Quick news diary: I have no idea how connected Lawrence O’Connell is, but on the Huffington Post he’s suggesting Colin Powell will endorse Obama after tonight’s debate
It now seems beyond doubt that Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama and thereby hammer the final nail in the coffin of the Republican campaign to hold onto the White House.
O’Connell goes on to say:
The recent ugliness of the McCain-Palin rally audiences cannot be lost on Colin Powell. And Powell is not one to ignore a 14 point lead in a New York Times poll. But most important for Powell and the press will be his explicit rejection of the Bush-McCain approach to Iraq, Iran and the rest of the world.
Powell’s endorsement will be perfectly timed to dominate a news cycle or two. It will give Obama the one thing he still needs more of–credibility as Commander-In-Chief. And Sarah Palin’s speechwriters will be hard pressed to come up with a condescending quip about it.
A Powell endorsement would certainly shoot down one of McCain’s only remaining leads – in national security. A friend of mine who worked as a White House fellow said that even back in 2001, Powell would joke about himself being the ‘only Liberal in the cabinet.’
To my mind, Powell has nothing to lose by endorsing a candidate, and that Obama would be his choice.