Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: 96 SL500, 97 E420,
Location: Los Angeles
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Mickey Edwards, Princeton lecturer and former Republican congressman:
General Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama is highly significant in its own right -- there are very few Americans more respected, nor more deservedly so, than Secretary Powell -- but its real importance is that it is one more in a long a series of repudiations of the Republican Party, and sometimes of Senator McCain specifically, by some of the most prominent, and most highly regarded, names in the party. Reduce...
Susan Eisenhower and Jim Leach, two of the party's top foreign policy experts, support Obama. Christopher Buckley endorsed Obama at the cost of losing his connection to the magazine his father created. George Will's criticisms of the Bush Administration, the Republican Party, and the McCain campaign have been devastating.
I have traveled from one end of the country to the other over the past several months, giving speeches specifically criticizing the Administration, the party, and McCain's campaign and have been shocked by the disgust with which prominent Republicans in every state have simply had it with what the party has become.
At first, this was primarily a reaction to the arrogance and incompetence of the Bush Administration or disgust with the way Republicans in Congress had abandoned their constitutional obligations to act as extensions of the White House staff, while John McCain, the self-described "maverick", was thought of as someone separate from -- independent of -- the forces that were so diminishing the party. But as the McCain campaign has devolved into a non-stop mishmash of irrelevance and nastiness, he, too, has fallen out of favor. It is easy enough to find people who will vote for McCain, but those who do so are more likely to be voting against Obama -- who is, after all, a liberal running in a right-of-center country -- than out of any residual enthusiasm for John McCain.
On its own, Colin Powell's endorsement is important; in context, it's devastating.