Election 2012 – Colin Powell endorses the President; Republicans act petulantly; Who is actually committing voter fraud?

by Pitt Griffin on October 27, 2012 · 0 comments

in Election 2012

Colin Powell endorses the President

Colin Powell has endorsed Obama for a second term. He said, “I think we ought to keep on the track we are on”. He singled out the President’s handling of the economy and the withdrawal from Iraq.

He said he had the “utmost respect” for Romney – which in politispeak means “I have no respect”  for Romney.

He went on to criticize Romney as a flip-flopper, saying, “One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. Same thing in Iraq. On every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Gov. Romney agreed with the president with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign.”

John McCain’s admits that the Iraqi war was based on a lie

McCain reacted on Fox radio, saying, “Well, I’m just saddened because, you know, I used to be a great admirer of Colin Powell. We were friends. I think one of the sad aspects of his career is going to the United Nations Security Council and telling them things about Iraq that were absolutely false.”

Since Powell was presenting the Bush administration’s position, McCain is in effect calling the ex-President, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the neocon establishment all liars.

He added, “All I can say is that Gen. Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what has clearly been the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime.”

More feckless than the Vietnam War? More feckless than the Iraq invasion? The reputation that is being harmed here is McCain’s. He used to be admired as a genuine war hero, an actual maverick who wasn’t scared to do the right thing, even when it was politically expedient. Now he is just a cranky old man.

John Sununu knows why Colin Powell endorsed Obama

Sununu – ex-governor of New Hampshire and a leading Romney spokesman – said to  Piers Morgan on CNN,“Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that’s an endorsement based on issues, or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.”

When Morgan asked him what that reason would be, he added, “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”

It is another example – in addition to their take on rape and pregnancy – that the leading lights of the Republican party are tone-deaf.

Colin Powell – unlike Sununu – served his country in Vietnam – twice. He was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State.

To suggest that he endorsed a man to be President because of the color of his skin is absurd. He endorsed Obama because he is the better man.

The wolf who cried wolf

Psychologists have long known that we tend to project our character onto others. For example,  if someone tells you that most people cheat, there is a great likelihood that he himself is a cheat. Bearing this in mind, what does the Republican obsession with voter fraud signify?

Two things. One that it is no more than a cynical attempt to restrict Democrats from voting. Two, that many Republicans have a penchant for voter fraud.

Poppycock, you might say. But consider this, the RNC paid Strategic Allied Consulting $3 million to register voters in swing states. Dishonesty has surfaced in Virginia, Florida and Colorado and the RNC cut ties with the company – admission of guilt? Of course.

The owner of Strategic is a Nathan Sproul, who has a long history of questionable voter registration practices.

The next person – who wants to make voter fraud claims – should take a long, hard look in the mirror.

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