Colin Powell Endorsing Obama?
Bill Kristol has sources telling him that Powell Powell will endorse Barack Obama and “He may well give a speech at the Democratic convention explaining his endorsement of Obama.” Powell‘s denial is pretty vehement: “I do not have time to waste on Bill Kristol’s musings. I am not going to the convention. I have made this clear.”
Powell has been not-so-subtly flirting with an Obama endorsement for months and high placed sources think it’ll happen. Carter national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski told HuffPo that he “expects” the endorsement.
Meanwhile, Obama is already getting endorsement from more minor Republicans, including former Congressmen Jim Leach and Lincoln Chafee. (Although Chafee quit the party, of which he was a nominal member, after losing his re-election bid.)
This follows on word that Ford and Bush 41 NSA Brent Scowcroft considers himself “neutral” in the race and will likely not endorse either candidate.
Clearly, many traditional Republican Realists are unhappy with the more aggressive foreign policy of the neoconservatives. While McCain has a better understanding of the limitations of American military power than Kristol and company, he shares their “national greatness” view of international relations.
I wouldn’t be at all shocked if Powell were to quietly endorse Obama. It’s not in his character, however, to make a big show of turning on the Republicans. It’s almost inconceivable that he’d go to the Democratic Convention and do a Zell Miller.