- I have the utmost respect for Colin Powell. He should be Secretary of State or Defense in 2009.
- He had a raw deal working in the Bush administration. He got screwed.
- Due to a number of factors, Powell lost a lot of political capital due to his WMD speech to the UN.
- He felt betrayed by the Republican Party.
So…with his ringing endorsement of liberal Democrat Barack Obama, as Batman asked in IDENTITY CRISIS, “Who benefits?”
Colin Powell benefits.
As a retired man, he owes the Republican Party nothing, and might as well jump on the Obama Wave. That’s fine.
By endorsing Obama, Democrats, liberals, and the MEDIA will begin to forgive his Bush years. By endorsing Obama, he virtually guarantees a cabinet spot or advisory role in Team Obama ’09. It’s a great political move, and I don’t begrudge that, since although McCain needed the endorsement more, endorsing McCain at this point is a risk.
In my opinion, he wouldn’t have endorsed any candidate publicly unless he wanted to turn the tide, and be assigned a position on cabinet again. He knows statistically that Obama will win this election and wanted to pretty much guarantee a spot on the inner circle with Obama.
Of course, the other end of the scenario: what if McCain wins? Oops. Unfortunately, I doubt he’d be chosen to be on the McCain cabinet now, which means we as Americans wouldn’t benefit from Powell’s experience and wisdom. In others words, I wish Powell would have just waited in the wings without the MEDIA circus.