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Reactions to Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama

Reactions to Powell's Endorsement: Race, Elitism, & Legacy?

After Colin Powell's thorough endorsement of Barack Obama yesterday on Meet the Press the reactions and analysis flew in the media and your comments. Here are some of the standout reactions:

  • Michelle Malkin called "Powell’s embrace of Barack Obama is a triumph of hope over reality," but is careful to say she doesn't think it's an issue of race. "It’s Obama’s social liberalism, not his skin color, that attracts Powell most."
  • Rush Limbaugh and Pat Buchanan didn't come to the same conclusion, saying, "I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed," and "look would Colin Powell be endorsing Obama if he were a white liberal Democrat..." respectively.
  • Over on Townhall, they link the endorsement to the importance Powell puts on the opinion of the media elite saying, "But what his endorsement highlights again is that this race isn't just about left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative. It's about elites vs. normal, everyday Americans."

To see what McCain had to say and what happens next,


  • Time focuses on the military-esque strategy behind the endorsement, and the Times comments on its contribution to Powell's legacy.
  • McCain said in response to Powell's assertion that Obama is qualified to be president, "We have a respectful disagreement."
  • Obama has welcomed Powell to the trail and assured him a role as adviser, though Powell has so far said he has no plans to campaign.

    What do you think of the reactions? Are any of them right on?


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