Colin Powell: You know, I’m not sure who I’m voting for yet

posted at 1:00 pm on June 13, 2008 by Allahpundit

Pro-choice, anti-gun, soft on Wrightgate, in favor of talks with Iran and Syria, and foreign policy chat buddy to St. Barry as far back as last summer, when Obama was still expected to be nothing more than roadkill beneath the wheels of the Clinton machine.

He knows who he’s voting for.

Colin Powell, the former Republican secretary of state, says he is not ruling out a vote for Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic nominee for president…

“I will vote for the individual I think that brings the best set of tools to the problems of 21st-century America and the 21st-century world regardless of party, regardless of anything else other than the most qualified candidate,” Mr. Powell said at a news conference before delivering a speech to about 800 people attending a leadership forum at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“Both of them certainly have the qualifications to be the president of the United States, but both of them cannot be,” he said…

Asked whether he thought it was a difficult choice, he said: “I think so. Yes.”

Picture it. Late August, Denver, third night of the Democratic convention. The curtains part and out strides America’s Moral Leader to offer a Zell Miller-ish cross-party benediction of Obama as the official choice of Sensible Centrists everywhere. Exit question: Given the enormous value something like that would have, both in terms of boosting Barry O’s military credentials and in cutting into McCain’s appeal among independents, what would/could Obama offer him to make it happen? “I always keep my eyes open and my ears open to requests for service,” Powell told Tim Russert last year, but what, realistically, could he do? SecDef? The guy who (in)famously sold the Iraq war to the United Nations?


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He beats a woman scorned on the bitterness scale hands down.

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 1:04 PM

The guy who (in)famously sold the Iraq war to the United Nations?

Great point. The aforementioned Iraq war that Obama conveniently linked Hill to as her poor judgment.

carbon_footprint on June 13, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Actually, McCain needs a swift kick in the *ss, and Powell’s letting him know that McCain has to EARN support.

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Who cares about whom Colin Powell’s going to vote for?

I worry about the collapse of the Bush presidency and legacy when Colin Powell’s book comes out saying that George W. Bush is gay and that the Iraq invasion was some sort of gay fantasy.

Indy Conservative on June 13, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Brain says Maverick, but skin says, Brotha!!

Once you vote Barack, you can’t go back.

Hening on June 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Colin Powell, or as they called him at the Pentagon, the Perfumed Prince.

MB4 on June 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM

George W. Bush is gay and that the Iraq invasion was some sort of gay fantasy.

He wanted to put his sword in Saddam’s spider hole.

I had that dream too.

Hening on June 13, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Aluminum tubes!!! I don’t know how he is going to live that down.

WisCon on June 13, 2008 at 1:08 PM

The guy who (in)famously sold the Iraq war to the United Nations?

Hey, Powell’s hands and voice is clean on Iraq’s War information account–nothing infamous except the uberleft propaganda smear wholeclothed by the likes of Jay Rockefeller & Co. who doesn’t even measure up to qualify as a RINO.

Besides, the bone to pick is with the CIA and CLINTON!

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Expected

gmoonster on June 13, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Pro-choice, anti-gun, soft on Wrightgate, in favor of talks with Iran and Syria, and foreign policy chat buddy to St. Barry as far back as last summer, when Obama was still expected to be nothing more than roadkill beneath the wheels of the Clinton machine.

You forgot “f***ing weasel who protected Richard Armitage while so that Fitzgerald could go on a fishing expedition that ensnared Lewis Libby in a perjury trap.”

thirteen28 on June 13, 2008 at 1:13 PM

What a racist.

NTWR on June 13, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

/I can hear the noise all the way from here

Sir Napsalot on June 13, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Hey Powell, go suck on an egg with McClellan.

Just one more in a long line of Republican turncoats.

fogw on June 13, 2008 at 1:16 PM

When Powell served as Bush’s mouthpiece, where was the scorn from HotAir commenters against him then?

He has his reasons. He served his country with honor. So let him have his say, and criticize what he says and criticize his reasons, but not HIM.

Same with McCain. Where he speaks unwittingly or uneducated on the topic, put him back on track. But since we’re stuck with the toad, work on the magic formula to find who can deliver the transforming kiss for the POTUS ticket and GOP presidency.

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 1:16 PM

If Powell support Obama, in the eyes of the MSM that will “wipe away all his sins.”

Because we don’t actually have a functioning press corps, that’s why, we have a massive monopoly leftist lobby pretending to be one.

