Limbaugh Implies Powell Only Endorsed Obama Because He’s Black

By Arnab Datta

Oct 19, 2008 2:55pm

Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen get an email from Rush Limbaugh about Gen. Colin Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race," Limbaugh wrote. "OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

"I was also unaware of his dislike for John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia. I guess he also regrets Reagan and Bush making him a four-star and secretary of state and appointing his son to head the FCC. Yes, let’s hear it for transformational figures."

Powell said this morning that if this had been about race he would have endorsed Obama last year, as opposed to giving Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., campaign contributions. It was about the campaigns Obama and McCain have been waging, Powell said, and the candidates they have become.

It’s probably is worth pointing out that there are a host of Bush Sr.-era Republicans who say they have been appalled at the rightward foreign policy direction of the Bush administration regarding Iraq, torture, Guantanamo, diplomacy, and other issues. Many say they think that McCain in many ways (though not all) seems even more conservative.

A good example is Powell’s former long-time chief of staff, Col. Larry Wilkerson (Ret.), who has been very critical of the Bush administration since leaving its employ.

– jpt

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