Colin Powell manages to miss again

Some of us (and I say “us” for obvious reasons) will be disappointed. Many others of you won’t be surprised in the least. But no matter which way you spin it, Colin Powell took another turn around the weekend cable shows and continued his long tradition of making sure he disappoints somebody whenever they trot him out. Of course, this is probably why the media loves to have him on. First up, he’s just not so crazy about any voter ID laws, you know?


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday predicted that Republican attempts to pass voter ID laws would “backfire” by energizing minorities to vote them out of office.

Powell took aim at efforts on the state legislature level to require that people show photo identification to vote.

“These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think are going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to to vote, and I encourage that,” Powell said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

If that wasn’t enough, rather than just sticking pins in ballot integrity, he seemed to feel that he needed a little icing on the cake, so we have this gem.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the jury verdict that cleared the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin “questionable” and urged President Barack Obama to speak more on issues of race during an interview that aired Sunday…

Asked about the Martin killing, Powell questioned its impact on the civil rights discourse. A Florida jury found George Zimmerman acted in self-defense and acquitted him during a criminal trial.

“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power,” Powell said. “These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”

That doesn’t mean Obama should keep silent, though, Powell said.


Powell is a moderate, so I don’t expect him to please the entire base on every single issue. (And he does still get a lot of things right on defense and taxes, just for two examples.) But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little. We’re not even that close to an election, and I don’t think he’s got a new book coming out… why go on tour now? Or if he does, why not stick to topics like Syria and Egypt? He had some worthwhile things to add on that front.

I don’t have much else to add. Just a little something to start off your Monday morning.

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