Rats Coming Off the Ship: McClellan Will Vote for Obama

Following on the recent endorsement of Obama by General Powell, the former Bush mouthpiece Scott McClellan has also jumped off the sinking ship of the Republican Party to announce his vote is going to Obama. While Republicans love to have sneaky little shitstains like Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman be the main speakers at their conventions, the Republican’s turncoats simply show up quietly to vote for the Dems. shhttp://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

[quote]Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who sharply criticized President Bush in his memoir last spring, told CNN Thursday he’s voting for Barack Obama.

“From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama and clapping,” McClellan told new CNN Host D.L. Hughley[/quote]

:bravo: Another brave Republican leader turns away from the Dark Side*!

  • “We have to work toward the dark side, if you will.” - Dick Cheney (Sep. 16, 2001)

The latest issue of the Economist discusses the phenomenon in “The rise of the Obamacons: A striking number of conservatives are planning to vote for Obama”.

[quote]Mr Powell is now a four-star general in America’s most surprising new army: the Obamacons. The army includes other big names such as Susan Eisenhower, Dwight’s granddaughter, who introduced Mr Obama at the Democratic National Convention and Christopher Buckley, the son of the conservative icon William Buckley, who complains that he has not left the Republican Party: the Republican Party has left him. Chuck Hagel, a Republican senator from Nebraska and one-time bosom buddy of Mr McCain has also flirted heavily with the movement, though he has refrained from issuing an official endorsement.

The biggest brigade in the Obamacon army consists of libertarians, furious with Mr Bush’s big-government conservatism, worried about his commitment to an open-ended “war on terror”, and disgusted by his cavalier way with human rights. …

But the army has many other brigades, too: repentant neocons such as Francis Fukuyama, legal scholars such as Douglas Kmiec, and conservative talk-show hosts such as Michael Smerconish. And it is picking up unexpected new recruits as th campaign approaches its denouement. Many disillusioned Republicans hoped that Mr McCain would provide a compass for a party that has lost its way, but now feel that the compass has gone haywire. Kenneth Adelman, who once described the invasion of Iraq as a “cakewalk”, decided this week to vote for Mr Obama mainly because he regards Sarah Palin as “not close to being acceptable in high office.” [/quote]