorse. You have yourselves to blame for that.
He made it clear that the Palin lies at rallies, and Karl Rove's recorded phone messages about terrorists and Muslims were the factors that pushed him to make public his preference.

Did you actually hear what he said about Muslims in the US Army?

Powell is a uniter, and a decent man.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness, McCain is not Bush but there is an 90% chance he would continue policies very similar to Bush's regarding the middle class. Who do you think would get frozen out in his spending freeze?
The rich and corporations would get more tax cuts since McCain supports the Reagan school of wealth concentration.
Did you notice any time the rich get taxed it's contemptuously called redistribution of wealth or socialism?
But when the middle class has to carry more of a tax burden it's promoted as fair and the natural order of things. Never concentration of wealth or elitism or greed.
Like Bush and Cheney, McCain is willing to exploit the neo-fascist tendencies of his supporters to curtail government interference with the new elite and their wealth taken from the middle class.
Using nationalistic fervor and xenophobia directed at Obama, Palin has shown
that it is easy to manipulate the masses of Republicans. Government is portrayed as evil and not a necessary part of a democracy run by the people. The free market is touted as the best form of government , that is , until it recently collapsed and had to be rescued by us, the middle class.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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ONLY IN AMERICA IS THIS POSSIBLE:
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McCain and Palin are good at telling jokes, and calling people names.

They now dare call people who want to solve the country's economic problems "socialists" simply because they oppose the Bush policies and Bush Doctrine, which is pro big companies for which profit motto is "MORE IS NEVER ENOUGH"?

But ask them this: WHAT do they call themselves, along who those who want to continue the trickling of money upwards, from the bottom up? "Patriots" is their answer.

It' laughable and dislikable.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | October 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

To armpeg:

Speak for yourself.

I'm a white life-long registered independent voting for Obama/Biden.

The majority of the hate and racism in these comments seems to come from people like you.

We're all Americans. It is UnAmerican to denigrate another American. It is UnAmerican to spew garbage.

How about talking about the ways we can come together - as Americans - to get our country back on track again?

We're going to have to work together, all of us, to do it. Everyone is going to suffer some - whether by tax dollars, lower standard of living, etc.

Thank goodness all this nonsense is soon over. Everyone be sure to vote, and make sure those you know who are registered vote too.


Posted by: patrioticvet | October 19, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Is this endorsement motivated by race more than anything else "That comment was s predicable that I knew that was coming even before Powell's endorsement. And what do you think his linking welfare to the tax credits started by President Reagan is all about. Senator John McCain, the man I once respected and intended to vote for has lost all of his shame and dignity and now seems so desperate as to take up tactics from Joseph McCarthy and Lee Atwater. History will not treat his use of those tactics kindly.

Posted by: leichtman | October 19, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The endorsement that counts is your vote.

40% of registered voters did not vote in 2004.

It is still anybody's to win or lose.

The polls are meaningless because a huge percentage of the American public do not bother to vote.


Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed when watching John McCain speaks at rallies he is starting to fade away like worn out jeans.

and they are not talking about Palin much these days either.

Posted by: Kimmo1 | October 19, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Ha! I just have to laugh at all you people who have SUDDENLY decided that Colin Powell has lost his marbles. You all loved him as long as he towed the line with the rest of you dummies. Oh and thecannula, get an f-ing life. You must like living in this economy. Since you've got all the answers, maybe YOU should have run for president. Please. You're wasting good webpage space.

Posted by: Angel1011 | October 19, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

@explorerlight
Gen Powell certainly was not painting conservatives as narrow-minded, but rather the individuals who are making decisions in the McCain campaign and the Republican party in general (who may be conservatives but certainly are not acting as such in the Buckley or Reagan sense of the word).

Appealing strictly to one segment of the populace, in this case, social conservatives, is a narrowing of focus when McCain and Republicans should be making the case as to why voting their way would be in my better interest.

Posted by: somdliz | October 19, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Style and substance? Really? I guess Powell had to really hold his nose when he made that comment about Obama; especially after all these many months until the eleventh hour of the election. Powell's endorsement is hardly credible now. Yeah General ... we get it.

OIF Vet For McCain

Posted by: palmettonajjar | October 19, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

tommariner |.(tormenteder better name perhaps)

Have you been talking to your frend Joe th Skinhead non-pummer recently... is he exercicng his self-pitying bigotry ever day:
perhaps you 2 share tecqniques.
Learning words like socialist, and Benedict Arnold?

D"screed

Posted by: LuxLumina | October 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

From the beginning I, who had been a Republican for 60 years, knew that WMDs as well as nearly everything else that came out of the mouths of these NeoCon traitors were damnable lies. I cannot, however, come up with a logical reason as to why it took General Powell so long to wake up.

Posted by: ardwick | October 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is an incredibly intelligent person who made a huge mistake in believing the Bush/Cheney lies. That led him to give his United Nations speech in which he accused Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction.

To say that he is racist by supporting an incredibly intelligent and capable candidate- who is one half white and one half African American, is like saying a white man is racist for supporting another white man.

What nonsense. Why would even a white man endorse the war mongering white John McCain and his white inept Moose Killer from Wasilla? Racism? You betcha.

White Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell endored Barack Obama for only one reason, Obama's black, McCain is white. No real American could possibly endorse or vote for a guy who for over 20 years was a member and supporter of a religious cult, teaching and promoting racial hatred against white people and hatred for America. This black version of the Ku Klux Klan, Trinity UFC Church, was not only teaching and promoting this vile and racist black liberation propaganda but was in cahoots with the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who they honored on several occassions. Barack Obama's entire adult life was linked to these racist white--haters and America--haters, and yet Colin Powell, who I once respected as an American first and formost, endorses him. Skin-color and tribalism apparantly means more to Powell than Obama's 20 year support of racism and anti--Americanism.

Posted by: armpeg | October 19, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a war hero BUT I AM NOT VOTING FOR HIM

Sarah Palin makes good moose burgers but I Am NOT VOTING FOR HER!

I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden on the behalf of all the wonderful non bigot red neck flying monkey talking heads republicans.

Posted by: Kimmo1 | October 19, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

If you listen again to what Powell said, you'll find that the devisive nature of the McCain campaign is one of the things that has put him off that ticket.

That and the judgement shown by picking the Alaskan Governor, who, does not appear to him to be ready for office.

There were many other well argued reasons.

Just look at these comments below:
It is less important who ultimately wins this election, than how we comport ourselves in this country over the next month.

Democracy has to be practised impartially, and there cannot be any hint of shenanigans at the polls. Otherwise we are sunk. The campaigns should not try to sow irrational and unfounded fear into the electorate just to win. These underhanded, nefarious tactics might win an election but will ultimately loose the United States credibility on the world stage -- how can we promote democracy abroad -- when we cannot practise it even-handedly at home?

Colin Powell is not perfect. He's no fool either, and with the exception of -- and it's a serious one -- what he said at the UN about WMDs, he seems to me to be an honest broker.

If he thought McCain had more to offer, he'd have said so. He does not. Simple as that.

Posted by: rayrshah | October 19, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Powell is a "little late" to the RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY.

But he's still welcome.


Posted by: ElMugroso | October 19, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

We have heard from McCain and his supporters like forcer, that Ds and Obama are 'Socialists'.

"Obama is a Socialist - period."
I would like an honest reply to that logic/pablum.

1. What would you call the Partial Nationalizing of our Banks?

2. What President and what Party proposed
the partial Nationalizing of our banks?

3. The totally desperate John McCain thought that passage of the Bank Rescue bill was so important that he suspended his campaign and threatened to cancel the first debate to secure the socialist bill that your side seems to now ignore, that partially Naionalizes our Banks.

4. By your own logic, W and John McCain's push to Nationalize our banks makes them the real socialists.

Or perhaps you and John McCain sir believe that partial Nationalizing of our Banks and credit institutions is the best form of capatalism. CNBC, Larry Kudlow and the Wallstreet Journal would disagree with that, but I guess they too are no good socialists by your own logic.

Next time McCain dares to state that nonsensecallin Obama a socialist, someone in the media should ask him why he thought it so important for him to obtain passage of the Bank Nationalizing $700 billion dollar Rescue Package.

Apparently the proud GOP now sees their only chance of winning is to use tactics sraight out of the Joseph McCarthy playbook. In a time of real national ecomomic peril, that sure is reassuring.


Posted by: leichtman | October 19, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Three words: Et tu Brute!

In the great tradition of that other general, two words: Benedict Arnold.

The man we all admired because he wouldn't subject his family to the mudslinging by running ... just threw the biggest mudball of all. One word: dissapointed!

Posted by: tommariner | October 19, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

One positive aspect of Powell’s a statement for this website and some others is it drives the racist out of their mythical woodpile.
Just peruse the responses and you can see for certain (in most cases Its been obvious all along), but you will be able to identify the racist Whose point of view while spouting the Pseudo rational Clichés of conservatism are just naked closet racist.
Maybe it would be good to make a list, and paste it.
It also lets one see that the sincere, if misguided, conservatives and treat them with the respect that sincere belief deserves.
But you racist the spotlight is on you right now, and you are despicable miscreants that’s for certain.
D’Screed

Posted by: LuxLumina | October 19, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

explorerlight, I am a liberal and, well, as far as I know, I don't hate my neighbor. He is retired cop (he even has a gun!) and a great human.
The real problem is in the divisiveness of the last 10-15 years of politics. This needs to change, so that people get past the name calling and gross generalizations about each party. There is a broad spectrum of ideals within each party, but only the shouters seem to get heard.
Oh yeah, and regardless of how (in my opinion) the last 8 years have gone, I still would live here in this country rather than any other.
So much for libs hating America.

