In an effort to conserve precious time and space on what has become a pretty busy and crowded month, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and combine two of my favorite features. Normally these two segments don't share anything in common other than this blog, but this time around they segue perfectly. You'll understand as you read on.
TIP OF THE HAT:
Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama on CBS This Morning:
"I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and
I'll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.
"Generally we've come out
of the dive and we're starting to gain altitude. The unemployment rate is too high, people are
still hurting in housing but I see that we're starting to rise up.
"I saw the President get us
out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into
any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with
respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And
so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.
"The Governor who was
saying things at the debate on Monday night ... was saying things that
were quite different from what he said earlier. I'm not quite sure which
Governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy. One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan
but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal, same thing in
Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor
Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a
different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the
campaign. And my concern ... is that sometimes I don't sense that he has
thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.
"As I listen to what his proposals are especially
with respect to dealing with respect to our most significant issue, the
economy, it's essentially let's cut taxes and compensate for that with
other things but that compensation does not cover all of the cuts
intended or the new expenses associated with defense.
"The major problem faced either by Governor Romney or President Obama,
whoever wins the election, is going to be what to do about the fiscal
cliff we're about to fly over. This is something that was put in place by Congress and while we're
talking about the two candidates for president let's not forget that
Congress bears a lot of responsibility for many of the problems that we
have now. They're the ones that write the appropriations bills. They're
the ones that pass the legislation for more spending and for the various
entitlement programs that people have trouble with."
John Sununu's Reaction to Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight:
Morgan: What reason would that be?
Sununu: Well, I think when you have somebody of your
own race that you're proud of being president of the United States, I
applaud Colin for standing with him.
Yep, there you have it: a man of conviction and a man convicted. One man thoughtfully chose his words; the other played the race card. One man is a patriot; the other an idiot.