Powell endorsing Obama = Something Unexpected from McCain

In one weekend, Barack Obama received crowds of 100,000 and 75, 000 respectively in Missouri, his campaign announced raising more than $150 million in September, he’s up in Virginia and North Carolina and Gen. Colin Powell endorsed him Meet the Press.

This is a lot, A LOT, of good news going into Monday and if we’ve learned anything from the last few go ’rounds the McCain Campaign cannot allow all this to become the news story du jour. None of this is helpful to the Republican candidate. This is so much “rah rah rah Obama” news that it will completely block out Gov. Sarah Palin’s tethered performance on Saturday Night Live.

I don’t think the appearance hurt her in any capacity, but it further solidified the point that she’s limited in her scope. The best bit was in seeing her sway side-to-side while Amy Poehler performed a hip hop number in her honor.

But seeing her and Tina Fey quickly cross each paths like a pair of voodoo black cats isn’t enough to silence Powell’s statements that the narrowing scope of the campaign and McCain’s judgment in selecting Palin as veep sent him running to Team Obama.

So what stunt will be pulled Monday? Where will the juggling bears and the dancing girls come from this time? Just how many trick ponies does John McCain own? I prepared for the Republicans to do their best to explain why Colin Powell is no longer relevant. That pretty much started the minute the interview was over with.

On Face the Nation, Missouri Gov. Matt “Little Boy” Blunt told Bob Schieffer the endorsement didn’t matter, then dug into the crates with the “Obama = celebrity” meme when explaining how The Great Hopemongerer pulled 175,000 folks in Missouri rallies. Did I mention Matt Blunt is a highly unpopular governor who chose not to run for re-election rather than face certain doom to the Democrats this year? He took one for the team and got out of the Missouri Republican Party’s way so they could at least have a shot at the retaining Jefferson City.

Blunt had his talking points. Endorsements don’t matter. Even when they’re from the guy behind the “Powell Doctrine,” who is generally liked by both parties, is an iconic military figure and has played ball with the Republicans for the last few decades.

And Powell and John McCain are “friends.”

But saying that alone isn’t going to make it go away. It’ll take something crazy and unexpected. Perhaps something clever involving Donald Trump and Heidi Montag, or Sarah Palin suspending her campaign to go hunt Osama bin Laden. Or McCain naming Joe Lieberman and “Joe the Plumber” as Palin’s co-veeps. Or McCain calling for some random person within government to “step down.”

Maybe he’ll challenge Obama to a duel. Anything to keep the Irate Talk Express rolling and straight jacking for news cycles. Whatever it takes!

12 thoughts on “Powell endorsing Obama = Something Unexpected from McCain

  1. They can say that endorsements are irrelevant but they need to note the points Powell made about the direction of the campaign and McCain’s judgment. This coming from a friend. That was a big slap in their face. Plus, don’t forget the endorsement from the Chicago Tribune on Saturday. They have never backed a Democrat for President in their history.


  3. I don’t know why I found that SNL skit so funny. I replayed it several times last night, laughing out loud, particularly when the moose got shot. It was also quite amusing to see Todd, the First Dude, looking totally fey in that “snow machine” suit and singing along with the eskimos. Regarding the Powell endorsement, I’m fully expecting McCain to give this comment: “I don’t care about what an old, washed-up unrepentant general has to say. But we need to know the truth. We have to know the real nature of this relationship.” Seriously, McCain is going to try something big this week, maybe even snag a left-field endorsement himself, say from someone like Angelina Jolie. We all know that show business easily trumps the military when it comes to politics.

  4. I thought I was having a flashback when she said she wasn’t going to do the prepared skit.. I was thinking but it’s saturday night live not the 6:30 news.. I will admit it was funny when Amy shot the Moose.

  5. This endorsement speaks volumes and I believe it will be a needle mover for two relevant voter segments this election: (1) moderate Republicans who are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the extreme rightward direction of the McCain-Palin campaign and (2) people who are holding back on Obama-Biden primarily because of foreign policy and national security concerns. Aside from the blemish on his record in relation to the Iraq war, General Powell still garners tremendous respect from the vast majority of Republicans, and every Republican President in the last three decades has sought his advice on National Security and Foreign Policy issues. I hope that General Powell’s endorsement will sway the votes of some members of the two above-mentioned segments away from John McCain and Sarah Palin and towards Senators Obama and Biden. This election is still too close for my comfort, and the excellent news about General Powell aside, it will be important for those of who support Senator Obama to get to the polls on election day (or sooner if you can!) and vote not only to ensure his victory, but also to demonstrate the greater sense of unity and solidarity our country desperately needs right now.Comments welcome: <A HREF="http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com“ REL=”nofollow”>http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com

  6. All I can say is that Powell laid it right there out in the open and told his party just how effed up it’s become. His anger was barely concealed. Most of all he reminded America what we’re SUPPOSED to be about.Palin is – something I can’t write here and as a feminist I shouldn’t even think of calling her – but those are my feelings and I own them. At the very least she’s too stupid to realize she’s not that smart. If we’re fortunate she’ll disappear off the national stage never to be heard from again.

  7. So sad how Amy totally out shone Sarah Palin, she may as well not even have been there!Of course the McCain campaign will pull some dead rabbit out of their hat, whatever!

  8. Sec. Powell cuts quite a distinguished cloth! He would’ve been a great President. I’m glad he endorsed Obama. My former Mayor speculated Pres Bush 1st asked him to hold off for months, but the timing of this was perfect.

  9. This was the best description of what Powell did on MTP. I found it at one of the blogs I read:It was the most eloquent non-cursing cursing out I have ever witnessed.

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