The New York Times endorses Barack Obama! An Update.

In Politics on October 19, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I’m having quite a pleasant morning after chomping on a chewy plain toasted bagel smeared with reduced-fat cream cheese and reading the New York Times’ ringing endorsement for Barack Obama. I’m smiling broadly. The Financial Times also has followed suit. 

Ken Adelman, once a member of George W. Bush’s defense agency, told The New Yorker that he plans to vote for Obama. 

His reasons, according to an e-mail sent to New Yorker columnist George Packer: 

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.

I sure hope Obama is more open, centrist, sensible—dare I say, Clintonesque—than his liberal record indicates, than his cooperation with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid portends. If not, I will be even more startled by my vote than I am now.

Go here to read the entire column. See what some pundits are saying about the endorsement

Oh Snap! Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama, reports WSJ!!!


WASHINGTON — Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state under President Bush, endorsed Barack Obama, giving a major boost to the Democratic presidential candidate and dealing a blow to his Republican rival John McCain.

Gen. Powell, who has known Sen. McCain for more than two decades and Sen. Obama for two years, praised the latter as a steady and knowledgeable leader of a “new generation,” who would be able to restore American credibility abroad and address the country’s economic problems.

“I strongly believe that at this point in America’s history we need a president that will not just continue … the policies that we have been following in recent years,” the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “We need a transformational figure.”

Gen. Powell said he had found that Sen. McCain “was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems we’ve been having. … That concerned me.”

Both presidential candidates had for months wooed Gen. Powell, a Republican scion who had served in the administrations of both President Bush and his father. Gen. Powell had praised both candidates, saying his selection would not be strictly about party loyalty, nor would it be based on race. He has contributed to Sen. McCain’s campaign.

In televised comments before and after his endorsement, Gen. Powell voiced his disappointment over the party’s “narrowing” appeal to conservatives. He also spoke of its “despicable … demagoguery,” in attempting to paste a terrorist label on the Illinois senator for his association with Vietnam-era radical Bill Ayers. Sen. Obama has criticized the former actions of Mr. Ayers, who had belonged to a group linked to the bombing of U.S. government buildings.

The general praised Sen. Obama’s “steadiness,” “intellectual curiosity,” and readiness “to be president on Day One,” while questioning what he described as Sen. McCain’s continually shifting solutions to the economic crisis. He also criticized the Arizona senator’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

“I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States. … That raised some questions as to the judgment that Sen. McCain made,” he said. Gen. Powell also cited Gov. Palin’s personal attacks on the Democratic candidate, and “troubling” appeals to the far right.

“They are both distinguished Americans … either one of them I think would be a good president,” Gen. Powell said Sunday of the two senators. “It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Sen. McCain.”

He said he did not plan to campaign for Sen. Obama so late in the season but would vote for him.

“I’ve been watching for a long time and then in the past couple of months, I really said, ‘you can’t keep watching,'” he told reporters after the “Meet the Press” appearance.

His decision two weeks before Election Day underscores the caution and the political evolution of Gen. Powell, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush was the face of America’s military. The son of Jamaican immigrants, Gen. Powell was often mentioned as the leader most likely to be the nation’s first African-American president.

But as secretary of state in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he made the case for war before the United Nations — based on faulty intelligence — earning himself a reputation as the Bush administration’s “point man” on the war and considerable criticism since.

Gen. Powell on Sunday stood by his early role in the war, saying that although he favored a diplomatic solution, the decision to invade Iraq was based on the best knowledge available at the time.

Sen. McCain said on Fox News Sunday that Gen. Powell’s decision was not a surprise, and he has “always admired and respected Gen. Powell. We’re longtime friends.”

Republican pundits sought to downplay Gen. Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Obama. They pointed to Gen. Powell’s expressions of admiration for both men, and said Sen. McCain’s campaign was more about working people than Washington elites. In news releases issued after the endorsement, the McCain campaign appeared to ignore the hoopla surrounding the development, instead touting its approval from “Joe the Plumber,” and endorsement from Mexican-American actress Katie Barberi.

Democrats worked to portray the endorsement as a “nail in the coffin” of Sen. McCain’s campaign.

Gen. Powell’s endorsement also places a seal of approval on Sen. Obama’s opposition to the Iraq war. It could significantly boost the Illinois senator’s credibility among some members of the military, and ease lingering doubts among undecided voters about his national security credentials.

Gen. Powell’s endorsement came as the Democratic candidate finalized plans for a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., near the Fort Bragg military base. According to the 2006 U.S. census, 28.3% of Fayetteville residents age 18 and over were veterans.

*It’s been quite a week for Barack Obama, and as a supporter, I’m elated. Not only did Barack score a major coup with Colin Powell’s endorsement, but he also won support from key newspapers including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune. – MJ*


  1. I must say I’m delighted, elated and every other word I can think of to express how happy I am that Colin Powell is backing Obama. If McCain had chosen Condoleeza for a running mate instead of Palin, he may have had a shot ya’ll! LOL!!!!

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