My friend Annie has criticized a couple of things Barack Obama has said saying they are divisive. He said something like "They'll say I don't look like all the other Presidents and they'll try to make you afraid of me." Annie said he couldn't possibly know this unless he was clairvoyant. Maybe he is clairvoyant. The last few weeks, increasingly the McCain campaign has been painting Obama as "other" and "scary" (and it's not just the liberal elitist media that has noticed). Moderate aned even Conservative Republicans are even becoming uncomfortable with the tone of the campaign.
Yesterday, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama. The great oracle Tom Brokaw predicted that some might say this endorsement was about race. Today, as if on clue, the Conservative pundits quickly sought to minimize the enormity of such a famous Conservative and great military leader putting his stamp of approval on Barack Obama.
Gordon Campbell called Colin Powell a black Benedict Arnold for endorsing Obama, drawing Benedict Arnold in black face and said it was all about race saying:
"The only reasonable explanation for such a public political "about-face" in the midst of this important election is that Colin Powell, perhaps understandably, wishes to see someone who looks like himself in the White House," (emphasis mine) Campbell said.
"It's my opinion that General Powell has based his endorsement of Barack Obama on the color of his skin, not his qualifications, his experience or the content of his character."
The great comedian blowhard Rush Limbaugh echoed the sentiment.
"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race," Limbaugh wrote in an email. "OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll let you know what I come up with."
"I guess he also regrets Reagan and Bush making him a four-star [General] and Secretary of State and appointing his son to head the FCC. Yes, let's hear it for transformational figures."
There has been a wave of conservative pundits and newspapers endorsing Obama. Christopher Buckley, Kathleen Parker, Christopher Hitchens and on and on. Newspapers that have never endorsed a Democrat have endorse Obama. But, Colin Powell endorses him and suddenly it's about race. Rush wants to know which white inexperienced liberal Powell endorsed. Which inexperienced white liberals have any of these other conservatives ever endorsed? How is that the point? Is Powell supposed to be so grateful for his appointments and that of his son that he never bites the hand of the Conservatives? Isn't it possible he earned that appointment and his four stars?
George Will (hereafter known as George "The Hypocrite" Will) actually wrote less than month ago about how erratic McCain had become; opening his article titled "McCain Loses His Head" with this quote: "Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama." Yet, Colin Powell could not come to this same conclusion without race being the only factor? George mentions Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton in the same breath with Barack Obama on national TV and minimizes his success by saying that he gets two votes because he's black for every one he loses because he's black?
Seems Obama is not only the "One", he's a prophet, too. He told you this was coming.
p.s.- When Annie made this comment the first time, I told her it didn't take a clairvoyant to see this coming. Sometimes I just hate being right. Unfortunately, this is not evidence of Barack Obama's powers of clairvoyance (it made a catchy title). It's evidence of his ability to learn from history and see what's coming.