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The Left Welcomes Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 20, 2008

It sure has been fun today to watch the left embrace their favorite "Uncle Tom" now that he's seen the "error of his ways" and endorsed Barack Obama.

It is interesting to see how various parts of the left have handled it. For instance one nimrod on Craigslist says:
No one will be surprised that the immediate neocon response to Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama was to claim that Powell is a racist who endorses Obama simply because they are both black.
Of course, that would be the only reason, wouldn't it? Look, I know Powell's reputation and I'm not inclined to believe he'd endorse someone based solely on race. That doesn't mean I think his endorsement is particularly well thought out though. This is just my opinion, but I think the reason goes deeper and is much more personal than that. I think it may be a public way to repudiate what he believes was the single most embarrassing moment in his life - his appearance before the UN discussing Iraq's WMD.

He feels it badly hurt his reputation and there is nothing which would go to the heart of the man that is Colin Powell than something he considers dishonored him. Whether you agree or not, I'd suggest that is the crux of this endorsement. It is an explicit repudiation of the war in Iraq and the administration that got us into it - and McCain is to similar to Bush in his support for that war for Powell's taste.

Of course all that being said, you might ask, "why didn't he just remain silent and not endorse anyone?" Many Democratic strategists were sure he'd avoid making an endorsement. But the stain on his honor was still there and he needed a way to metaphorically lift it if at all possible. I'm not so sure this is the way, but, as noted, Powell wants the stain removed. This has eaten at him for years. His endorsement, at least to my ears, was anything but ringing, however this may be his first step in his own act of contrition for Iraq.

But back to the left and its treatment, nay embracing, of Mr. Powell.

It wasn't too long ago the Kos crew sounded like this when it came to Powell:
Anyway, that's a brief analysis of the utter pile of horse manure that Secretary of State Uncle Tom Powell has been peddling to the American people over the weekend.

God help us all.
Now of course, he's just a war criminal, but otherwise a fine American.

Another who found him wanting in the "blackness" department was Harry Belafonte, the self-styled judge of black authenticity and friend of tyrants everywhere:
"There's an old saying," Belafonte began. "In the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and were those slaves that lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master... exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him.

"Colin Powell's committed to come into the house of the master. When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture."
Radio talk show hosts echoed the insult.

In 2002, a book was published entitled "American Directory of Certified Uncle Toms" and subtitled ""Being a review of the history, antics and attitudes of handkerchief heads, Aunt Jemimas, head negroes in charge and house negroes against the freedom of the black race."

Published by the "Council on Black Internal Affairs" which had a part in setting up the Million Man March, it gave Colin Powell a 5 star rating (its highest) for being "an official, government issue Uncle Tom".

The hate of "Uncle Tom" Powell was widespread on the left, and pretty vociferous. You didn't have to look very far or dig very deep to find it.

Two days after Bush was inaugurated, Powell and Rice were the targets of two professors who wrote an article entitled "Uncle Tom's Cabinet" in which they essentially dressed Bellafonte's racist diatribe up in academic clothes.

The nut-jobs, moonbats, bottom-dwellers and DUers reflected the main-stream of the left on this one. They were just more blunt in their racism.

Powell couldn't even express his admiration for Angelina Jolie's humanitarian work without taking a ration of hate from leftist commenters to the article.

And now he's their newest best friend.

I certainly hope this is about Powell trying to find a way to remove a stain he feels he has on his reputation, no matter how misguided. Because if he thinks he's going to ingratiate himself with the left he's just as misguided as they are. Despite his endorsement for Obama, I still hold a lot of respect for Colin Powell, because I know a lot of people who worked for him and found him to be an excellent soldier and commander.

I don't think his biggest mistake was standing up in front of the UN and making his presentation. I think his biggest mistake was involving himself at all in politics once he retired from the Army. And I think he'll make the same mistake with the possibility of the same sort of outcome, if he involves himself in an Obama administration, should Obama win.
 
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Question: If standing before the UN was to be such an embarrassing moment and the war was the wrong thing to do, why didn’t he resign ahead of the UN lecture and tell everyone why? Nobody forced him to do any of that stuff.
 
