Rumors seem to be flying that Colin Powell might be endorsing Obama. At the very least, he seems to be disgusted by McCain’s campaign, and rightly so. He is one of the few decent Republicans that seem to be left, in spite of how it would appear he was used by the Bush administration in the lead up to the Iraq war.
Update: Well, the rumors panned out and Obama has won Colin Powell’s endorsement. I am reasonably confident that Powell does not endorse 100% of Obama’s policies, but thinks that he has the temperament, maturity, level headedness, critical thinking skills, curiosity, and intent to lead this country in a better direction. . I think there is an important lesson for we American voters. It is not necessary to agree with your candidate 100%. The important matter is the rough direction towards which the candidate wish to direct us better than the alternative directions? We do have to learn to come together and pragmatically solve our problems as Americans. For example, on energy, Obama supported compromise on offshore oil drilling to get other energy matters through. As new offshore drilling will only give us maybe 1% of our oil needs in 10-20 years and sends a message to Chavez and Putin that we’re interested in extending our oil addiction, I don’t think that was a compromise that was needed. But Obama did previously vote on 3 occasions (but did miss at least 1 critical vote) to extend tax credits to alternative energy sources (a vote McCain skipped out on). I think this demonstrates Obama’s sense of a better direction. By the way, as a result of losing that bill, we buy wind technology we helped to develop from Denmark. Great for the Danes (loved my time in Denmark), but for us, that’s not change I can believe in.