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November 4, 2008

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Colin Powell: Obama “He would electrify our country and the world”

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State, and National Security Advisor Colin Powell has chosen to back Barack Obama. In an interview today, on Meet the Press, Powell stated that Obama would electrify our county and the world.

Powell stated that McCain’s “unsure” response to the ongoing economic crisis and his selection of a running mate who is “not ready to be president of the United States,” along with an increasingly “narrow” Republican approach to deepening national problems, had led him to support Obama. Other well thought and specific remarks included “His ability to inspire, the inclusive nature of his campaign, his reaching out all across America, who he is and his rhetorical abilities….he has both style and substance,” Powell said of Obama. He said that Obama’s own intellectual ability, and the experts surrounding him, had convinced him of Obama’s readiness to lead the country. During the recent economic crisis in particular, Powell said, Obama had shown “steadiness, intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and approach….not just jumping in and changing every day but showing intellectual vigor. He has a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well”. He felt Obama’s pick of Senator Joe Biden ensured that we had an individual that was ready to serve on day one.

As for McCain, he said, “I found he was a little unsure as to how to deal with economic problems we’re having, almost every day a different approach. That concerned me, a sense that he didn’t have a complete grasp” of the situation.

Powell said he was also concerned about McCain’s vice presidential choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom he called “a distinguished woman,” who was not ready to be president. “That raised some questions in my mind as to his judgment.” read more from the Washington Post

The Choice: The New Yorker Endorses Obama

At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure, and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama.

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Obama vows to crack down on oil speculation

By Caren Bohan CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama offered new steps on Sunday to crack down on speculation in oil markets, saying his plan would help rein in runaway fuel costs. A jump in gasoline prices above…

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Angry Clinton women love McCain?

TEN years ago John McCain had to apologize for regaling a Republican audience with a crude sexual joke about Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and Janet Reno. Last year he had to explain why he didn’t so much as flinch when a supporter asked him on camera, “How do we beat the bitch?” But these days Mr. McCain just loves the women.

In his televised address on Barack Obama’s victory night of June 3, he dismissed Mr. Obama in a single patronizing line but devoted four fulsome sentences to praising Mrs. Clinton for “inspiring millions of women.” The McCain Web site is showcasing a new blogger who crooned of the “genuine affection” for Mrs. Clinton “here at McCain HQ” after she lost. One of the few visible women in the McCain campaign hierarchy, Carly Fiorina, has declared herself “enormously proud” of Mrs. Clinton and is barnstorming to win over Democratic women to her guy’s cause.

How heartwarming. You’d never guess that Mr. McCain is a fierce foe of abortion rights or that he voted to terminate the federal family-planning program that provides breast-cancer screenings. You’d never know that his new campaign blogger, recruited from The Weekly Standard, had shown his genuine affection for Mrs. Clinton earlier this year by portraying her as a liar and whiner and by piling on with a locker-room jeer after she’d been called a monster. “Tell us something we don’t know,” he wrote.

But while the McCain campaign apparently believes that women are easy marks for its latent feminist cross-dressing, a reality check suggests that most women can instantly identify any man who’s hitting on them for selfish ends. New polls show Mr. Obama opening up a huge lead among female voters — beating Mr. McCain by 13 percentage points in the Gallup and Rasmussen polls and by 19 points in the latest Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey.

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McCain states: “It’s tough to be proud of America”

But wait, isn’t this the same thing that many were complaining about when Michelle Obama said for the first time she is proud to be an American? Is this sexism or silly campaign tricks of taking a metaphor our of context and milking it for all it’s worth?