Not a great fan of Powell’s but the important thing about his endorsement was not that he made it, but the way he made it. I was expecting a typical tepid Powellian hug-the-yellow line kind of deal; instead he laid a major smackdown not only on McCain- erratic during a crisis, looney picking Palin, vicious use of smear tactics- but also the wingnuts who have taken over the Repubs.
And speaking of endorsements, Ken “Iraq will be a Cakewalk” Adelman, just endorsed Obama.
[quote]When the economic crisis broke, I found John McCain bouncing all over the place. In those first few crisis days, he was impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird. Having worked with Ronald Reagan for seven years, and been with him in his critical three summits with Gorbachev, I’ve concluded that that’s no way a president can act under pressure.
Second is judgment. The most important decision John McCain made in his long campaign was deciding on a running mate.
That decision showed appalling lack of judgment. Not only is Sarah Palin not close to being acceptable in high office—I would not have hired her for even a mid-level post in the arms-control agency. But that selection contradicted McCain’s main two, and best two, themes for his campaign—Country First, and experience counts. Neither can he credibly claim, post-Palin pick.[/quote]
newyorker.com/online/blogs/g … colin.html
Little shot of his bio. from Wiki:
[quote]From 1975 to 1977 during the Gerald Ford administration, Adelman was an Assistant to United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and now is a member of the Defense Policy Board. He has also served as a national editor of Washingtonian magazine for more than 17 years.
He was the deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for two-and a half years, working with Jeane Kirkpatrick. He also served as the Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for nearly five years, during the Reagan administration. He was an advisor to President Ronald Reagan during the superpower summits between Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.
Adelman is a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board well-known for his involvement in conservative policy efforts dating back to the 1970s, when he was a member of the Committee on the Present Danger. More recently, he strongly supported the war on Iraq and worked for the think tank Project for the New American Century, arguing for new policies to help the United States remain a global leader. Adelman, called “a lifelong neocon activist”, worried in 2006 that the incompetence shown in handling the war in Iraq would damage the neoconservative movement: neoconservatism, he said, “is not going to sell” for at least a generation.[/quote]
When a Republican starts losing people like this…