Posted by: steveinohio | October 19, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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Fellows, this is truly not a race about race.

It is a race out of our country's dire situation.

If anyone feels it's "about race" he better question his own conscience as to whether the generalized dislike for McCain, Palin AND Bush is "because they are white".

But, those who want to be self-deceived, or deceived by others still exist.

But, NO ONE is born deceived.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | October 19, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Ever notice that nobody used words like "socialist" to describe Obama until the McCain campaign began to do so?

Monkee see. Monkey do.

The greater irony is that "capitalist" is being proven to be a far dirtier word.

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Good to have you with us, Mr. Powell. The most meaningful endorsements come from reasonable men.

Posted by: old_hippie | October 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse


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Colin Powell has gone from leading Presidential Candidate who many Republicans would have vote for to COMPLETE FOOL.


Please get us some endorsements which are not motivated by RACE.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Although I'm sure the true racists won't even bother to think about the following comment, but I hope others will...

The DEFINITIVE argument for why 97% of blacks will vote for Obama is NOT racist, while whatever that % of white is that will not vote for Obama IS racist is simple: Those 97% of blacks are not voting AGAINST McCain because he is white. SOME may be doing so, but not all. The fact is that other black candidates have run for the office and have not gained the black vote--not even enough to secure the nomination (or even stay in the race very long).

When we call certain whites racist (no, not all!) because they will not vote for Obama we call them that because they would never vote for Obama (and many in these comment areas have even admitted this), for any reason. Those are people who are voting AGAINST the man's race, not his policies and are NOT voting FOR his opponent.

With racism, you vote AGAINST. Who can say that a large majority of blacks are voting AGAINST McCain? No, like Colin Powell, they are not voting against. They are voting for.

Posted by: pasc1 | October 19, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are not like your Christ." Mohandas Ghandi

Tom22, seriously, get a life. Maybe a nice place like Alaska. Hear they want their own country. Teh snow is white there, too.

Posted by: steveinohio | October 19, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse


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Is this endorsement motivated by race more than anything else - seriously did the white guy have a level playing field to get this endorsement?


Colin Powell give us a break.


Any party that gives a person a high-level cabinet position deserves a measure of loyalty which we obviously do not see here.


Powell should not blame McCain for Bush and Cheney.


John McCain is not President Bush - John McCain is vastly different from Bush. I am extremely disappointed in Powell and I have to wonder what kind of judgement he has.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It is quite curious how liberals, and sadly now Mr. Powell, paint conservatives as "narrow" minded. That is in striking "opposition" to the open mindedness of their ethos: they love and respect people of all faiths except for Christians, people of all nations except for Americans, people of despicable moral values except for those that founded this country, people who kill first and ask later to those who live by our constitution. You claim to be open minded and see far into the horizon; but your horizon is tainted by the hate of your next door neighbor. I don't believe you can love humanity and hate your neighbor, which is exactly what a most liberals feel about every American who dares to differ.

Mr. Powell is entitled to choose his candidate, but he does not have to adopt the condescending liberal line: that the conservative discourse is "narrow" and so is McCain. That makes me doubt his motives and think that perhaps he is revengeful of his old party.

Posted by: explorerlight | October 19, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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If RACE is not an issue, then the black community should split its vote between McCain and Obama at ratios closer to the ratios of the entire nation -


SO HA -

When the black community starts to be colorblind get back to us.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell, while endorsing Senator Obama, made it quite clear that that decision started to germinate, after Senator McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.

There are some things that Powell did not say that everyone needs to know.

Sarah Palin has accused Senator Obama of 'palling around with terrorists,' and being 'anti-American.'

Yet, Palin's husband was a long-time member of a party that advocated seceding from the United States. And Sarah Palin has proudly addressed AIP's annual convention on more than 1 occasion.

It does not get more hypocritical than that.

Read the story, and watch her address this year's Alaskan Independence Party convention, at:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-secessionists.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 19, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

That’s great about Colin Powell’s endorsement. I am a white middle aged woman living in Toronto wishing we had an Obama here regardless of his skin colour.

We just had a very boring election in Canada with a Conservative win. Our “Democrats” are called “Liberals” – they lost the election so badly, the leader will resign tomorrow.

Had we had an Obama running for the Liberal party, we would now have a Liberal Majority as opposed to a Conservative Minority government.

I would vote for Obama if he were white, black, purple or striped.

The USA is very fortunate to have him.

I hope no one will start criticising me regarding Canada’s position on Iraq or Canada’s position in Afghanistan. After all, I have nothing to do with it; moreover this is a comment about Colin Powell.

Posted by: Toronto2 | October 19, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Fearisthemindkiller (12:17), I heartily agree with you.
One of the things I have found most interesting and saddening is the rallies over the last few weeks show that even though we are a great nation, a melting-pot, fear and anger still rule when large groups get together. I will always maintain that humanity will not change, regardless of religion, race, culture, economics, etc.
And, btw, while a democratic voter and dismayed with the behavior reported from the GOP rallies, I don't condone the act of those fools and their "Sarah Palin is a...." shirts, either.
Civilized discussion always trumps rage in outcome, but getting people to the table is near-impossible.

Posted by: steveinohio | October 19, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"Style and substance?" Really? I guess General Powell really had to hold his nose when he used that description for Obama; especially since it took Powell twenty one months to say anything about the Nicotine gum smacking shyster who thinks he'll be president. Yeah, we get it General.

OIFVetForMcCain

Posted by: palmettonajjar | October 19, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"Get over yourselves you haters and bigots. America is through with your type of ugliness and character assassination. You call yourselves "Christian?" Jesus would have some questions for you.

Not this time.

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968"

Oh please. Get over yourself. Your voting for Obama because he's a Black Guy and you've been trained all your life by the MSM, the Public Schools, and Society to crave having a BLACK FRIEND. Now, go and vote for your NEW BLACK FRIEND like you've been instructed to. I just wish there was more people who for themselves.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

RELIGION, RACE, COLOR IS NOT THE ISSUE FOR ELECTING A PRESIDENT. IT IS STRICTLY WHO HAS A BETTER CHANCE TO KEEP AMERICA AND AMERICANS ON THEIR FEET. WE SURE DO NOT NEED OUR BEST SELLERS IN THE RETAIL TRADE "TIN CUPS" LIKR IN 1929.

A MAN, WITH HONOR AND RESPECT, LIKE GENERAL COLIN POWELL IS A MAN I WOULD BELIEVE WE HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE IN THIS COUNTRY.

THANK YOU GENERAL - WE SHOULD BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR YOUR HONESTY AND INTELLECT AND MOST OF ALL YOUR INTEGRETY!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

TRIVIA QUESTION:

Please name 3 successful Black Leaders who have shown proven Executive Experience?

Let's see
-Ray Nagin- Bush gets a lot of the blame bu Nagin was completely incompetent during Katrina
-Deval Patrick - Loved by Liberal Whites in Massachusetts but has screwed up the budget there and been involved with misusing goverment funds (a Black guy misusing govt. funds - how surprising)
-Nelson Mandela - The Biggest Joke is that he is a Leader. During his Reign of Incompetence as Leader of South Africa (Never a bad word reported about him in the MSB btw) he ruined the economy and managed to set up a system in which AIDS has spread like wild fire across the country.
-Thabo Mbeki - Just like Mandela except he refused anti-retroviral meds for sick people because it's cheaper if these people just die (he lied when he said he though HIV didn't cause AIDS btw - it'a all about $$$).
-David Dinkins - What a joke. NYC was like the Wild Wild Wild West when he was Mayor except with more powerful guns and lots of drugs.

3 successful Black leaders with executive esperience??? I'd like to know of 3 before I hand the keys of the country over to a guy who was in the Senaate for 136 days before he started running for President. Obama has never accomplished anything in his life except pushing his own career forward. 3 SUCCESSFUL BLACK LEADERS??? Someone please name them. Ha Ha Ha!

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse


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Is Colin Powell's endorsement motivated by race more than anything else - seriously did the white guy have a level playing field to get this endorsement?


Colin Powell give us a break.


Any party that gives a person a high-level cabinet position deserves a measure of loyalty which we obviously do not see here.


Powell should not blame McCain for Bush and Cheney.


John McCain is not President Bush - John McCain is vastly different from Bush. I am extremely disappointed in Powell and I have to wonder what kind of judgement he has.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Through out these comments is the proof of the complete ignorance that Gen. Powell spoke of. After a President that has done more to destroy every aspect of the rule of law, the constitution and redistributed wealth to the top 1%. Fighting an illegal war to create 150 dollar a barrel oil and leaving it on the tab of the working class and their children and grand children. Idiots that can not comprehend or welcome their own enslavement to a corporatist fascist ideal now spout "socialist" about fairness to all Americans even themselves. Witness here the absolute and utter stupidity of the poisonous cancer that is destroying our society!

Posted by: mightytightywhity | October 19, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

So let's get this straight, ask any black before today to describe CP and you would have heard he is nothing but an uncle tom.

Now he's a hero because he supports "the one"

BTW, to the previous poster about the white sheet with two holes, you have your parties mixed up, the Republican party freed the slaves, the democrats are the racist KKK (ask Sen Byrd (D) WV)...

Posted by: pavillion | October 19, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What we appreciate is Powell's recognition for a need for a transgenerational figure. What is going on in the world and in America right now is way beyond race ... if only it were that simplistic. Those of you who are posting in response to this story with statements regarding the "blackness" of Powell and Obama are surly out of touch and it is the type of attitudes and thoughts of the likes of you that we desire to transition beyond. It is a NEW DAY and a NEW TIME. Your devisive rhetoric has no control nor power over our thoughts, minds, hearts, or actions as they may have in the past. My only hope for you race-baters is that you will join the tide of humanity as oppose to remain in your desending state of ignorance and the pathetic.

Posted by: WordNow | October 19, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"he has a Muslim name"

"No Christian White Guy with 136 days experience in the U.S. Senate.

the nut cases are going wild here today.

As a matter of fact "Hussein" is not a "Muslim" name. It is a name common in countries where arabic and swahili are spoken. Many Christians in these places are named Hussein. I lived in Egypt for many years and had a good friend who was Coptic Christian- his name was Hussein- which meand "Blessed" in arabic.

As far as the experience- check out Abraham Lincoln's "experience."

Get over yourselves you haters and bigots. America is through with your type of ugliness and character assassination. You call yourselves "Christian?" Jesus would have some questions for you.

Not this time.

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN.

Posted by: mrtutto | October 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Tom22, I read three comments and have no need to read further. You are an idiot. Too bad 1936 Berlin is so long ago and far away, eh...??

Posted by: steveinohio | October 19, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

FAR FROM BEING A POLITICAL EXPERT, IT WOULD SEEM THAT IF POSSIBLE MCCAIN SHOULD EXCUSE HIMSELF FROM RUNNING NOW AND SEND "YOU BETCHA" SP HOME!

THE ENDORESEMENT BY GENERAL POWELL IS CERTAINLY A CLINCHER FOR OBAMA, AND A REAL "HIT IN THE HEAD" TO OUR FORMER CLOWN LEADER,GWB.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DEMS AND OBAMA, JOE BIDEN AND ALL THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE IN THE DEM. PARTY, AND THAT CERTAINLY INCLUDES BILL AND HILLARY!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 19, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"The Democratic Party is a big tent party. It attracts people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. The Republican Party is a small tent party. Its tent consists of a white sheet with two holes cut out to see through.

Posted by: hamishdad"

Whites are also the people who wrote the Magna Carta, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc. They are the reason people like your famiily were given the right (via the Ted Kennedy backed 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act) come here to leech and game the system rather than act humbly and contribute like previous immigrants (the Italian, Irish, Polish, etc.) did. Go back to where you came from or pitch in and contribute.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

When I read that 90% of Blacks will vote for Barack Obama, I am disturbed because normally in an election the Democratic candidate gets 95% of the black vote. I do think that there is some same color discrimination going on here.

Posted by: mrtutto | October 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Why do you find Muslims so offensive?

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 12:25 PM

Because it is a lie. But obviously, lies are not offensive to you!

Posted by: urban4 | October 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is an incredibly intelligent person who made a huge mistake in believing the Bush/Cheney lies. That led him to give his United Nations speech in which he accused Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction.

To say that he is racist by supporting an incredibly intelligent and capable candidate- who is one half white and one half African American, is like saying a white man is racist for supporting another white man.

What nonsense. Why would even a white man endorse the war mongering white John McCain and his white inept Moose Killer from Wasilla? Racism? You betcha.

White Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hippoman
Socialists mainly share the belief that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital, and creates an unequal society. All socialists advocate the creation of an egalitarian society, in which wealth and power are distributed more evenly.

Obama is a Socialist - period.

Posted by: forcer | October 19, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is NOT a Muslim. He is a Christian who goes to church more often than McCain.

Posted by: mebwe | "

Why are you so defensive? His mom listed him as Muslim on his grade school application, his father was Muslim, he has a Muslim name, he went to the Muslim sponsored Million Man March when he was 33, and he told Paul Krugman of the NY Times that when he was having trouble in college he would consult the Koran.

He may not be "Officially" a practicing Muslim now but he is certainly influenced and inspired by the Muslim faith.

Why do you find Muslims so offensive?

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party is a big tent party. It attracts people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. The Republican Party is a small tent party. Its tent consists of a white sheet with two holes cut out to see through.

Posted by: hamishdad | October 19, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is confident that the momentum is going his way. The only thing that I can see blowing his way is the foul smell of Sarah Palin. Nobody has told John yet, but the RNC has given up on him and are already priming Palin for 2012. They just haven't turned off his life support yet.

Posted by: mrtutto | October 19, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

To all of you who say that Powell endorsed Obama simply because they're both black, I guess it would have been okay for you if Powell had endorsed McCain simply because they're both military men. Is there any chance that you listened to General Powell's explanation? Or are you just too cynical that you think this admirable man is lying through his teeth?

Posted by: dognabbit |"

I'm not cynical. I take it as a fact that Powell endorsed Obama because he's Black. Just as I take it as a fact that many White people are voting for Obama simply because he's Black.

No Christian White Guy with 136 days experience in the U.S. Senate and associations with Terrorists could ever hope to get 1% of the vote. But, Obama will win in a 15 point landslide on Election Day. There are both Black and Whiet People who are voting for him because he's Black. On the white side it's baceause of WHITE GUILT, the craving to have that elusive normal BLACK FRIEND, and Basic Training (just like the indoctrination the U.S. Marines go through) in Diversity by their Parents, the Public Schools, and the MSM. Blacks are mainly voting for Obama out of Pride, the reality that he will give them more Political Power, and hoped for Revenge against EVIL WHITEY!

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Stop the presses. Alert the media. I can't believe it!!! History has been made in America. A black man - are you sitting down for this - a black man has indicated he will vote for another black man for president. Unbelievable. This black man now joins roughly 99% of the other black men who will vote for another black man for president. If it were the other way around - 99% of white men voting for the white man the headlines would SCREAM racism in America.

Posted by: forcer | October 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is NOT a Muslim. He is a Christian who goes to church more often than McCain.

Doesn't this panel have a moderator? It's okay to post facts or opinions, but outright falsehoods should be taken off the comments. You have a right to your opinion, but you don't have a right to invent "facts."

Posted by: mebwe | October 19, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Our soldiers and sailors in Afghanistan and Iraq donate to Obama 6 to 1!!! over John McCain. That to me, speaks louder

Posted by: hollieseven | October 19, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell's endorsement will have a negative effect on anti-war supporters of Obama, remembering that Powell sold his soul to the devil (Bush) and lied his ass off in front of the UN, the nation, and the world. His credibility is minus among that group. Among independents, Powell is seen as a loyal soldier who saluted his commander (Bush) and lied for him. Not much honor there - his loyalty is counter-balanced by his lack of principle. The only people who may be affected are Republicans. They will see another life-long Republican abandoning ship. They will be dissapointed. But then again, I can't predict what Republicans will do, I think Powell is and always was a political general and opportunist. This, to me is just another one of his political moves - cynical and really of no consequence. I would like to see him tried for war crimes along with Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush.

Posted by: lorax2 | October 19, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is an incredibly intelligent person who made a huge mistake in believing the Bush/Cheney lies. That led him to give his United Nations speech in which he accused Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction.

To say that he is racist by supporting an incredibly intelligent and capable candidate- who is one half white and one half African American, is like saying a white man is racist for supporting another white man.

What nonsense. Why would even a white man endorse the war mongering white John McCain and his white inept Moose Killer from Wasilla? Racism? You betcha.

White Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Powell is voting for "Hussein" Obama because he is black?? Is he also "in the tank" for Obama? Socialism? Ayres? Rezko? What a load of crap. Low road fear politics.
90% of blacks support Obama (how did he lose the other 5% that usually vote for the Democrat)? Should they vote for "Sidney" McCain because of the inclusive nature of the Republican party?
Is it all about fear & hate for the right wing bullies???
16 more days: Obama/Biden elected and we begin the path to reform.

Posted by: dahnb2000 | October 19, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Most of you people who call Obama a "socialist" wouldn't know a socialist if you tripped over one of them. On a "socialistic" scale of 1 to 10, with Fidel Castro at 10 and, say, some Libertarian like Bill Redpath at 1, you have John McCain at 4.00 and Barack Obama at 4.05.

Any by the way, Ronald Reagan would get something like 5.00 or 5.50 on that scale.

You people throwing around the "socialist" label are desperately trying to come up with any argument possible to discredit Obama ... however specious and dishonest it may be.

The mindless, idiotic attempt to stick the "terrorist" label on him failed miserably. The "elitist" label fell on its face. And calling him a "socialist" isn't going to work any better.

Unemployment is rising even now and the economy is tanking worse than it's done in 70 years, with the current Republican administration still at the helm. You can't blame that on Obama.

If I was a Republican, I'd want to tar and feather George W. Bush and ride him out of Washington on a rail. He and his people have done more to hurt the United States and, of course, the G.O.P. than any administration since the Republican Party first came into existence.

You should blame Obama's success on George W. Bush.

