I don't post a lot of political thoughts on the ol'blog(1) but I wanted to take a few moments and draw attention to Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama this morning on Meet The Press:
- The Republican party has moved more to the right than he would like to see it
- Palin is not ready to take over as President, which is the job of the Vice-President, Biden is.
- Dissappointed at McCain's campaign focus on irrelevant issues, such as Ayres. McCain has gone too far and that is troubling.
- The next president will likely appoint two Supreme Court justices and he's not comfortable with two additional rightwingers.
- Other Senior Republicans are inferring Obama is a Muslim, which is both untrue and irrelevant, and that is being permitted by the McCain campaign.
- In reference to all of this, and noting his own Army career, Powell endorsed Obama because of his ability to inspire, to be inclusive, to reach out across America; because of who he is, his rhetorical abilities, his style and substance; because "he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president"; because he is a tranformational figure and a new generation on the world stage.
- He also relayed a moving anecdote about a fallen soldier: Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan