In response to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama last week, John McCain boasted on "Meet the Press" of the five former secretaries of state who have thrown their support behind his own candidacy. Yet braggadocio ran into bungle when McCain tried to name all five, twice getting only to four,and looking a bit shaky in the process.
Fresh off a trip to small-town Ohio, Truthdig's political reporter weighs in on the week's news, from the Colin Powell endorsement to the battle for Pennsylvania.
John McCain and his running mate respond to Colin Powell's endorsement of the other ticket, which the general said was motivated in part by McCain's choice of Sarah Palin.
Colin Powell demonstrated his eponymous "Powell Doctrine" of overwhelming force on Sunday when he endorsed Barack Obama on "Meet the Press." The general covered all lines of retreat and took no prisoners.
Colin Powell said Sarah Palin was one of the many reasons he decided to endorse Barack Obama. According to an ABC News-Washington Post poll, he has plenty of company. Fifty-two percent of likely voters question John McCain's judgment because of his running mate choice.
The former secretary of state and Joint Chiefs chairman revealed on Sunday whom he is voting for and why. Powell explained that it was not easy to disappoint his friend, John McCain, but that Barack Obama is the "transformational figure" America needs at this moment.
The strongest argument for Obama is the weak performance of the Republican regime's vaunted "grown-ups," including McCain and his advisers. They have gone far in proving that experience can be overrated.