Merovign on June 13, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Oh yeah, he allowed the “shadow warriors” over at the dept. of state to undermine Bush for years and years. Bush probably got wise to it and told him to get the heck out.

“Oh, I feel so uuuused!” -Colin Powell

He beats a woman scorned on the bitterness scale hands down.

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Indeed.

NTWR on June 13, 2008 at 1:18 PM

America’s Moral Leader to offer a Zell Miller-ish cross-party benediction of Obama

I don’t think he ever declared a party. Remember in 1998 and 1999 there was speculation that he might run but no one knew for whom. Besides, he’s just another liberal that Bush trusted who wound up stabbing him in the back. Let the dems have him.

peacenprosperity on June 13, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Well, maybe I attributed more to Powell than he was/is.

But you have to admit, Bush left him dangling. And he is bitter, no doubt whatsoever, about feeling betrayed whether or not he was. So politics are filthy and his hands aren’t any cleaner (or dirtier?) than anyone elses.

Disappointing, to be sure.

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 1:21 PM

America embraced Powell as the Hope that Obama now aspires to usurp. It must be vanity that brings him to Obama’s side, having placed himself behind the curtains while stewing over hurt feelings.

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Pro-choice, anti-gun, soft on Wrightgate, in favor of talks with Iran and Syria

Why was he considered a Republican?

Was that just from those of us who weren’t paying attention?

Esthier on June 13, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Powell is someone I never liked. I admire his service, but he seems to be a person who wants to be liked. Anything to get him popular once again since the media hates anyone or anything attached with President Bush.

jencab on June 13, 2008 at 1:23 PM

What the hell happened to General Powell?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 13, 2008 at 1:25 PM

SecDef? The guy who (in)famously sold the Iraq war to the United Nations?

So crazy it might work!!

Seixon on June 13, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Colin Powell, the former Republican secretary of state, says he is not ruling out a vote for Barack Obama

He is not ruling out a vote for the most liberal member of the Senate. Way to go, General. Blood is thicker than gray matter.

whitetop on June 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Picture it. Late August, Denver, third night of the Democratic convention. The curtains part and out strides America’s Moral Leader to offer a Zell Miller-ish cross-party benediction of Obama as the official choice of Sensible Centrists everywhere.

Great hype for the press and Chris Mathews leg would be vibrating like there is no tomorrow. The only problem I see with that is that would Powell deliver any votes to Obama? He’s pretty much a political traitor among Republicans after the way he left the administration hanging over the Plame witchhunt. He’s not well respected by the black community. He’d have to explain how it is that he can support a man who hates the military and demands immediate surrender of the war that Powell himself was involved with starting. So I guess he has some value if sensible centrist is codeword for disloyal opportunistic partisan.

highhopes on June 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Why was he considered a Republican?

Was that just from those of us who weren’t paying attention?

Esthier on June 13, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Hope.

thirteen28 on June 13, 2008 at 1:28 PM

After reading Bolton’s book ” Surrender Is Not An Option”, I gave up considering Gen Powell anything but a leftard. Sad, McCain and Powell served their country well while in uniform. But, that was then this is now.

MNDavenotPC on June 13, 2008 at 1:28 PM

He has his reasons. He served his country with honor. So let him have his say, and criticize what he says and criticize his reasons, but not HIM.

I am critical of his methods, not his liberal positions. He knew that the Plame “outing” came from his subordinate Richard Armitage and he remained silent as the White House took all the heat. I can’t believe that you would defend such disloyalty. He like McCain might have served his nation with honor but in political terms he is a Judas who cannot be trusted and doesn’t deserve our respect or support.

highhopes on June 13, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Running mate!

capitalist piglet on June 13, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Asked whether he thought it was a difficult choice, he said: “I think so. Yes.”

Gargantuan Bull Sierra! Today the sun rose in the East in San Diego, really.

I commented here before that this will happen. He is not a Judas, as some, above, have said “turncoat”. No, he is worse than that. He plays the cards, as he needs them, and has for a lifetime. We are the fools for having fallen for it.

As for his future job in an Obama admin. – don’t think so. He is a member in one of the most lucrative venture capitalist forums in the world. It takes an initial investment of at least 300 million to get in. He did very well exploiting all his options, and he’s not done yet. I say good for him and bad for the suckers.

Entelechy on June 13, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Running mate!

capitalist piglet on June 13, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Never!