Written By: feeblemind
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I can’t read the guy’s mind, and won’t try. It’s none of my business.

What bugged me was the Obama campaign immediately responding by saying they’d find a place for Powell in an Obama administration. As if that were a reward for services rendered. Now, you expect to buy support from punks like John Kerry or Kos; that’s the kind of men they are: Ten bucks for a short time, etc. But I’ve never seen Powell as somebody whose support is for sale, and it seems ugly and cheap of the Obama campaign to act as if they’re paying him for it.

 
Written By: Midget Launcher
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Interestingly, Powell also endorsed Sen Ted Stevens, under oath.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell testified Friday at the ongoing corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, calling him "a trusted individual."

Powell appeared as a character witness, describing his 25-year relationship with Stevens, 84, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate.
But, personally, I say, so what. I don’t take anyone’s endorsements for anything at face value.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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The biggest mistake Powell made, in my mind, as far as his honor went was knowing that his buddy and underling Dick Armitage was the Leaker of Val Plame’s identity as a CIA agent, and he still let Scooter Libbey twist in the wind.
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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I can’t read the guy’s mind, and won’t try. It’s none of my business.
I’m not reading his mind, I’m putting forward my opinion of what I think might be going on.
But I’ve never seen Powell as somebody whose support is for sale, and it seems ugly and cheap of the Obama campaign to act as if they’re paying him for it.
I think you’ve hit on an important point and one that cheapens the endorsement and also gives life to those claims that this is all about race. Not a particularly bright move by the Obama camp.
 
Written By: McQ
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Sorry to post off topic, but remember that 28-voter thing from New Mexico you were trumpeting a few days ago, Q, you know, look, we found some voter fraud, it’s not just registrations, etc, etc, etc?

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/10/rnc_on_new_mexico_voter_fraud.php
I’m sure your journalistic standards are high enough to correct the false impression you left with your readers.

As if you needed any more evidence that the Republican effort to tout voter fraud is less about legitimate claims and more about a political agenda, consider this sequence of events:

Last week, as we noted at the time, the New Mexico GOP had publicly claimed that 28 people voted fraudulently in the Democratic primary, held in June, for a local race.

Then this morning, the RNC sent out a press release announcing a 3pm conference call with reporters "on the recent developments in New Mexico regarding ACORN."

But at 11am, ACORN — the community organizing group that Republicans have been trying lately to turn into a voter fraud boogeyman — held a conference call of its own, asserting that local election officials had confirmed that the 28 people in question, mostly low-income Latinos, were valid voters.

So here at TPMmuckraker, we wondered what the RNC’s response to this would be. And on the 3pm call, we asked party spokesman Danny Diaz.

Diaz dodged the question. He talked about an incident with ACORN in Washington state, then referred us to an October 9th Wall Street Journal story, which did not address the allegation made last week by the state GOP about fraudulent voting in the Democratic primary. ]
If you doubt any of this, Q, why don’t you do some journamalism yourself, eh? What did those pesky county officials say? Not exactly what I predicted, or anything, is it?
 
Written By: glasnost
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I can’t read the guy’s mind, and won’t try. It’s none of my business.

What bugged me was the Obama campaign immediately responding by saying they’d find a place for Powell in an Obama administration. As if that were a reward for services rendered. Now, you expect to buy support from punks like John Kerry or Kos; that’s the kind of men they are: Ten bucks for a short time, etc. But I’ve never seen Powell as somebody whose support is for sale, and it seems ugly and cheap of the Obama campaign to act as if they’re paying him for it.
I’m not surprised. I suspected a place in Obama’s administration would happen.

First we had Hagel’s wife, then Christopher Buckley, and now Powell. All supposed Republican supporters throwing in with Obama and announcing it all in October with a nice pacing between each announcement. (Hagel, himself, is likely to follow.) These announcements seem coordinated and filled with similar Obama campaign "he’s a uniter, etc." fluff.

I suspect one or two more ’conversions’ probably at least Hagel himself. I wouldn’t put it past Mr. Shriver, actually.
 
Written By: jpm100
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I remember a certain press secretary of W’s who was vilified by the left until he wrote some unflattering stories about his former boss.

They’re all politicians and not trustworthy at all.

Glasnost, out of thousands of forged voter registrations they’ve found 85 real ones. That clears them up for me!
 
Written By: Robb Allen
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You know powell is a honorable man. Yes he was a loyal soldier in the Bush Jr white house and he sold soul at that UN breifing. But the fact that he is bring attacked for endoring a Democrat is stupid. He has more bullet time than any of these clowns running for prez. The right wing talking heads that are attacking him are discusting. I would ask rush where were you during nam mr patriot? The idea that colin is forever beholden to the right wing just becuase he was promoted by regan is highlights exactly what is wrong with our political atmosphere today.(btw this is a radio talking point) Just because you are a soldier doesnt make you a mindless order following machine. When you take the oath its your responsiblity to properly inform the civilian leadership of the effects of military action. Because there was a failure in military leadership sans gen shinshieke(sp?) who was ingnored and marginalized. The fact that the rightwing talking heads who loved Colin when he endorsed Bush jr are now calling his choice racial are the worst kind of two faced scum. Just like fair weather friends.
 
Written By: slntax
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I guess Powell will have some street cred now.
 
Written By: GoldwaterGirl
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Eh. This is no suprise.

There was a time where Powell and the GOP needed each other, and were good for each other.

Nobody thought it would be an evergreen connection.
 
Written By: shark
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...if he thinks he’s going to ingratiate himself with the left...

WTF? It’s simply a repudiation of both the Bush and McCain Big Government factions of the GOP. Don’t make it into more than that.
 
Written By: anon
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I question the timing.
 
Written By: huxley
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Get real. Powell is not a Conservative. He’s a big govt. Liberal. He was only an R because Reagan and Bush 1 and 2 promoted him, etc. He still stands by the Iraq war, too.

No, the endorsement is because of 2 reasons: O is currently winning and Powell needs another job.
 
Written By: Come on, Please
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I watched a PBS (Frontline) show on Gulf War I, where they made it appear that Powell lied to Bush about the Iraqi Republican Guard being finished before they were, and arguing that the shooting should end. Thereby, allowing the IRG to escape and aide Saddam in supressing the rebellion that occured in southern Iraq in the wake of GW I.

Also, Powell was one of the men who allowed Saddam to fly helos in south Iraq (IIRC, Storming Norman was the other).
 
Written By: Don
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It’s simply a repudiation of both the Bush and McCain Big Government factions of the GOP. Don’t make it into more than that.
That makes no sense. At. All.

Powell is a big government type. Moreso than McCain, and way moreso than Bush.
 
Written By: Don
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McQ - Despite his endorsement for Obama, I still hold a lot of respect for Colin Powell, because I know a lot of people who worked for him and found him to be an excellent soldier and commander.

I’m glad that you wrote this as it helps me remember that Powell is an honorable man; it casts his endorsement of The Annointed One as a misguided act and not self-serving or petty. It would be interesting to know what was going on in his mind. Hell, it could be that he KNOWS John McCain and doesn’t trust him one little bit, and is hoping that Obama is less... erratic. If so, then he’s got something in common with quite a few conservatives, most of whom are only supporting McCain to try to avoid the catastrophe of an Obama administration.
 
Written By: docjim505
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He could have been the nation’s first black president, and he knows it. That must influence his thinking. IMO, wanting to elect the first black president a legitimate reason to vote for Obama, especially if you don’t really like McCain.
 
Written By: Harun
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ugly and cheap ... the Obama campaign
Is that like plastic glass, jumbo shrimp, military intelligence?

from glassy:
f you doubt any of this, Q, why don’t you do some journamalism yourself
journamalism ??

McQ, I think he just suggested that you perform some lewd act.
 
Written By: capt joe
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Powell is honorable? Really? How’d that V. Plame thing work out? He knew Armitage was the leaker.

He’s endorsing 2 guys whose solution to Iraq was to just effing surrender? Yeah, honor, sure, whatever.

Then CP say BO will surround himself with topnotch people. Ayers, Wright?