Let's face it: Obama isn't going to win this election as much as McCain and the entire Republican party is going to lose it. The G.O.P. has run out of ideas, and all that's left to them is to desperately resort to name calling and fear mongering.

Posted by: HippoMan | October 19, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

These comments are so tired and typical of people who have little historical basis for what they are saying.

Most of you are knee-jerk voters who have very little idea what is really happening in the country and why, and what you do "know" is fed to you by television and partisan dribble from both sides.

Invective and assault is not a substitute for reason and logic and moving this country into a positive direction. However, most people in this country are so entitled that we are living in a nation of individuals rather than individuals forming the nation and supporting the common good. These sympathies border on nationalism, and if you study history, you'll know where that leads.

Powell is a pragmatic person who is post partisan and he has made the choice he believes in. Does this make him abad person, or un-american, no!

Some of you say McCain is bad or un-american because some of the things he's said or done, but is he really? I don't think so.

Some of you have said that Obama is un-american and unpatriotic and a muslim, etc...

Let me say, if you really believe that about Obama, then you have no business voting in this election for any candidate because you have not earned the right to participate in a reasoned discussion of how to move this country into a positive direction.

You're all allowing yourselves to be hoodwinked by either side.

Presisdent Reagan raised taxes, George Bush senior raised taxes, were they un-american and socialist? Nixon conducted illegal acts and had to resign lest he was impeached, was he un-american and unpatriotic?

When Clinton was running he was tagged and a commie for backpacking through Russia, was he un-american or unpatriotic?

All you see is what's immediately in front of you with zero appreciation of what's behind you and on your periphery and the country is in deep trouble because of this.

I weep for America.

Posted by: fearisthemindkiller | October 19, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL WAS THE REASON WE WENT INTO THE IRAQ. HE TOLD US LIES ABOUT THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE A MAN THAT INDIRECTLY CAUSED OUR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND THE DEATH OF SO MANY SOLDIERS. COLIN POWELL LIED THEN AND HE IS LYING NOW.
DEAR COLIN POWELL YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGE A MAN BY THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN BUT BY THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican I am surprised by Powell's endorsement of McCain, because I simply do not trust Obama. I respect Powell's choice of endorsement, but I feel his endorsement of Obama, has unfortunately made this a race issue. Does he really think that Obama is better than McCain, or is it because Obama is black? I feel this will only make Republicans more likely to vote for McCain, and those undecided "White" voters to vote for McCain, because this has now become a race issue.

Posted by: JamesCPA | October 19, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Its funny that people are still falling for the 95% of the people are gettin tax cuts. Thats the equivelent of a store raising their prices before everything goes on sale. You cant raise taxes, then drop them a bit and call it a tax cut. Come on America, see the truth. See the Obama ticket for what it is. Marxist. About this article.. The first line should read "To avoid being called an Uncle Tom"

Posted by: Bash1 | October 19, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Eloquently worded and thought provoking endorsement from Gen. Powell. Sir, I salute you. You made excellent points.

I do feel for Sen. McCain. He deserved to be elected 8 years ago. We would all be much better off today. That said, I belive Obama has all the qualifications to become one of the greatest Presidents. That is why I will vote Obama.

Posted by: FLvoter1 | October 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the reasons for Powell Endorsing Obama it definitely WAS NOT because they are both BLACK GUYS!

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

To all of you who say that Powell endorsed Obama simply because they're both black, I guess it would have been okay for you if Powell had endorsed McCain simply because they're both military men. Is there any chance that you listened to General Powell's explanation? Or are you just too cynical that you think this admirable man is lying through his teeth?

Posted by: dognabbit | October 19, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I used to respect Colin Powell. He lost my respect by proving he is nothing more than a racist, a radical, and a socialist.

We sit on the verge of losing all of our freedoms as the freak-show ultra-liberal socialists tear apart our country.

God help us all if we put a terrorist in the White House.

Posted by: ZonaAZ | October 19, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

To say that Powell Endorsed Obama is a very racist notion. Do you think that he would have endorsed Jesse Jackson or does he support Luis Farrakan?
Colin Powell is an independent voter who has seen up front and personal the results of the failed Bush policies and like MOST independent voters, he is listening to the voice of reason and not that of treason and is doing what is best for America and the world.
I would not be surprised if many other people in this failed administration and failed war efforts privately pull the lever for Barrack as well. After all, it is the patriotic thing to do to help restore the constitution and dignity, liberty and justice for all.


Yes. If Powell endorses Obama it is a vote for Farrakan, Ayers, Wright, Jackson. Obama is not just Muslim. He is radical Muslim and he is going to make those white devils pay!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | October 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is a great man that has stated what most of America sees. I have never seen so many life long Republicans jump ship in the course of an Election. Bottom line is McCain has very poor judgement , erratic behavior , and will leave this Campiagn without Honor. Palin is not qualified NOT EVEN CLOSE. She needs to take her hate speech back to Alaska. John McCain needs to retire.

It will take decades for the Republican party to recover , if they ever do.

Posted by: cakemanjb | October 19, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Powell did the smart thing waiting. Myself, could not make up my mind until these last few weeks when the pressure was on and you saw how the campaigns reacted. As a 23 vet, I was disappointed in McCain's leadership and smear campaign. Both were unnerving and uncalled for. McCain could of won this with his experience and leadership ability through a crisis, but for some reason he seem to abandon these attributes for character attacks. Obama attacks are about McCain's policies, not character, there is a big difference.

John, you had all the reasons in the world to be our next President and if you lose, you have no one to blame but yourself. If anything, when the economic crisis happen, it should of been time for you to shine with your leadership ability and showing the American people who were going to be your troops to help us get out of this crisis. Instead, you took the low ground. Surprising and disappointing.

Powell was right, we would of never known if we would of decided early if you were our man (actually you were), but only after the campaign pressure increased, you fell apart.

Posted by: steveeyes | October 19, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I do have the highest respect for MR POWELL. I do like to think for my self, thus ,who endorse,s who makes no difference to me.

POWELL is a very smart man, and i did watch him make the case for the war, And he did not tell the truth, as he new that WMD,S was a BUSH LIE, He is not THAT DUMB.

Posted by: dv1236 | October 19, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

No surprise, just another point for the media to hammer on. My vote is still for McCain

Posted by: vet4u | October 19, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see what happens to our military if Obama gets elected....He has nothing good to say about our military oe country and they will start dropping out fasting they you can imagine....


So young adults - keep supporting Obama without a volunteer army.....guess who will be up for DRAFT.....You got it -
YOU WILL BE.

Posted by: dkn9 | October 19, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jc2728 | October 19, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I see from reading some dissenting "opinions" the McCain-Palin base is being reduced to those few whose analytical skills are less than impressive, and whose IQ's are apparently matched to their shoe size. It would be so scary if those types of people, bigots and cynics, who McCain now represents, were to run America for another 4 years or longer.

Posted by: bflagg | October 19, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

While I don't think that Powell's endorsement will move the polls much, it should hearten Obama supports and will take a point off the 'Are swayable' number.

Obama, as a candidate, is a fundamentally flawed one. His race is a big drag on his polling numbers. Hence the ease with which one can discount the flawed Powell endorsement of Obama, while not seeing the same flaw in a Giuliani endorsement of McCain.

In my eyes - Powell sold his soul selling the Iraq war - and his opinion is just that.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 19, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Gen. Powell endorses Obama for quite a few clear; strategically sound aguments. Arguments that any clear minded american has considrede for the same period of time and got them tilted to Obama. Obama in dire times is the leader our country need; as simple as that; he has the skills, the brains, the knack to do it and McCain-alas- does not have it.
But the reactions to this endorsment say a lot about those who are enraged enough to throw mud at Powell. It says how much Poweel endorsement in favor of McCain would have been welcomed and enjoyed. Their loss is equivalent to treason. Yet CP did simply put his country first...

Posted by: THERESEPRIEUR04 | October 19, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is the only one in this race that can win wars. Who can forget his glorious victory parade through the boulevards of Hanoi.

He can do it again. Iraq will be another Vietnam. And then Iran. And then Russia. After such winning streak, what the heck, let's invade France too. Why change when everything is just fine?

Posted by: edantes | October 19, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is a Coward.

Posted by: dkn9 | October 19, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Powell was a loyal member of the Bush administration who was sent to the cleaners by the Neocons. He is entitled to his distinguished view.
I'd take a Powell endorsement over Lieberman anyday.
Posted by: williambanzai7
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Amen.

Posted by: winnetoo | October 19, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow, even as loyal a Republican as Colin Powell has no use for McCain. This endorsement was expected but it is still big news. I think Powell like most Americans has to feel disappointed in steadiness of McCain and his irresponsibility as a candidate. McCain has appeared to be volatile and erratic. He has reinforced this impression by his nutty choice of pretty Sarah Pailin as his running mate. She has demonstrated that she is totally unfit to be President. Powel is an expert he has worked with presidents and knows what it takes. Is it any wonder that this thoughtful man he would be appalled by McCain.

Powell has remained his whole life a strong Republican even when his party was taken over by the white southern establishment. He served loyally when we marched off to war in Iraq in spite of his own misgivings. This is a big deal for Powell personally. Frankly if you a Republican and you are not happy with the way the country is headed yet you can’t quite bring yourself to hold your nose and vote for the Democrat Obama a thoughtful person could look to a third party or leave the race blank.