Entelechy on June 13, 2008 at 1:35 PM

jencab on June 13, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Powell was never a Bush administration supporter. He was persuaded to take the SECSTATE job as part of the “gravitas” push during the campaign. By all accounts he did a poor job in the position most demonstrably by the few times that he actually traveled overseas. He betrayed the President over the Plame witchhunt.

Ironically, the UN speech laying out the case against Iraq was probably his finest moment, now he’s hinting that he’ll support the guy who hates the troops, wants to surrender immediately, and won’t even wear a American flag pin.

Generals aren’t supposed to forget the troops in the field. Powell clearly is one of those armchair careerist generals like Zinni, Clark, or McPeak.

highhopes on June 13, 2008 at 1:37 PM

highhopes on June 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

All he has to do is come out and say he supports Obama because he knows firt-hand how dangerous and divisive the current policies are (which McCain will continue). After all, he was strong-armed and misled by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld into making that presentation before the UN.

The spineless Dems in the Senate Intelligence Committee have been doing this lying for a few years now, and it’s also worked for Scotty-boy McClellan.

Rick on June 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM

he’s hinting that he’ll support the guy who hates the troops, wants to surrender immediately, and won’t even wear a American flag pin.

Can you back up all three of those assertions with facts? Especially the first and the third?

crr6 on June 13, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Why, oh why, do people think anything good of Powell? He screwed the pooch in the First Iraq War by putting a leash of Schwartzkopf — leaving the job unfinished. He was disastrously wrong on those mobile chemical labs — embarrassing himself, the administration and the entire country. Finally, it was his idea to go back to the UN to get a second resolution even though a second resolution was unnecessary (and highly unlikely) — once again humiliating the administration and the nation. He is a leftist plant.

The Athenians would know what to do with a general like him…

tommylotto on June 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Why all the hate on Powell? I doubt he cares what you people think. At least use some snark where people won’t take your opinions seriously.

FWIW, Armitage is with McCain.

ninjapirate on June 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM

I think the man is either a liar or clueless.

How can’t honestly believe that

“Both of them certainly have the qualifications to be the president of the United States,

On the one hand is a Vietnam veteran fighter pilot who was a POW, comes from a long line of miltary heroes and has a long history of accomplishments (good and bad) as a Senator.
On the other hand is a man who despises the military and the country, who’s only accomplishment was being a ‘community activist’ and has made zero accomplishments as a U.S. Senator.

I agree, he has no credibility and who cares who he endorses.

AZ_Mike on June 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Why all the hate on Powell? I doubt he cares what you people think. At least use some snark where people won’t take your opinions seriously.

FWIW, Armitage is with McCain.

ninjapirate on June 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Gee, can you read the above?

Sitting on the knowledge that one of his own subordiantes, Armitage, was the real leaker while the Bush WH took the heat for it, both politically and legally is both disloyal and illegal – not to mention, if it was a crime to leak her name as so many on the left contended, it would have made him an accessory after the fact.

And I don’t give a crap if Armitage supports McCain, either way he’s as much of a POS as Powell, who whiffed on his ethical obligation to come forward and publically admit he was the real leaker at the beginning so the whole Plame thing would have died on the vine like is should have.

thirteen28 on June 13, 2008 at 1:46 PM

I dont think Obama would allow him to speak for him at the convention. Not after Powell looked like such a freaking IDIOT at the UN selling everyone on the fact that ice cream trucks were mobile chemical weapons factories. He lost all credibility after that nonsense.

muyoso on June 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

He’d be a major endorsement for Obama.

Or he might be making sure that his endorsement of McCain will be more valuable (which it will be if there’s the expectation he’ll endorse Obama.)

Mister Mets on June 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Before anyone still believes Mr. Powell to have been so poerfull, nuanced, smart and insightful, Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin ran circles around him, and demeaned him to the very end. He invited Mr. Powerll to his residence in D.C. for lunch to tell him that he’ll support the 2nd Iraq war effort. While waiting there for the French haughtie, on Villepin’s home territory, Powell saw on TV Villepin declaring the big “Non”.

FWIW, Armitage is with McCain.

ninjapirate on June 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Armitage is a big weasel too and did much to undermine the war in background, without having the cojones to do it up front. It would have been better for Powell/Armitage to resign, same as McClellan (though the latter is just a tiny and insignifican weasel in the big scheme).

Entelechy on June 13, 2008 at 1:48 PM

crr6 on June 13, 2008 at 1:39 PM

He associates with and is heavily supported by people that are anti-military and anti-U.S. – fact;
there is no question that he wants to surrender (or, to put it in disguised liberal speak, “withdraw” ASAP) – fact; and
as for the American flag pin, it is fact that he’s flip-flopped on that issue of late (after he made such a stink about not wearing it last year).

