Santa Colin Drops Lump Of Coal Into McCain/Palin Stocking
No media talk today, folks, something better came along to talk about.
Just like when I was a small child on Christmas morning, I couldn’t stay abed today in anticipation of what was promised. I jumped out of bed earlier than usual for a Sunday to begin watching the news hoping there might be some indication as to whether General Colin Powell REALLY would make an endorsement of Barack Obama today on Meet the Press. I quickly took the dogs out for their morning constitutional and began the coffee maker dripping. Since this all started at 6:00 a.m. CDT, I had a while to wait. However, I knew that MSNBC would be the most likely network to release the bombshell since Meet the Press was on NBC.
For the first two hours and 15 minutes I went about my Sunday morning routine, drinking coffee followed by breakfast preparation, in nervous anticipation. Our local NBC affiliate doesn’t show Meet the Press until 9:00 CDT, so I knew that I was in for a wait, but I hoped that my misery would be arrested by a leak of some sort, if not the entire interview itself. As I stood at the stovetop stirring the sausage breakfast gravy – if you’re not from Oklahoma or Arkansas, or recently Texas, you probably don’t know what that is: white southern soul food – the news came across. Alex Witt announced that General Colin Powell had, indeed, endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States. See video here I yelled at the top of my lung capacity as tears of relief began forming in the corners of my eyes.
Now, I admit, this is not a very manly reaction to news, but given the tenor of the McCain/Palin campaign over the past couple of weeks, I have been extremely alarmed as to where MY COUNTRY was headed. I had been looking for someone on the Republican side, anybody, to step up and speak out against the subversive tactics of the McCain/Palin campaign. From everything General Powell had to say, he, too, was troubled by what he was seeing from the McCain/Palin campaign. But that was only a small part of his reasoning for picking Barack Obama as his choice for President.
Because I was watching things in the real-time reverse order of their presentation, I saw, both on MSNBC and CNN, General Powell’s post-interview interviews outside the NBC studios. In those interviews he praised both McCain and Obama, saying either one would make a good president, but he cited, more than any other characteristic between the two men, judgment. He expressed concern first about John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his Vice-President. He pointed out that in his estimation, Governor Palin is not qualified to be President of the United States in case called upon suddenly to do so. He added to that his concerns of John McCain’s uneven handling of the financial meltdown crisis. He stated that while McCain seemed to have a different view of the issue almost every day, as well as failing to demonstrate any real grasp of the situation, Barack Obama steadily studied the issue and showed confidence in his abilities to rise to the occasion.
I was pleased to finally hear a voice of reason coming from the other side of the political spectrum. Once the Tom Brokaw interview began on Meet the Press, I eagerly watched to see what else the esteemed war hero had to say. While expressing his respect for John McCain’s service to our nation, General Powell also expressed his differing viewpoint with his fellow Republicans by pointing out that we needed to restore our flagging image around the world by selecting a leader who could do so, and also a leader who understands that we must talk with those with whom we disagree in order to achieve peaceful solutions to the problems that face the world. It was clear that he did not share McCain’s views on foreign policy issues.
He also left no doubt that he supported Obama’s fiscal policies over McCain’s when he stated that McCain was, indeed, offering four more years of the same failed economic plan that has characterized the Bush/Cheney Presidency. Then he turned his focus to the issue of negativity in the campaign. He shared alarm with many of us in the divisive tone being set by McCain and Palin, as well as the shocking statements of Representative Michelle Bachmann, (R) MN who called Barack Obama un-American yesterday on Hardball with Chris Matthews and demanded a “deep probe” into the un-American liberal members of Congress. See video here As one veteran to another, I want to extend my deepest thanks to General Powell for confronting the outrageous Representative. It gives me hope that perhaps sanity will be restored and prevail in our near future.
I planned to write my blog on this last issue today, but due to General Colin Powell’s brave stand on it, I will put it off for another day, probably tomorrow. This election season, in its vicious last days, desperately needed someone respected by both sides to come forward and speak truth to the American people. And in that truth I hope the ill-advised John McCain will take a long hard look at his campaign tactics and see the error of them. I always hope for the best.
As for my fellow Obama supporters, we are allowed exactly one (1) day to celebrate this stunningly exciting endorsement. Tomorrow, however, we must return to the labor of this campaign and make sure that everyone who shares Barack Obama’s vision of America gets out on election day and expresses that belief in the American way, by voting.
We now have a powerful new ally in General Colin Powell. Keep fighting the good fight.