Posted by: bfc1949 | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I didn't know Powell was a Marxist sympathizer.

Obama has put a income limit on the American Dream. Clearly, a Marxist ideology.

Posted by: Superpower | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Bwahahahahahahaha...

There was a smidgen of possibility that McCain could win. Fear is the fire destroying this Country. And fear of McSame and Caribou Barbie has fanned the flames.

With this endorsement, what few vacuous neocons there are left will just give up and go cower in their hidey-holes.

I can sleep well again.

Posted by: jrea | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I heard some of Powell's comments. About half of them were lies. Face facts, he is going for Hussein Obama because he is black,it is the simple truth. This whole election is all about race and nothing more. Take all the Obama rhetoric and dissect it and what you have is a racist, lying, phony,who is where he is at, because he is black.If he were white and had associates like Wright, Ayers, Rezko, etc. and made clinging comments,and racist remarks about blacks, include his wife and her radical views and he would have been put in jail for hate speech.He sure would never get a security clearance.But when you have 90% of blacks, 90% of the biased media(MSNBC,CNN,ABC, etc,) 90% of newspapers,(Post,NY Times,etc) and 90% of blogs protecting and supporting him,and Acorn pushing illegal voters, of course he has a big edge.It is despicable. If this dangerous Marxist, socialist wins it will be the most corrupt election there ever was.Hussein Obama, Palosi and Reid leading the country, what a nightmare.His win would be the beginning of the downfall of America and the beginning of socialism or communism in this country. God help the USA!!!!!!

Posted by: frankv | October 19, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Powel endorses Obama. I see it the same issues as when Oprah endorsed Obama. Race over substance. But hey, that's okay as long as you're not a white man endorseing a white man just because he's white. That would be racist. But it's okay when a black man crosses over from Rep to Dem and dismisses his party & all he has ever stood for. No, that's not racist. that's just the Messiah effect I guess. Liberals, you can keep your Messiah, mine already came & saved my soul. Yours will sell his soul and take yours as well to win this election.

Posted by: LFforMcCain | October 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell endorsement at least turned a few repuplican votes around. This man is respected by many republicans. I can see many republicans acting republican in public and voting for Barack in the secret ballot. Condolezza Rice is one of them.

Posted by: lando1 | October 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

HA HA HA Republicans loved Powell and praised him. Now when Powell endorses Obama you will hear these same Republicans chew him up with lies and disgraceful comments.
The truth is: Intelligence wins this time over red neck dysfunctional talking head Republicans and will elect a Democrat to the White House to clean up the Republican's mess.

IT'S OVER FOR McCAIN and Palin< OVER

I can understand why these Republicans are so FRUSTRATED knowing Obama is going to win this election. They are so upset and waiting for the moment that their brain cells are going to explode when reality hits them that McCain and Palin have lost.

lets us pray for the fallen Republican red neck dysfunctional talking heads who will suffer in the years ahead unwelcomed and locked up in the shadows of McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Kimmo1 | October 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

alternative scenario to doomsayer luszlips: obama does what he says on the tin- engages with those who feel they have a grievance with america and looks for economic and diplomatic solutions-result: peace stability prosperity. he must be doing something right to be attracting the loolahs out of the woodwork with the racist comments.

Posted by: phrage | October 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I think Powell's inclusiveness message is very important. As we face two wars and a global economic crisis that will take years to dig out from, it is imperative that we Americans unite in common purpose to put ourselves on the right track. This is not a 50% plus one election. Powell properly points out that Obama's inclusiveness is an important factor in choosing our next president AND in charting our course forward. Beautiful timing, General!

Posted by: optimyst | October 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I suppose this wondering vagabond Mr. CP is having a hard time finding employement. It seems odd that no one has heard from him for how many years? If McCain was ahead by 10 percent in the polls, I am sure he would be out endorsing McCain. You have to do what you have to do!!!

Posted by: amsterdam1 | October 19, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Two of the key arguments of Colin Powell, and other Republicans switching sides:
- the smearing and polarizing by McCain
- the choice of Gov. Palin
Both recent events.
McCain can only blame himself. The way you control your campaign (or not) is very much an indication of how you will run the White House.

Posted by: winnetoo | October 19, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, judging by right-wingers venom toward Powell, I'd say this endorsement hurts.

Posted by: dognabbit | October 19, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL MAY HELP STAVE OFF AN INCIPIENT COUP:

WHAT IF McCAIN-PALIN'S STRATEGY IS AIMED NOT AT VOTERS, BUT AT THE APPARACHIK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 19, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

To say that Powell Endorsed Obama is a very racist notion. Do you think that he would have endorsed Jesse Jackson or does he support Luis Farrakan?
Colin Powell is an independent voter who has seen up front and personal the results of the failed Bush policies and like MOST independent voters, he is listening to the voice of reason and not that of treason and is doing what is best for America and the world.
I would not be surprised if many other people in this failed administration and failed war efforts privately pull the lever for Barrack as well. After all, it is the patriotic thing to do to help restore the constitution and dignity, liberty and justice for all.

Posted by: costaricanet | October 19, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Powell is obviously trying to ensure that when the Dems sweep into power he will not be investigated for helping to set up and promote the Iraq war and for lying to this country and to the entire world as to the reasons for the war. Powell is just another one of the liers and near-do-wells surrounding Obama.

Posted by: Comments | October 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

So...Do you suppose B. Hussein Obama would have gotten Powell's endorsement if he weren't black? Sad, I used to really respect Mr. Powell. Speaking of which, did you happen to see Howard Stern doing his own "polls" on the streets? Blacks were interviewed regarding Obama, but with McCain's agenda. They all supported Obama 100%...even with Palin as his VP!! LMAO!!

Posted by: jeepmanjr | October 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama has no clue as to what it is he is doing. Timing in life is everything. Right time, right place. As Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: lbush427 | October 19, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me that the black community can not see past the color of their skin. I guess, racism comes in many colors. I question of why Colin Powell is pledging allegiance to Obama 3 weeks before Obama becomes a president. The only explanation is POWELL IS TRYING TO GET IN OBAMA's ADMINISTRATION. THIS WAY OBAMA CAN CLAIM THAT HE REACHED ACROSS THE ISLE WHEN HE PICKS POWELL FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION. WHAT A SHAM.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 19, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

So what? Here's a list of McCain endorsments, including Kissinger, Haig, Eagleburger and Schultz, and Schwarzkopf:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_John_McCain_presidential_campaign_endorsements

Amusing that is also includes the least chromasomally challenged of the Baldwin brothers: Stephen. LOL.

Posted by: RM23 | October 19, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

luszlips, you said it all and by the way very well. The screw turns.

Posted by: WhoKnows1 | October 19, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Powell was a loyal member of the Bush administration who was sent to the cleaners by the Neocons. He is entitled to his distinguished view.

I'd take a Powell endorsement over Lieberman anyday.

Good for Obama!

Posted by: williambanzai7 | October 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

So tell me please, all you "Obama will cost us jobs" squealers..

we're under your favorite administration now -- why is unemployment skyrocketing?
Why has the dollar been on a rollercoaster?
Why are energy costs through the roof?
Why are American students faring worse than ever?
Why are our banks becoming nationalized?

This is all happening under ***your ***god-forsaken Republican administration.
And before you squeal that Democrats control congress - take a look at what happens when Bush vetoes their bills. They don't have the majority to override. So who's really got control?

A Democrat left us with a record surplus, a Republican is leaving us with a record deficit. Let me guess -- it's somehow the Democrats fault, or its Al Qaeda's fault or its Venezuela's fault.

It's never you, it's always someone else's fault right. Funny, that is what you claim that African Americans are always saying.
You probably should do a double-take right about now. The world has changed right under your nose and you have no place in it any longer.

Posted by: mks310 | October 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The Greeks of United States of America will vote for Barack Obama. The Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has strong friends in the Greek community of United States. Genius composer Panayoti Karousos that innovates opera with a high melodic simplicity and epic greatness endorses Obama in his way to present the opera Prometheus in Washington DC right after the presidential elections this November.
He said during his concert in Chicago Illinois that presented the opera Alexander the Great that: ‘we need an open-minded president that will support the Greek issues and Barack Obama is that person. A new strong alliance between Greece and America is important for the stabilization of the Balkans. Mr. Obama knows history and love ancient Greek philosophy, we need him at the White House and we will all vote to make this happened’.

Posted by: ThomasHenrys | October 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I’m a veteran of Gulf War 1. I was honorably discharged in 1995 after 6 years in the US Army, so I don’t need any of you armchair quarterbacks giving me any garbage about being anti-military.
Individuals need to be judged on basis of their own merits and demerits, regardless of their time spent in uniform. The timing of Colin Powell's endorsement is obvious - he waited until the last minute, until the polls indicated the likely winner of the race. How convenient - I suppose he wants his "legacy" to indicate he picked a winner, for once. Colin Powell might have spent his career in the military, but he's still only an Uncle Tom - he sold out to the Bush administration and made a fool of himself before the UN with a load of Cheney/bush's fabricated stories about WMD. His ultimate accomplishment? Over 4000 US dead, 30,000+ US injured, 100,000+ Iraqi dead, countless Iraqis and Afghans injured and displaced, almost a trillion of our tax dollars squandered and no end in sight. Hero? Not hardly. Obama will not likely reject his endorsement, but Powell's is a political move only, from a man desperate to revise the history book’s accounts of his career.

