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 October, 2008


 Palin Vs. Powell, No Match

“To gain Palin and lose Powell speaks for itself.”
Kevin Straw, Leicester, England

From London, England’s timesonline.com

You Take Sarah. He’ll Take Colin
By Al Owens
The vultures are circling the McCain camp. And to use another avian metaphor, the chickens have now come home to roost.

McCain and his supporters are desperately trying to find fault with anything Barack Obama says or does. But, that’s not working.

It only took hours after Gen. Colin Powell publicly threw his support behind Obama, for America’s foremost race baiter, Rush Limbaugh, to bring Powell’s race into it.

“It’s all about race,” Limbaugh emphatically told his radio audience. That, despite Powell’s other stated reasons for not supporting McCain, and for supporting Obama.

Limbaugh had reduced a man who, until that endorsement, transcended race, to having purely racial motives. Limbaugh would otherwise be ashamed of himself. But he knows no shame.

Remember, it was Limbaugh who had to disconnect himself from ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown in 2003, for his racially insensitive remarks about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donavan McNabb.

McNabb had been to three straight Pro Bowls, two consecutive NFC championship games and was the runner-up for NFL’s MVP in his rookie season – yet to Rush Limbaugh, he’d gotten too favorable treatment from the media – for only one reason. He’s black.

“Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go," Limbaugh claimed. "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.”
Limbaugh set-off a controversy - with calls for ESPN to immediately dump him. He dumped himself, instead. So his attack on Powell was predictable.

Powell, in some circles, is considered to be among the most respected people in America. That is until last Sunday.

Now, according to some McCain’s supporters and to Limbaugh – he’s capable of making decisions only based on his skin pigment.

Powell has spent his life serving this country. He’d been a Secretary of State, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a decorated U.S. Army general – who’d actually known how to win a war.
(McCain keeps claiming he knows how to win a war. I’ve researched the history books - but I can’t find a war McCain has been directly involved with that he’s actually won)

Powell has been, if anything, a thoughtful man who has not been given to petty politics. Yet, Limbaugh believes he can read his Powell’s simplistic mind.

But this has less to do with Rush Limbaugh, than it does the current trajectory of a presidential campaign that’s become inept.
Free falling poll numbers aside, McCain is losing the respect of the American public. So, he couldn’t really launch a direct attack on Powell.
After all, Powell was really doing what McCain claims he’ll do if he’s elected. He reached across the aisle.
So McCain launches new, daily attacks on Obama. If it’s Monday, Obama is a socialist. If it’s Tuesday, he’s a communist. If it’s Wednesday, he’s a Bolshevik.
I can’t wait ‘til Sunday.

With each new definition McCain and his camp have for Obama, there’s always something they didn’t predict.
There’s videotape that reveals McCain, himself, has felt the same way.

Let’s look at Obama the supposed “socialist.”

That’s been one of McCain and Sarah Palin’s stump anthems regarding Obama’s tax plan.

Oh, but the videotape vaults reveal that on October 12th, 2000 it was John McCain who advocated the same kinds of tax policies he now claims are “socialism.”

On Hardball with Chris Matthews, a college student asked McCain why her father, a doctor, had to pay higher taxes.
McCain’s response?

“I think it's to some degree because we feel, obviously, that wealthy people can afford more,” he told the young questioner.
But she wasn’t finished. She asked a follow-up. “Are we getting closer and closer to, like, socialism and stuff?”
“I really believe that when you are -- reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more,” replied McCain.

He must’ve been a “socialist” back then, don’t you think?

Edward A. Owens of Uniontown is Webmaster of “Red Raider Nation: Where Champions Live.” E-mail him at freedoms@bellatlantic.net