What are you saying? Please Gen. Powell, you have clearly moved Left. He says the Republican Party has moved more to the Right than he would like to see it. The fact is, however, that the G.O.P. now consists of two factions; the centrist, mostly eastern, country club Republicans and the rest of the base, conservative folks in the red states. Colin Powell says the McCain people have made the William Ayers friendship the central focus of the campaign and speaks of the “very, very limited” relationship that Obama has had with Bill Ayers! Huh! The Ayers connection, and Obama’s refusal to be truthful about it, is becoming a more important issue precisely because it indicates extremely poor judgment unbecoming a presidential candidate.
Today we learn definitively that in 1997 Obama wrote a short review of a William Ayers book. Suggestions of this have appeared in the media before but now an industrious blogger has dug up the actual book with Obama’s blurb and photo.( photo below) Blogger zomblog says:
I find it very hard — no, make that impossible — to believe that Barack Obama had “no idea” who William Ayers really was, or that he had a past as a notorious domestic terrorist (as Obama’s campaign has claimed) while serving on panels with Ayers and simultaneously praising Ayers’ book in a major newspaper.
This story is likely to continue growing, and I thought that the image above would provide a good “visual” for the Obama-Ayers connection.
[UPDATE: On page 82 of the book itself, Ayers mentions Obama. So there’s no question they knew each other.]
Michell Malkin’s take on this today: Finally, we arrive at the real reason Powell is endorsing Obama: The party, he complains, has become too “narrow” for his tastes. Pro-abortion Powell can’t stand the thought of two more Republican Supreme Court appointments. He thinks Sarah Palin is too conservative. He shares the Obama view of our base as racist and non-inclusive — but has nothing to say about the rabid pack of America-damning preachers who helped make Obama the “transformational” figure Powell has placed his faith in.
Anyway, below is the Colin Powell appearance with Brokaw today: