Just when you thought Elections 2008 had reached its pinnacle, given its stream of unprecedented events, there is more, at least one more. Perhaps it’s the final pumpkin in the patch just a few days before Halloween, but I guarantee you that this one is no scary tale.
Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired U.S. Army General, Colin Powell, who served under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005, endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Sunday, Oct. 19). Powell said, “I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that's why I'm supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain.” Powell also expressed his disappointment in the tone of his long time friend, Sen. John McCain’s campaign.
Frankly, when a highly respected Republican chooses to endorse a Democratic presidential candidate just a few days before a presidential election, one has to wonder, what went wrong? The question here is for the Republicans, because whether or not the Democrats thought Powell’s decision was forthcoming they now hold a major trump card they do not need to question.
What does this mean for Sen. Obama? Moreover, what does it mean for Sen. McCain? Get aboard my “straight-talk” express, because the writing is on the wall and not even a prognostic, political pundit can alter it. The war veteran and his “GOP strategy”, Gov. Sarah Palin—who, ironically was featured on the September 15, 2008 cover of Newsweek with a rifle slung across her shoulder—need to hang up their guns. The battle is over! Frankly, it won’t surprise me one bit if President Bush decides to endorse Sen. Obama, since many Republicans have become very disappointed in McCain, primarily in his choice for running mate.
Given the current U.S. economic crisis voters are mainly concerned with stretching their dollars and fixing the broken economy. Therefore, inflation, foreclosure, healthcare and tax reform takes precedence over funding a useless war in Iraq. In round three of the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y (Wednesday, Oct. 15), Sen. McCain vehemently stated that he was not President Bush; however, his support of the war in Iraq makes him and President Bush the same to everyone except Gov. Palin.
The war in Iraq is the oracle of what went wrong for the Republicans. And, their legacy might forever remain a government that initiated a war in Iraq causing our nation to lose many courageous soldiers who fought a battle with a mission that is yet unknown.
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