Posted by: redstateblues1 | October 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I think Powell has sold his soul too many times to be still considered "arguably -- the most popular political figure in the country."

But, that said, it was classic piece of theater from the old Powell we knew and used to love.

Too bad John McCain couldn't go back to being the old John McCain -- or not. I'd still be supporting Obama and my comment about Powell endorsing McCain would have been the same, but sounded a lot more like sour grapes....

Posted by: mikerose2 | October 19, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell's endorsement may serve to be the final letdown for McCain's supporters. Yes, Obama will pick up a few more votes, but, more significantly, we can expect a chunk of McCain's soft supporters to stay away from the voting booth, lamenting, "What's the point?"

Christopher Buckley, Charlie Crist, George Will, the Chicago Tribune, and now Colin Powell are all less than enthusiastic about McCain's candidacy. They are surely a sign of Republicans, in general.

Posted by: dognabbit | October 19, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Prediction of what is to come: Obama wins election. Obama pulls troops out of middle east. Al Queda claims victory, increases attacks in the US, Europe and middle east. Tehran supports Al Queda to attack Israel. Israel uses nukes against Iran. Sh**t breaks out in the world, Obama redeploys troops to the middle east and our involvement increases in impending WWIII. Liberals with their sh**t moral values will push our culture and US economy over the edge. Downfall of USA. All great empires collapsed after their moral values where flushed down the toilet, we are no exception.

Whow!! what a great presidency this will be, we will all wish for the good old days of Bush :)

Posted by: luszlips | October 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell, despite his doubts, and after arguing against the decision internally, dutifully served his President by making the best case he could for his President's decision - and now that decision makes Iraq HIS fault?

Not to mention, if you think Iraq was his "fault," then you do mean to admit going to war in a nation where al Qaeda was not then even a factor was a mistake, right? That would be a welcome turn to honesty on the part of the right. Might want to check that out with party HQ first, though. Last I saw, they were still trying to fool enough of the people enough of the time on that one. Heck, I'd settle for you finally admitting that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, not too tough on you since it is indisputable fact.

Posted by: NomoStew | October 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Are all McCain supporters crackpots in tin-foil hats, or is it just the ones that post here ? It would be funny if they weren't serious, instead it's sad. What pathetic little lives you guys must lead. Hopefully the Mother-ship will land and take you back to your home plants soon. What a bunch of stooges.

Posted by: F7711 | October 19, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

McCain's Friend G. Gordon Liddy.

"What McCain didn't mention is that he has his own Bill Ayers—in the form of G. Gordon Liddy. Now a conservative radio talk-show host, Liddy spent more than 4 years in prison for his role in the 1972 Watergate burglary. That was just one element of what Liddy did, and proposed to do, in a secret White House effort to subvert the Constitution. Far from repudiating him, McCain has embraced him.

How close are McCain and Liddy? At least as close as Obama and Ayers appear to be. In 1998, Liddy's home was the site of a McCain fundraiser. Over the years, he has made at least four contributions totaling $5,000 to the senator's campaigns—including $1,000 this year. Last November, McCain went on his radio show. Liddy greeted him as "an old friend," and McCain sounded like one. "I'm proud of you, I'm proud of your family," he gushed. "It's always a pleasure for me to come on your program, Gordon, and congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great."

Read and Educate Yourselves before spitting hatred you vile narrow minded racist. Ayers or Liddy you make the judgment!

Posted by: david_roberson2 | October 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Powell is black. I'm sure that has notghing to do with it because as a man of "character" he is above identity politics, just as 99% of African americans are. Whats next - NEWS FLASH, Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson endorse Obama.

Posted by: mmitch01

Actually the percentage was not even close to 99% until now, probably in the high 80's, but this endorsement is sure gonna help, among conservative persons of color. You betcha!

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Powell mentioned the substance of the campaigns as one of his reasons for making this endorsement. We real Christians are tired of the degrading of our faith by the McCain Camp. .................

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/19/the-ayers-of-christian-redemption/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

No surprise with Powell. He is a wet noodle that has always used his race to get to his place in life. Blacks will vote for Blacks and not the best canidate for the job no matter who it is. Remember Marion Barry? Typical example. McCain should have won this election hands down. He ran a very bad campaign because he had to always be politically correct, when Obama did just the opposite. It is going to be a tuff 4 years. Another Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: lbush427 | October 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Did he really say style was a qualification to be president? Is style a code word for B.S. ?

Posted by: MM13 | October 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The idea that Colin Powell raised about the Palin-GOP campaign that bothered him the most is the image of a mother at a grave in Arlington he saw. Her dead son's grave stone has notice of his medals, and his religion, MUSLIM. He was 14 when the 9-11 happened, and when he was old enough he volunteered.

1. Obama is a Christian.

2. It is legal and good for a man or woman who is a practicing Muslim to run for office in the USA.

The Palin campaign is corrupt and immoral in its abuse of Americans. No candidate is Un-American. No members of Congress are Un-American, just because their points of view are not those of Sarah Palin and the rabble she is allowing to call for murder, beatings and assassination.

VOTE Obama 08

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

HA HA HA Republicans loved Powell and praised him. Now when Powell endorses Obama you will hear these same Republicans chew him up with lies and disgraceful comments.
The truth is: Intelligence wins this time over red neck dysfunctional talking head Republicans and will elect a Democrat to the White House to clean up the Republican's mess.

Posted by: Kimmo1 | October 19, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Not even reality and truth this direct can sway the rightists, apparently. Here's the dish on your latest "socialist" buzz:

95% of people will not have their taxes raised. This is true no matter what percent pay taxes.

As you should recognize from your own "40% pay taxes" lines (proof, please), only those who pay taxes will benefit from Obama's middle class tax cuts. So this isn't welfare; to benefit, you have to have earnings.

The only method Obama has advocated for "spreading the wealth around" is to fund a middle class tax cut by taxing the wealthy a bit more, about 3% more on income over $250,000 a year. Please tell me about how badly that is going to hurt.

And don't jump that junk about hurting small business. Under the Obama plann, only one in 50 small businesses will pay more taxes under this small rate of increase - the one best able to afford it.

Obama's economic plans should, like Clinton's before him, actually grow the economy fast enough to pay for the additional taxes. We went through all this in '92, too - all you conservative blockheads saying "socialist" progressive tax rates would wreck the economy. But they charged it up instead. Things have turned out the opposite of what you have said for at least the last 20 years. The strangest thing is that you still hold to beliefs that are demonstrably bad for you, personally, not to mention for the nation.

You do know that Adam Smith himself supported a graduated tax rate? That would be Adam Smith, the original economic philosopher of free market capitalism.

But to return the focus to Powell, his endorsement simply points out the obvious: for leadership, you would rather have the person who refuses to admit the surge worked (given that other factors also intervened) over the one who refuses to admit the entire war was a mistake founded on lies.

Posted by: NomoStew | October 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

to vs11
The GALLUP poll is 50% Obama to 42% McCain, unless you are using some other type of math that is 8% not 2%.

to dlennis
General Powell quite eloquently laid out his reasons for choosing Obama, and to say that it is because he is a black man endorsing a black man is absurd. Wow a big surprise more smears from another neocon!

Posted by: kbloch | October 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Rashid Khalidi, the radical Arab-American friend of Obama's and reputed ally of the PLO, doesn't influence Powell. Odinga, the Jihadist candidate that Obama endorsed doesn't influence Powell.Does it influence you?


Powell endorsed Cheney too.


Powell quit his job, but he also put us smack in the middle of Iraq at Nato.
It is hard to understand this real life version of Mr. Spock, but watching him makes the Obama speech patterns that sound like Cptn. Kirk's more apparent.

I am still trying to figure out who Obama's drug dealer is that he wrote about in his book. Will we know more about Obama before the campaign is over, or will we have to find all of the scandal out if he gets to the Oval office?

The inquisitions only start when the candidate moves into the Whitehouse. The vetting there makes the camapign trail look like a cake walk.

Posted by: dottydo | October 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

It is not really news that Colin Powell endorsed Obama. Can you imagine the story if he didn't? THis is an easy call. Lets see, Powell believes he has been deceived and emabarrassed by Bush. I contend that 70% of the electorate is voting AGAINST something. Powell is voting against Bush. Not an uncommon position this election cycle. Also, did you happen to notice that Powell is black. I'm sure that has notghing to do with it because as a man of "character" he is above identity politics, just as 99% of African americans are. Whats next - NEWS FLASH, Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson endorse Obama.

Posted by: mmitch01 | October 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

"I'm looking for people who desire to join my team and create the American dream for themselves, SELF EMPLOYMENT…... www.LikeSoup.com"

How does joining your team equal self-employment? By definition they should be starting their own teams, not joining yours.

Posted by: treetopflyer | October 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

DUH! Powell is black. Imagine a black man endorsing another. Colin Powell is a lair at best. He stood up in front of the American people and endorsed Iraq. There was also a little fall out about how Powell was running his endorsed was and now it's payback time for Powell. Too bad the people are so blind: How about this little item posted by google news:

Today 9/18/08 I read that Louis Farrakan the Islamic leader in Chicago is starting the New Nation of Islam as Barack Obama is poised to take the White House. Obama, Ayers and Farrakan all live within 8 blocks of each other. Obama's preacher Reverend Wright gave Farrakan an award for in Wright's opinion being an outstanding leader. Farrakan's belief is all whites are from the devil and that blacks are the chosen people of Allah. I think it is interesting how all of these factors and events are so closely related. Abraham Lincoln said,"It is not the enemy from outside I fear, but the enemy within."
The media and cult behavior of Obama's supporters and his questionable associates should be an alarm to us. Obama and his beliefs are a threat to our way of American life.

