This morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, General Colin Powell (Ret.) thoughtfully and with great detail discussed both John McCain and Barack Obama and the reasoning behind his endorsement of Senator Obama. It’s an intelligent and often moving seven minutes that is required viewing. As I’ve said repeatedly, both in this blog and in personal discussions. I will not vote for someone purely based on race and Powell makes it very clear that he shares this position. Had race been his only criteria, Powell would have endorsed Obama two years ago, he said.
What effect this endorsement has on the election is still to be seen. It seems a foregone conclusion that moderate republicans will take this to heart, as will military and retired military families. Considering the military presence in states like Florida and Virginia as well as North and South Carolina, this could prove the most important endorsement received to date by the senator from Illinois. This story, from the Independent newspaper in the UK ran almost a week ago and it illustrates a trend within the military to back Obama. Powell’s endorsement can only help.
Earlier today, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked a guest on her newscast about losing how the campaigns could lose 48 hours on “lipstick.” Are you kidding me? How dare she ask that question! Who does she think is responsible? For all Sarah Palin’s whinging and moaning about how “liberal” the press is and how “biased” MSNBC is (Ok, it is and I love it) stories like “lipstick on a pig” are created completely by the media. What I mean to say is, in answer to your question, Andrea: It’s the fucking press, you ninny!
If the press had ignored it as a funny, “last 5 minutes of the newscast” kind of an item, the story wouldn’t have had nearly the legs it had, but instead it was the LEAD story! Are you kidding? With McCain, Obama, Palin and Biden, not to mention their dozens of surrogates) out there stumping, holding town hall meetings and generally going about the very serious business of trying to educate the general voting public about who might be best suited to lead the country going forward, MSNBC, CNN. etc. still lead with the damn pig comment.
Some thoughts while the debate goes on…
In the Spin Room: Apparently, Hillary Clinton’s campaign says she had a very strong night. That’s not spinning, that’s lying.
10:38pm: Admittedly, I am an Edwards supporter, but I have seen dozens of debates in the past 25 years and in my opinion and that of friends watching with me, John Edwards won this debate, clear and away.
10:32pm: Bill Richardson shows a fantastic sense of humor when he regrets naming Byron “Whizzer” White as his favorite supreme court justice.
10:21pm: I have to say, Obama really drives me nuts with his equivocating and “self-help” speech. He’s so vague, half the time.
10:13pm: Obama dodges question about the watering down of his ban on lobbyists paying for meals.
10:10PM: Edwards is sounding and looking more presidential than he has in many debates.
9:54pm: Break time. I’d like to take this time out to ask….Does anyone think it’s weird that in less than four years after its founding in February of 2004, Facebook is the co-sponsor of an important presidential debate?
9:51pm: Oh, how wrong I was about Bill. Yes, he’s cuddly, but yes, he’s presidential.
9:46pm: Obama on Iraq: “We should be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in.” Great quote.
9:34pm: Obama and Edwards are putting Hillary on the defensive. Edwards is totally pushing Hillary back into the status quo pile. She’s really sounding shrill and defensive.
9:27pm: Obama avoids health care mandates by claiming that when he goes into his town meetings, he doesn’t see people who are avoiding paying for health care he sees people who want it but can’t afford it, but I say that’s only because those who can afford it but choose not to are likely not Obama supporters.
9:21pm: So far, this is a much more sedate and polite debate. Dare I say, boring? Maybe it’s her placement on the stage, but Hillary seems like an afterthought.
9:18pm: Charlie Gibson scares the shit out of us by threatening us with a nuclear weapon attack in a US city. Note to self, “Move to small town.”
9:15pm: Good point, Bill! We backed the Shah and it bit us in the ass. Richardson’s a good man, but he’s got the Q rating of a teddy bear. Good ol’ cuddly Bill! But presidential? Nope.
9:14pm: Hillary lost me. Why is she getting into specifics about what happens if we launch missiles into Pakistan.
9:11pm: Wow. Bill Richardson just said he’d ask Musharraf to “temporarily” step aside. Bold call.
9:03pm: And they’re off!
9:00pm: he Dems are about to start.
8:41pm: The GOP debate is over and IMHO, John McCain won. Mitt Romney looked like a complete stiff. The rest of the candidates really don’t like Romney! The photo op with the democrats was a rather interesting and historic moment.
8:26pm: Mitt Romney for the umpteenth time is ragged on by McCain (“Governor Romney, you are indeed the candidate for change,” referring to Romney’s flip flopping on issues) and others. Mitt really has a thin skin and no sense of humor. He can’t give or take!
8:25pm: Fred Thompson names the NEA and a “liberal interest group” whose policies Obama has adopted. Ooooh, scary! The National Endowment of the Arts!
8:20pm: These people are talking about building a fucking border fence, for god’s sake! That’s absolutely crazy.
8:14pm: Mitt Romney has the sense of humor of a lump of coal.
8:12pm Regarding illegal immigration, do these people who are against amnesty or a permanent residency program have an idea who might clean their homes, care for their children, pick their fruits and cook their foods? Illegal immigration is a red herring. It’s not an issue. Every developed country in the world has a very important segment of their economy that runs on ilegal immigration.
John McCain just said that big pharmaceutical companies are the bad guys!
Ron Paul is a phony. All these young people giving him money and he’s a) Pro-life, b) is against any amnesty or citizenship path for illegal immigrants and is in favor of a border fence, c) is against same-sex marriage but believes it’s a state issue (like abortion, read: cop out) and d) supports extending Bush’s tax cuts through 2010 and supports eliminating income tax. Sounds crazy to me. He’s like Jerry Brown with a cheaper suit.