Rick on June 13, 2008 at 1:48 PM

For all the reasons AP cites, Powell would make a good pick for McCain for VP. It doubles down on the national security/experience cred, it’s about as bipartisan pick as you can make without actually picking a Democrat, and it gives some diversity to the ticket.

Dudley Smith on June 13, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Pro-choice, anti-gun, soft on Wrightgate, in favor of talks with Iran and Syria,

Three out of four. Not bad.

freevillage on June 13, 2008 at 1:50 PM

He’d have to explain how it is that he can support a man who hates the military and demands immediate surrender of the war that Powell himself was involved with starting.

highhopes on June 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Team Obama will formulate a rationale, pass it on to the MSM, and the rest as we say, is history.

Never forget who enemy #1 is.
Powell won’t have to explain diddley squat.

fogw on June 13, 2008 at 1:51 PM

is both disloyal and illegal

Oops, meant to say disloyal and unethical … but my general point still stands. Powell is a weasel.

thirteen28 on June 13, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Snake in the grass!

Winebabe on June 13, 2008 at 1:53 PM

You’d think he’d decide who he’s voting for before sending $2,300 to McCain for his run.

amerpundit on June 13, 2008 at 1:57 PM

What the hell happened to General Powell?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 13, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Evidently he retired more than the title, but the mantel of honor as well. Schade, and more’s the pity for our land of the free.

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 2:06 PM

amerpundit, very interesting, $ all (R) with an (I)

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Way to go, General. Blood is thicker than gray matter.

whitetop on June 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

…only after drying

maverick muse on June 13, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Powell must be on Obama’s VP list.

pecan pie on June 13, 2008 at 2:20 PM

if he is a VP pick, talk about an upside-down ticket in terms of foreign policy experience!

pecan pie on June 13, 2008 at 2:21 PM

America’s Moral Leader

Right. This nothing is the single most overrated personality in America, and AP’s absolutely right – he’s in Obambi’s pocket.

There’s the racist thing, which proves more powerful than I ever would have guessed, and there’s the increasingly hard to deny sense that they have the same basic view of the world – liberal, pacifist but with “tough talk”, and anti-conservative on every issue.

Powell is the answer I give to the question: why didn’t we crush Hussein in Desert Storm? This douchebag warned Bush that we were killing the Iraqis way too good, and it didn’t look good.

Jaibones on June 13, 2008 at 2:31 PM

You’d think he’d decide who he’s voting for before sending $2,300 to McCain for his run.

amerpundit on June 13, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Head fake.

Jaibones on June 13, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Besides, if Powell lets his sentiment for Obama linger very long, it won’t matter who he supports.

Jaibones on June 13, 2008 at 2:33 PM

He’ll probably be on the short list for Obama’s VP.

For the record I have been out most of the day, and unable to defend myself against the accusations of being ‘anti-Catholic’. I have responded on the ‘quote of the day’ for those that care about what I meant by what I was quoted from the previous thread.

ThackerAgency on June 13, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I’m not a fan.

CP on June 13, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I will vote for the individual I think that brings the best set of tools…

He should vote for Obama. There are plenty of tools in Obama’s wake, but his administration will still be better stocked than your average hardware store.

RushBaby on June 13, 2008 at 2:55 PM

“Both of them certainly have the qualifications to be the president of the United States, but both of them cannot be,” he said…

I’m guessing he will go for the O… he has the Obamessiah’s flair for being able to say in one sentence something that is patently untrue and at the same time stunningly obvious.

drunyan8315 on June 13, 2008 at 3:10 PM

He, like all the minorities are going for the brotha no matter what the consequences. Cry me a river when it all hits the fan and everyone’s taxed right back into the ghetto.

UnEasyRider on June 13, 2008 at 3:13 PM

regardless of party, regardless of anything else other than the most qualified candidate,”

Looks like Obama is disqualified..

Chakra Hammer on June 13, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Hey did anyone notice that Obama’s a Black man?

Chakra Hammer on June 13, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Hey did anyone notice that Obama’s a Black man?

Shoot, barry has known it for at least 25 years.

peacenprosperity on June 13, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Two parties, one plantation.

The Race Card on June 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Hey did anyone notice that Obama’s a Black man?

Chakra Hammer on June 13, 2008 at 3:29 PM

You’ll never let us forget.

