Now it’s Colin Powell.
He makes three points:
1. We need a transformational President; Obama might be one, McCain won’t.
2. During the financial crisis, Obama behaved like a President; McCain didn’t.
3. McCain’s dirty and trivial campaign is inappropriate to the gravity of the situation.
Does the endorsement matter? Search me. It might. But like the wave of newspaper endorsements from right-leaning papers (Denver Post, Salt Lake City Tribune, Wisconsin State Journal, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, with no paper that endorsed Kerry in 2004 endorsing McCain) it’s at worst a straw in the wind. Conservatives and Republicans driven by the ethic of responsibility rather than factional loyalty are, with more or less trepidation, casting their lot with Obama.