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The Powell Endorsement

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After Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama last week, I got to thinking about Powell, who is kind of a mystery to me. Of course he's a patriot. He has served his country well in the military and also as Secretary of State under President Bush. No question, Powell loves America and has contributed greatly to it.

And I have no problem with his support of Sen. Obama. Powell is simply exercising his voting freedom, so more power to him. The problem is the general's explanation for defecting from his party.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Powell said he was angry that some extreme right-wingers have called Obama a Muslim, and that he feels the Republican establishment has been disrespectful toward the senator. OK, there have been some absurd things said about Obama, but John McCain has challenged them publicly, and has even rejected bringing up the Rev. Wright as a campaign issue, feeling it is too divisive.

It seems to me that McCain is rejecting ugly politics and is the guy running against Obama, not some nut shouting invective at a rally.

What is also dubious is Powell's lack of fair play. Obama recently appeared on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," whose host has called McCain a "fraud" and accused him of "tacitly inciting lunatics to violence."

That assertion is absurd and grossly irresponsible. So why would Obama go on a program like that? Shouldn't Powell be concerned about it?

And then there is the Daily Kos. As readers of this column may remember, I chastised the democratic presidential contenders last summer for attending the Kos convention in Washington.

Obama, Hillary Clinton and others lent their credibility to a website that routinely revels in hatred.

For example, the Kos posted a disgusting picture of Sen. Joseph Lieberman about to engage in a sex act with President Bush and displayed it for more than year.

When Tony Snow's fatal cancer returned, the website allowed a posting that said the world "would be better off without him."

And most recently, the Daily Kos put forth that Sarah Palin's teenage daughter, not the governor herself, gave birth to the Down syndrome baby. It doesn't get any worse than that.

Again, Obama visited the Kos convention and mingled with these vicious character assassins. I respectfully submit to Gen. Powell: That visit is as troubling as anything that has happened in the Republican precincts.

I know Powell only slightly, but I believe his endorsement of Obama really stems from two things he did not say.

First, Obama has cultivated Powell, treating him with respect, asking for his advice.

Secondly, Powell remains bitter over the way he was treated by the Bush administration and some rank-and-file Republican stalwarts. The friction between Powell and the so-called "neo-cons" has been widely reported.

I think that's the true story behind Powell's shift to the Democrats. The Muslim factor has nothing to do with it.

Veteran TV news anchor Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show "The O'Reilly Factor" and author of the book "Who's Looking Out For You?" To find out more about Bill O'Reilly, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com. This column originates on the Web site www.billoreilly.com.

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What an idiot you are O'Reilly. Read Mark Shields' column today if you want to know the full story behind what General Powell is reacting to: http://www.creators.com/opinion/mark-shields.html. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
The Republicans have benefited in the last several campaign cycles from lying, cheating, stealing, making hypocritical accusations, and throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks. That's the patented Republican Brand that's finally getting tossed off the shelves and into the garbage. McCain, who was a victim of it himself, charted a course toward the same dumpster when he allowed his campaign to get into the same kind of thing. It is too bad the Democrats have not been a little more careful to keep from fighting back in ways that might seem similar, particularly when misrepresented, but they are only human. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
And by the way, it's pretty comical to see a minor-league, wagging mouth like yours trying to acknowledge that General Powell, who so greatly outclasses you in stature and credibility, "loves America and has contributed greatly to it." Talk is so cheap, isn't it O'Reilly?
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Posted by: Masako
Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:04 PM
Sir;... It just goes to show that some people's party is the Nation of America, and tha t party is sorely in need of new and good ideas with effective leadership to make them real... You might be easier to understand if you would get your mind out of your behind... The rich are not good because they are rich, any more than the poor are bad because they are poor... Most of us work, and most of us work hard... We deserve our lives too, and the fact that the rich get our wealth too easily only means they are more willing to piss it away... If they did not demand war we would not need money to pay for it... If their wealth did not spread poverty we would not need them to pay their share... We have to face reality...WE can't deny it; as is your privilage... WE HAVE TO FACE REALITY or it will run us into the grave individually, and as a nation... Only money allows you to deny reality... That is why wealth is every ones drug of choice...The only problem is that it is one economic pie and one people we are talking of here... One man's gain is another's loss... It's an old fact; but I repeat it because it is true... But played out on a national level, the super wealth of an incredible few is making us all poor, miserable, and hopeless... You must get out some times.... You must watch the real news occasionally... Don't you understand that this economy of wannabee kings has made us all slaves??? Wake up and smell the gin... Thanks...Sweeney
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Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:20 PM
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