The Race Card on June 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Another guy who repaid Bush’s loyalty with treachery – he sat on the information that it was Richard Armitage who “outed” Valerie Plame. If it were not the color of his skin , would Powell ever have risen as high as he did?

Hilts on June 13, 2008 at 3:50 PM

In any other election match up, I might care who Powell endorses; Not because I have more than 2% respect for Powell Vs. 98% disdain… But because of the Mediocrats™ who think he is the greatest thing since Monday Night Football and American Idol(Idle)that would follow his endorsement when they step in the voting booth.

The thing is, he would make a great strategic pick for either candidate’s VP.

Since y’all keep telling me that, electorally, conservatives don’t matter any more and the lefties don’t matter all that much; the great mediocrity that is Powell would improve EITHER candidate’s chances with the only voter segment that apparently matters anymore: Those that don’t believe in anything enough to get out of the center of the highway, The Great American Middle.

And were it not for the fact that Mrs. Powell won’t permit him to do so; I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he was offered, and accepted the VP offer from EITHER guy.

LegendHasIt on June 13, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Brain says Maverick, but skin says, Brotha!!

Once you vote Barack, you can’t go back.

Hening on June 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM

not cool, man.

DrW on June 13, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Asked whether he thought it was a difficult choice, he said: “I think so. Yes.”

Typical Powell response with one finger testing the wind, absent any willingness to fully commit to anyone in public in case the wind changes direction.

Powell (IMHO) often displayed discomfort and lack of enthusiam for people employing him. This pose is normally the game of teenagers, who disagree with their parents but are under their dominion. Teens grow up and gain liberty. Powell was already grown up, and no one was making him eat dirt except himself. Retired officers get a pretty good pension.

I once saw Powell display great enthusiasm when, on camera, he entered the State Department to take command in the war between State and the White House, and the pampered princes of the State Dpartment, the well coifed ivy league specialists, displayed their rapture at his presence.

The same idiots who helped destabilize Yugoslavia saw their kindred in Powell. That was a wake up.

It would have been better for Powell/Armitage to resign, same as McClellan (though the latter is just a tiny and insignifican weasel in the big scheme).

Entelechy on June 13, 2008 at 1:48 PM

That is why Powell is no Zell Miller. Miller quit for principle.

entagor on June 13, 2008 at 5:50 PM

You’ll never let us forget.

The Race Card on June 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Ha. Apparently you’ve confined your news sources to this page. Everywhere else I read that Obama’s election would be the righteous culmination of the entire civil rights movement…because of the color of his skin.

No one can seem to come up with any other reason to vote for him, so I’m guessing he’s happy about being black just now, unlike his wife.

Jaibones on June 13, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Blood is thicker than gray matter.

whitetop on June 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

What are you saying? Are they both … O+ ?!

Jaibones on June 13, 2008 at 6:17 PM

yeah a lot of us aren’t so sure yet. SO get back in line Colin. We’ll call you if we need you.

johnnyU on June 13, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Has been. Colin Powder needs to join Jimmy Crater and just go away.

Wade on June 13, 2008 at 8:14 PM

“Both of them certainly have the qualifications to be the president of the United States, but both of them cannot be,”

What a profoundly stupid statement from a man I once respected.

labrat on June 13, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Powell is the man who was given credit for Schwartzkopf’s accomplishments. Why, I never did know. He did very little, other than (as as been pointed out) selling us to the UN. Why he was ever popular I do not know.

rightwingprof on June 14, 2008 at 7:18 AM

You mean one RINO may not vote for another RINO!!!! UN-Fing-BELIEVABLE!!!

pueblo1032 on June 14, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Another typical moderate. Just can’t seem to make up his mind. I’m actually really surprised he’s not on Mac’s wagon, probably still pissed Mac didn’t leave the Republican party or apply enough pressure on Kerry to be Veep in 2004.

C’mon Powell, flip a coin like a real moderate. Make everybody happy!

Big Orange on June 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Everywhere else I read that Obama’s election would be the righteous culmination of the entire civil rights movement…because of the color of his skin.

No one can seem to come up with any other reason to vote for him, so I’m guessing he’s happy about being black just now, unlike his wife.

Jaibones on June 13, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Liberal are sticking to one of their principles–Identity Politicking–as you mention above.

It’d be nice to see conservatives stick to their principles, rather than point to Liberals and say “why should I be color-blind when Libs aren’t being that way?”

baldilocks on June 14, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Suprising to see him fall into the 90 percentile.

Hog Wild on June 14, 2008 at 9:15 PM