Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kristol: Powell To Endorse Obama; Speak at Democratic Convention

Like most, I didn't think this "Republicans for Obama" thing had any legs. I mean Jim Leach, Lincoln Chafee. The usual suspects.

But I see on that Bill Kristol is reporting that former Secretary of State Colin Powell is endorsing Barack Obama and will speak on his behalf at the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this month.

Given that this is coming from Kristol, who serves McCain as a foreign policy advisor, this is very big. This is a big shot in the arm for Obama. Especially having been put on the defensive by McCain's recent series of celebrity ads.

Colin Powell is a moderate African American who served honorably in the military and with distinction in government. He is well thought of enough that many Americans wanted him to do what Obama is doing now although he for whatever reason declined.

Of course, it's no secret Powell has been a critic of President Bush's policy in Iraq and other foreign policy matters although he has had little to say about it himself. Until now. No doubt he will have plenty to say at the Democratic National Convention.

Colin Powell might be the one American whom folks currently sitting on the fence might be eager to listen.

Should Obama win in November this might very well represent the moment he clinches the White House.

Still, there are 83 days left until the election. If a week in politics is a lifetime, eight weeks is an eternity.

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