I'm really pleased that Colin Powell has forcefully endorsed Barack Obama on Meet The Press just now. Amazingly, Powell hit McCain hard on his "unsure" approach to the economic crisis ("He didn't have a complete grasp of the problems we have") and even Sarah Palin ("I don't believe she's ready to be President of the United States," he said, judging McCain's selection of her harshly).
"We've got two individuals; either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time? And I've come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities, and you have to take that into account, as well as his substance—he has both style and substance—he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the, onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason, I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama."
—Colin Powell on Meet The Press, Sunday, October 19, 2008
He called Obama "ready to be president on Day One" and praised him for "showing intellectual vigor." He thinks Obama is a uniter and hit McCain hard on "issues that are not really central" like Ayers. He even hit back on the robocalls. McCain has gone "too far," is "narrow" and is "not what the American people are looking for." He thinks the Republicans have moved even "further to the right."
He even hit back against the Republicans for the Muslim slurs, and the idea that being a Muslim is a slur.
"We have got to stop poloarizing...John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know," but Powell still blames him—forcefully—for all the ugliness coming from his campaign and from "within the party."
I mean...fuck, Powell threw the kitchen sink at McCain, even bringing up the military card. And he said all this with the voice of reason.
I dare the press not to focus on this for a news cycle in favor of Palin bouncing on SNL.
Oh, and Powell then EXCORIATED Michelle Bachmann for her "anti-American" tirade in his post-MTP presser. For a Republican who helped usher in the Iraq War, he's allllll riiiiight. (Today.) UPDATE: Here is that video: