Step aside Christopher Buckley. Likewise, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Leach, Susan Eisenhower, Mrs. Hagel, Ms. Drew, Rep. Gilchrest, and others. Or at least make room for one more. Perhaps one of the most significant Republican endorsements for Barack Obama is now confirmed.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat’s “ability to inspire” and the “inclusive nature of his campaign.”
“I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Powell said he was concerned about what he characterized as a recent negative turn of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain’s campaign, such as the campaign’s attempts to tie Obama to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.
“I think that’s inappropriate. I understand what politics is about — I know how you can go after one another, and that’s good. But I think this goes too far, and I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for,” he said.
Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.
Now, more cynical folks might say that Powell is still smarting from the embarrassment of his infamous U.N. performance on behalf of the Bush administration’s “war jones” re: Iraq. But he wouldn’t be the first Republican to be dismayed by the low road taken by the McCain campaign.