"In a blind Kingdom the one-eyed man is king."

Posted by: dragonfly777 | October 19, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why people have such a strong desire to paint everything into some kind of propaganda or into some kind of doctrine. For instance Democrat=Liberal=Socialist=Evil. This is just not exactly the case. We ARE a socialist nation already. Think of our roads, airports, libraries, police, ..... These things we do cooperatively. The question is how much socialism do we want and when has it gone to far. I think that balance and the ability to correct mistakes is really the key. In a democracy we should be able to examine what works, try it out, and then if it doesn't work get rid of it and try again until we get it just right. The problem is that we the people get so tied into propaganda and dogma that we can't think rationally. This impairs our ability to perform our duties as citizens of our great nation. This is our country and we should know what's going on and be involved in our government. We should all vote and the fact that not all of us do is disgraceful. We should also have honor and respect for each other and examine the issues based on their merits not under the lens of some ideology crafted by those who only want what they want and not what's best for our country.

Posted by: kevin39 | October 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

In an amusing turnabout on the who is a citizen game of gotcha
I noticed yesterday that McCain's birth certificate says he was born in COLON, Panama. His birth certificate does not say, the base where his dad was stationed. All this about Obama and it turns out to be actually about McCain. But that's ok. We are fine with beating the illegal candidate, just the way things are.

A landslide is just fine. Dont change the candidates to someone sane at this late date. The Alzheimer's candidate and his gal-pal the criminal socio-path are just fine. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

As much as I have (previously) respected Colin Powell, he is showing his true "color." Race is transcending substance in this political season.

With Obama, we have a man with little, to no formal leadership experience, who many feel is deserving of the presidency simply because he is black (technically bi-racial). Obama has become the new MLK.

This is definitely a political "race," with "race" being the operative word here. How sad for the American people. Will we ever get to see Obama's real birth certificate?

Get ready America for BOHICA--Bend over here it comes again. The real middle-class taxpayers are going to be forking it over to the government and those who don't pay a dime of taxes. This is redistribution of weath or socialism at its best.

Posted by: TaxpayingTexan | October 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell was masterful this morining but shouldn't Sarah Palin be doing Meet the Press or Face the Nation? Generations of candidates for the highest offices of the land have appeared on these shows. But we all know Sarah would not last five minutes without looking like a completed fool. In your heart of hearts you conservatives know she is not even qualified to be near the White House.

Posted by: kdrobb | October 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I suppose if Gen. Powell had endorsed McBush all of the racist/fascist comments would have disappeared and suddenly there would be praise for his wisdom.

Bottom line, would you rather have the endorsement of not?

OBVIOUSLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OBAMA keeps getting stronger.
McCain keeps getting weaker.

Posted by: thegwoe | October 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

tchy2008, you need to go scratch somewqhere else. Maybe your head would be a start.

Posted by: WhoKnows1 | October 19, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm looking for people who desire to join my team and create the American dream for themselves, SELF EMPLOYMENT…... www.LikeSoup.com

Posted by: jc2728 | October 19, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

One of the right wing lies on the website is that 40% of the people dont pay taxes. That a lie. You can see one of those postings on this page this morning. Its a lie.

The Bush tax system taxes even the poor.

Please look at the independent tax evaluators comparisons of both major candidates and you will see that Obama's tax plan is better for people making small amounts. Gee, making hardly anything and still paying taxes? Yes, that is the Bush system, tax the poor.

And yes, in the Obama plan 10 million people who do pay taxes under the repressive Bush system, would no longer have to pay taxes, including millions of social security recipients.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Get ready for the greatest decline of the US know to man so far. First Obama needs to prove he is a citizen of the US. Since he has not done this we are in for a Constitutional fight. This will distract from anything else.

Posted by: WhoKnows1 | October 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

It'd be nice to think that somehow, someday the Republican party will swing away from its penchant for pandering to their cohort of crackpots and right-wing extremists to embrace more sensible ideas and people. Not likely to happen, considering they chose Palin to run on the ticket.

Sure is fun to watch them froth at the mouth, these days.

Socialist? Give me a break. That's just this year's latest knee-jerk propaganda. The Republicans have all the subtlety of Goebbels.

Posted by: itchy2008 | October 19, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

That's an "emphatic SALUTE" to General Powell.

Posted by: patrioticvet | October 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

General Powell clearly articulated what many of us have been thinking. The list of conservatives and Republicans that have decided that to support Obama is growing. Sarah Palin was the last straw for many of us. Given two equal tickets, we would go for the Republican every time. In this case, we have Gov. Palin who believes dinosaurs and men were alive at the same time. My god John, you've made it impossible for us to vote for you. This time I am voting for the Democrat. I am voting for Obama.

Posted by: Saxxon_Domela | October 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

An emphatic saute to General Powell.

Thank you for articulating so well why we need to go in a new direction.

Although already in the Obama/Biden camp, this life-long registered independent is awfully glad and proud to have a man of General Powell's stature on board.

Get ready people, we're all going to have to start working together as of November 5th (no matter who wins) to begin the long, painful process of getting our great country back on track.

All this hateful drivel and obnoxious invective doesn't do anything positive for anyone.

We're all Americans - all of us. We will/must work together.

We can do it. This is the greatest country the world has ever seen; and will continue to be with all our best efforts.

Posted by: patrioticvet | October 19, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Bravo for Powell for making Country First not just an empty slogan.
As far as the socialist rhetoric, history will show the George W Bush and the Republican Party made the US a socialist country 2 weeks ago (Without the benefits).

Posted by: ennn | October 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

This is the video from Meet the Press this morning when Powell endorsed Obama and discussed his concerns about the Republican Party:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/27265490#27265490

Posted by: bricedue | October 19, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, now this is a big surprise! A black man endorsing a black man…that’s almost unheard of…

Posted by: dlennis | October 19, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL WAS THE REASON WE WENT INTO THE IRAQ. HE TOLD US LIES ABOUT THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE A MAN THAT INDIRECTLY CAUSED OUR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND THE DEATH OF SO MANY SOLDIERS. COLIN POWELL LIED THEN AND HE IS LYING NOW.
DEAR COLIN POWELL YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGE A MAN BY THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN BUT BY THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 19, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Only an American can show so much ignorance
and so much confidence at the same time.......
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Excellent comment gsboy. That's the best and truest one I've read.

Posted by: ObamaWins1 | October 19, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

It's all so sad. This would make a lot of sense if he was endorsing Hillary. Obama has no clue what's happening, but he sure is a media darling..........

Posted by: Lucky3 | October 19, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

thecannula
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

which is the engine that ruined the USSR...
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Only an American can show so much ignorance
and so much confidence at the same time.......

Posted by: gsboy | October 19, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

My man.......

Posted by: gsboy | October 19, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

God bless you, Gen. Colin Powell!!! You've put us over the top!!!


Normally, I'm not emotional in any way, but this morning, when Gen. Colin Powell gave the most brilliant, insightful, and glowing endorsement of Barack Obama and laid out the most common sense reasons why EVERY AMERICAN should vote for him, I couldn't help but well up with pride at what courage and passion he displayed. Gen. Colin Powel is a great American hero and probably the most respected moderate Republican in America.


How anyone could continue to listen to the disgusting, vicious smears coming out of the McCain campaign, or even consider voting for John McCain, after hearing and digesting the very clear and crisp endorsement of Barack Obama from such a great and good man is simply beyond me! McCain represents the same failed polices, same old philosophy, same dangerous temperament, same ridiculous lack of intellectual curiosity that George W Bush displayed over the past 8 years. Barack Obama will be a break from all that nonsense. He will usher in a new era of hope, peace, and prosperity. It won't be easy, but he can put us back on the right track. He is, quite literally, our last great hope!


America may be down, but do not count us out. Hope is making a comeback and positive change is blowing our way!


GO OBAMA/BIDEN '08

Posted by: shoemiaw | October 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Biden thinks there are 3 letters in the word JOBS. Obama wants to give tax cut to 95% of the people when 40% do not pay any. Looks like MATH is a problem with this group.

Posted by: vs11 | October 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I find it very curious that so many McCain supporters who previous loved and honored General Powell are now suddenly tearing down this great American hero. What is wrong with you??? He served, fought for, and won a war for our country. He has a national approval rating of 80%. Who else in Washington has that???


He put "COUNTRY FIRST". Not party. Not campaign. Not friendship. Not race. COUNTRY! And now you want to try to discredit him?


YOU people are the reason your party is now dead. Extreme right wing idealogues, willing to betray a hero and dishonor your country just to win an election!

Posted by: shoemiaw | October 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Chris, everybody's making "transformational" the lead, but the essence of the endorsement is much more about how alarmed Powell is by the rightward drift of the Republican Party. This is an endorsement that should reverberate with suburban Republicans in Virginia and Maryland if they see it. In language that was very blunt for him, Powell makes a blistering critique of his party for its extremism, lack of ethics and xenophobia. Powell was very emotional talking about the Muslim soldier from New Jersey buried at Arlington, and how wrong it is for Republicans to imply that Muslims are not welcome in America. To me that's the story.

