In regard to the financial crisis, which Powell called the candidates' "final exam," Powell said McCain appeared unsteady in dealing with it, while Obama had excelled in handling the situation.John McCain responded to the news by indicating that Powell's endorsement of Obama was expected and noting that he has the endorsement of 4 former Secretaries of state, including Henry Kissinger who can't decide if he does or does not agree with Barack Obama on terms for diplomatic meetings with our enemies. Regardless, I fully expect the Republican base to spin the Powell endorsement as being racially motivated. After all, the McCain-Palin base is about as base as you can be with a sizable and vocal group spewing out and out hatred, ignorance & stupidity
UPDATE: Pam posted the video & transcript of Powell on Meet the Press.
I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim."This was a delight to my old yiddishe ears; the only thing I'd change about it is that I'd include the word Arab in there too (but you already knew I felt that way)
Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim; he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian.
But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America.
Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?
Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
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