 
Written By: Come on, Please
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O is currently winning and Powell needs another job.
It’s one thing to not like Bush or McCain. It’s another thing to endorse an amateur like Obama who would have thrown Iraq under the bus for chaos and genocide if Obama had had his way last year.

As far as I’m concerned, Powell just traded in whatever remained of his integrity for revenge and opportunism.
 
Written By: huxley
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Powell is an idiot. Anyone who would agree to work for Bush is an idiot.

Of course McQ and Dale and the rest of the wingnuttery believed at the time that Powell was giving the UN the straight dope. McQ and Dale and the rest will never admit this, of course. Go back and watch that presentation to the UN and judge McQ and Dale’s judgment - - here’s a hint, both suck. It was obvious Powell’s presentation was bullsh*t.

But McQ and Dale ate it up.

That said, those of us who don’t want four more years of idoicy cite the Powell endorsement for the effect it will have the wingnuttery, not because we believe Powell should be cited for his veracity. Honestly, those of us who are not complete Bush acolytes - unlike McQ and Dale - and Billy for that matter - believe that the Powell endorsement has some value. It has value because it may move other wingnuts to vote Obama or to stay home.

And that is all that matters.

 
Written By: mkultra
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Powell might be the best thing to happen to an Obama administration.
It’s not like he’s going to be become a US hating rabid moonbat of the radical left.
He’ll be the same honorable, measured, ’Uncle Tom’ kind of guy he was when the left hated him and the right honored him.

Maybe he’s taking one for the team as a means of removing the stain on his personal honor.
 
Written By: looker
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Stick that in your hat MK - hillarity at it’s finest.
Maybe one of ’ours’ working for YOU and not a damn thing you can do about it.

After all MK, you wouldn’t want to be a RACIST would you?
We know you only dislike Collin Powell because he’s a black man, and it threatens you that he has more power than you.
 
Written By: looker
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Honestly, those of us who are not complete Bush acolytes
Which means you are a partial Bush acolyte.

I am surprised. I honestly thought you hated him. Oh well, you learn something every day
 
Written By: capt joe
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The last general who turned out to be a great statesman was Washington. I’ll give Powell this, he’s no Wes Clark. I’ll not fault him for his UN presentation, it was his job to serve the administration. I do fault him for letting Scooter Libby hang while he knew Armitage was the leaker. That was a dishonorable act from a man of whom I expected better.

More to the point, why would anyone with a brain care about an endorsement from anybody? We have a miserable choice between two members of a Congress with a well deserved 12% popularity rating. In one corner, we have a corrupt and venal Chicago politician with no experience of note. In the other, an honest but erratic hothead. Do your own thinking and make your own choice or stay home.

McCain, because he will do less damage to the country. None of the above, alas, is not a choice.
 
Written By: MarkD
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Colin Powell was just another hapless victim of the Bush administration? Poor baby.
 
Written By: timactual
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Perhaps he just loves his country more than his political party.
 
Written By: cindy b
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Ya know Cindy that’s a possibility.
And it’s possible he only loves his country when he agrees with your view.
 
Written By: looker
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From the fringe ..
Powell has brought this country many disasters, and he now wants to bring us a truly incalculable one – a seizure of power by the totalitarian trio of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.
 
Written By: Neo
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How dare you “Uncle Tom” Its disgraceful how you treat a US combat veteran that fought for our freedom, Colin Powell is a soldier that fought and was wounded in Vietnam. Now that he makes a choice that is not the same as yours you call him Uncle Tom? I suppose your one of those scumbags that spits on our returning soldiers because you disagree with him also.

You are the worst kind of American if you are in-fact an American at all, crawl back under your rock and die you facking piece of shat. you are disgraceful people, our soldiers fight and die for you and what this country stands for and what do you do, spit on them!

 
Written By: MrEthiopian
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"Perhaps he just loves his country more than his political party."

He probably loves his lunch more than the Republican party. But then, so do I.
 
Written By: timactual
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How dare you “Uncle Tom” Its disgraceful how you treat a US combat veteran that fought for our freedom ...
*eye roll*

Hey Whiz-bang - take it up with the left, it is they who’ve been calling him an "Uncle Tom", not the right.

Read the post for comprehension.
 
Written By: McQ
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