Posted by: tboyer33 | October 19, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Gallop within 2 points, Zogby within 3 points. Money cannot buy elections ( ask Perot, Forbes,..). Hilary beat him in the mid west inspite of spending 4 to 1. Also some of these money is tainted coming from overseas drugs and terrorist connections...

Trying to cover up Rezko/Ayers/Wright/Farrakhan/Jesse Jackson/Drug habits/Smoking/Bitter americans/HIgher taxes/Socialist distribution of wealth/sitting with Iran/Venezuela without conditions/Against guns/against drilling/against nuclear power/against victory in Iraq...... will be his downfall

Posted by: vs11 | October 19, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama's plan calls for a $360 tax increase on the first $10,000 over $250,000. It is hard for me to believe that this would ruin a small business or stop people working hard to earn 260k if they can.
I guess, we just do not wan to be taxed at all. But who wants to be?

Posted by: huny | October 19, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse


I bet the world is ecstatic. Sanity is back to the US after Powell endorsed Obama.

Powell is a symbol...much like Rumsfield is one too.

Vote for sanity....Vote Obama

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | October 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: politicalchampionshipwrestling | October 19, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"You hate-monger! Go away and put some oitment on the back-handed SLAP Powell just gave to the GOP and jack@sses like you!"

Poor little guy, sorry I hurt your feelings. What I said is true. I'm sure Powell is an honorable man and means well, but endorsing both Obama and Ted Stevens is oxymoronic at besr.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 19, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

In just two days,

100,000+ people in St. Louis...
$150,000,000 in September...
Colin Powell on October 19...

...it seems Barak Obama knows a thing or two about the Powell Doctrine!

McCain was a boxer in the Navy... he's got to recognize a combo knockout punch when it hits him... Hopefully he will rein in his negative campaign and fight cleaner from here to the end, for the sake of bipartisanship and respect.

He has the chance to set an example to Amerinacs everywhere about acceptance and tolerance, like his good friend Colin Powell just did when he told the story of an American Muslim kid who signed up to go to Iraq and came back under a flag to Arlington:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/27265490#27265490

Posted by: bricedue | October 19, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell will put Obama over the top in the election and probably reserve him in most American minds a spot in the cabinet. His informed fair positions has shown his love of country before any political position. Dubya required loyalty over ability and accepted his resignation. Powell wanted those that fooled him to resign, as shown by his lets see what changes the adminstration makes before I decide to serve. Wilson/Plame's conspiracy at the top alerted him to check the hard data since he knows Joe from Bush41's presidency. He is not vindictive and owes the old man big for where he is today. The old man's people Baker and Gates should also be retained by an Obama administration. Porter Goss is an excellent choice to lead the CIA regardless of his political positions. Hopefully Obama can separate the wheat from the chaff in choosing his cabinet.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 19, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Bravo to Colin Powell! Someone who is an American first! Powell has transcended party and selected the person who is best for America. He has rejected the politics of personal destruction that McCain has engaged in and the extreme move to the right that the GOP has taken and has caused me to leave the GOP! The McCain of old would have enticed me to vote for him but he is not the McCain of integrity - he is a grubby, nasty man who is not worthy of being President!

Posted by: knittingnutvi | October 19, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

thecannula, that was downright incoherent. Do you really except anyone to wade through that haphazard assortment of obscure references and unattributed quotes to figure out what exactly you're talking about? I think you're trying to criticize Obama, but I'll tell you. I'm not completely certain about that.

Posted by: drgrepper | October 19, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Powell lies for Bush, and then gets fired. And recently, he endorsed Senator Ted Stevens as "being the kind of guy you want to go to war with." WTF is that? Powell is a pussy.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 19, 2008 10:07 AM |
____________________________
What's next? Will you start calling Powell a traitor and un-american?

You hate-monger! Go away and put some oitment on the back-handed SLAP Powell just gave to the GOP and jack@sses like you!

Posted by: vdkelly | October 19, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Colin Powell 100% of the time but on this one I sure do. Hurrah!
Obama 4 President!!

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | October 19, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps I shouldn't be but nevertheless I am surprised that Colin Powell would endorse a socialist. I guess Powell has "grown" in his years since leaving the Army.

Posted by: fenoy | October 19, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm very glad Powell has chosen to endorse Obama. It should be ALMOST enough to assure Obama of victory.

I'm still not glad that he said pushing to Baghdad in 1991 after the Republican Guard was whipped wouldn't have been "chivalrous", but somehow as Chairman of the JCOS he thought it was chivalrous during the nineties to use spent uranium weapons whose pulverized dust caused thousands of cases of leukemia in Iraq.

I'm still not glad that he swallowed his principles and gave a false presentation to the UN that legitimized Bush's war.

Hopefully this endorsement can be a first step to renewing his integrity. Hopefully the two things I mentioned above will not unduly damage the impact of his endorsement.

Posted by: treetopflyer | October 19, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

HOO RAH!! FOR COLIN POWELL and his tremendous endorsement of senator obama.

thank you very much sir!

Posted by: JudgeAlan | October 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Let's take a look: the newest incarnation of John McCain has the backing of the plumber (hey, Joe's endorsement is ok; every vote counts) and Obama has the endorsement of the one of the most genuine and competent persons to ever work in Washington-- Colin Powell -- hmm, I bet Powell's endorsement carries the day. I think Obama wins today's news cycle... I hate you Repiglican pieces of garbage, I really do. The dustbin of history awaits you.

Gerald Clough
http://www.savagerun.com

Posted by: lostharvestmovie | October 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

What a surprise! (said as George Carlin would have) Really, Colin could have gone either way, based upon his politics of the last 4 years. Was this an "along racial lines thing" or will the Ex General become our next Cabinet Secretary for.....Defense, or another perk? Don't forget National Security Advisor / State / Diplomacy oriented Powell lost street cred dramatically as he was USED as a pawn (willingly?) in the run-up to Iraq and WMDs by CIA and NeoCons.....and had the ability to put on the brakes/blow the whistle, AND DID NOT. Some leadership skills to use in this endorsement of BHO IMO. --Steve Berryman. www.InfoServesMe.blogspot.com

Posted by: srbmgr1 | October 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Powell lies for Bush, and then gets fired. And recently, he endorsed Senator Ted Stevens as "being the kind of guy you want to go to war with." WTF is that? Powell is a pussy.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 19, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

General Powell, we have your quarters ready. The men and women will be ready for inspection at 1100. It's a privilege to have you aboard on the most important mission of our lives.

/s/

America

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 19, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Some Suggestions for Unemployment Line Reading Should Obama/Biden (what's a 3 letter word starting with J? J-O-B-S!)get Elected-

Book Title Author # of Words Language Volumes
1 Marienbad My Love Mark Leach 17 million English
2 The Blah Story Nigel Tomm 11.3 million English 23
3 The Story of the Vivian Girls Henry Darger 9 million English 10
4 Artamene Madeleine and Georges de Scudéry 2.1 million French
5 Knickers Simon Roberts 2 million English
6 À la recherche du temps perdu Marcel Proust 1.5 million French 13
7 Mission Earth L. Ron Hubbard 1.2 million English 10
8 Sironia, Texas Madison Cooper 1.1 million English 2
9 A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell more than 1 million English 12
10 Clarissa Samuel Richardson 969,000 English 9

The Only 3% More Myth-

(also see:
the "He was only a guy in my neighborhood" myth,
the "letting Rezko buy my sideyard was a bonehead move" myth
the "corn ethanol reduces our dependency on foreign oil" myth,
and the "there were already laws on the books-though I have never cited one even though I was head of the Harvard Law Review" myth...)

Over 250K in profit small business owners under Obama's plan pay 3% more in INCOME TAX PLUS 15.65% more on their payroll taxes for a total of 55-60% of personal income (passed through from their corporations)= LAYOFFS!


LLC vs S Corporation:

S Corporation: To qualify, generally, the corporation must have a maximum of 75 shareholders who are individuals. Once a corporation makes the Subchapter S election to be an S-Corporation, profits and losses are passed through the corporation and are reported on the individual tax returns of the respective shareholders of the S-Corporation.


This is the same basic "pass-through" treatment afforded partnerships and LLCs.
An LLC is not a separate tax entity like a corporation; it is what the IRS calls a pass through entity, like a partnership or sole proprietorship. All of the profits and losses of the LLC pass through the business to the LLC owners , who report this information on their personal tax returns. The LLC itself does not pay federal income taxes, but some states do charge the LLC itself a tax.

That's US Tax Law! Profits of S Corp and LLC gets passed through to Obama's 55-60% tax rate! Hey kids, let's go garden in the Tony Rezko Memorial Garden! Daddy's gonna lay off some staff and smell the roses a bit more.

Even Bill Clinton said Raising Payroll Taxes was REGRESSIVE!


Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it's nice to have dreams, but for now, the "Joe's" need to wake up to the reality that they will benefit more from Obama's tax CUTS for the people who make UNDER $200,000 a year.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Joy- Yes having something to strive for is more than nice, it's the engine that makes our country run- giving "tax credits" to people who don't currently pay income tax IS Welfare and in keeping with the following-

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

which is the engine that ruined the USSR...


Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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