Republican luminaries endorsing Obama


Former Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, endorsed President Obama’s reelection today.

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, CBS via NPR

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, CBS via NPR

Correspondent Jim Stanley provides his count of GOP luminaries who endorse Obama in this election:

[H]ere are the ones I have tallied:

  • Former Senator Larry Pressler of South Dakota;
  • Former Reagan Budget Director David Stockman;
  • Former Bush 41 Admin. Budget Director Bruce Bartlett;
  • Former Rhode Island Senator and current Governor Linc Chaffee;
  • Former Bush National Security Advisor Richard Clarke;
  • Reagan Administration Asst. Atty. General Doug Kmiec;
  • Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist;
  • Former Nixon aide John Dean;
  • Former Reagan Solicitor General Charles Fried;
  • Former National Review Publisher Wick Allison; and
  • From what I can see, former National Review columnist Chris Buckley has not issued an official 2012 endorsement but has said he has seen no reason to change his 2008 endorsement of Obama.

I don’t know if former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan will repeat his Obama endorsement. The only prominent Republican I know of who endorsed Obama in 2008 and has publicly switched his position is former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Former Senator and Governor Lowell Weicker has also re-endorsed the President. Now, Weicker, Crist and Chaffee officially left the GOP over its extreme rightward drift, but they have not become Democrats.

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6 Responses to Republican luminaries endorsing Obama

  1. jsojourner says:

    Oh where to begin when presented with such a bountiful table full of stupid…

    David says, Colin Powel

    I am SO trying to give the benefit of the doubt here but…er…um…it’s Powell. With 2 “l’s. I can’t ask if your “l” is busted because, well, you typed it once in “Colin” and once in “Powel”. Are you a conservationist, David? Is there a shortage I should be aware of? I’m really not a spelling and grammar nazi. Lord knows, I’ve made my share of mistakes. But since you repeat this one ad infinitum, I have to wonder if it’s a repressed cry for help. Read a newspaper, lad. (Psst. Stormfront doesn’t count.)

    Young David continues, …said he was voting for Obama 2008 due him being a “transformational figure”,-( Colin Powel: “It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Sen. McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that ….I think we need a transformational figure…”) – which i read as him referrring to Obama being 1/2 Black.

    See, there’s your problem, Skippy. It’s the way “you read” it. Maybe if you read books and newspapers you might not come to such slip shod conclusions. General Powell went on, in that same interview, to talk about Senator Obama’s transformational ideas, policy positions, and proposals. Not least among them, Obama’s foreign affairs and national defense stratagem.

    Do you suppose someone like Colin Powell (or Richard Danzig, for that matter) might not be in a position to recognize these things?

    He rambles, There again So did Tom hanks who citied the fact that Negros used to be worth 5/8 th of a white person as a reason he voted for Obama.

    To quote a man whose brevity commands my highest respect, “Oy.”

    We’ve gone from Colin Powell to Tom Hanks? You seem to find some sort of logical link there between the two. You do realize, don’t you, that Colin Powell was a real soldier. And then, a real general. Tom Hanks played an army Captain in a movie. So one of them was commenting from a position to know about public policy, managing people, overseeing expenditures and applying strategy…and the other was a movie star with a cultural statement to make.

    The lil’ fella continues, In fact heaps of white folks voted for ‘hope’ and ‘change’ symbolised by Obama’s blackness. How is this controverisal?????

    The only thing that is controversial (sic) here is your lack of understanding. And possibly, your use of question marks.

    The hope and change Senator Obama represented were hope that America could still be great after eight years featuring nothing but one massive clusterf*ck after another under The Decider. ‘Member him, Dave? Oh, and the change Obama represented was a change from arrogant cowboy diplomacy to thoughtful engagement with the world.

    Mission accomplished.

    David adds, Obama is a secretive leftie

    Do tell. I guess I will have to concede this point, David. President Obama certainly IS to the left of The Decider and President Reagan. I think the jury is out on whether he is to the left of Presidents Clinton or Bush 41. My sense is he’s damn close to both. They are, all three, corporatists at their core. I don’t much like it but if you have to choose between three of a kind and high card, you’ll opt for the better of the two hands every time.

    But David, would you kindly elucidate a bit more here? I mean really — how is President Obama to the left of Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Jack Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower or Harry Truman?

    Care to compare tax rates or federal spending under any of those cats with Obama? Go ‘head. I double dog dare ya.

    Master David goes on, who threatened to remake America

    Don’t you think it needs a bit of remaking? Or are you particularly happy with the current rate of infant mortality? I think we’re somewhere around 48th. Does that make you proud?

    And he further opines, and treated with disdain his American citizens who he thinks are clinging to their religion and guns

    I was very disappointed in the President over that remark. Not that he made it. Rather, that he apologized for it and called it a mistake. Because he was correct the first time.

    More from this budding mensa member, So I have used Powell’s own words to inform and instruct my opinion that Powell is still enthralled with the ‘sun god’.

    I think if I could have any wish it would be for you to make that remark in the physical presence of General Powell. Or, for that matter, in the physical presence of any African-American member of the Armed Forces.

    Because I would like to see how they react to someone impugning their patriotism and capacity for independent thought in the same swollen, tortured sentence. Oh yes, I would.

    He drones one, of course Sununo was managing a politcal problem , but it has some degree of truth in it…as Powell’s words atest.

    For the love of Christ, boy…spell check. Use it. It’s not as powerful a tool as an eighth grade education, I realize, but still…

    The scintillating commentary continues…Just look at black voting pattrens to see group affinity at work. That Blacks overwhelmingly support a Black candidate doesnt logically follow that Whites behave in the same way.

    You failed to answer the question put to you earlier. If African American people almost always vote for other African Americans, then please explain the following:

    1. Why didn’t General Powell endorse Al Sharpton in 2004?
    2. Why didn’t General Powell endorse Alan Keyes in 2000?
    3. Why didn’t General Powell endorse Jesse Jackson in 1988?

    Bonus: Why didn’t Kenneth Blackwell and Michael Steele win the the African American vote in Ohio and Maryland when they each ran for Governor and Senator respectively? Both men are black. But the black vote when overwhelmingly went to white guys named Strickland and Cardin.

    Got a clue, Skippy?

    David piles more “logic” on the heap, Meanwhile all sorts of racial smears are mounted at the tea party, conservatives, RNC etc that simply arent true

    Well let’s see, David. Perhaps you can explain what it means when protesters gather carrying signs with President Obama’s visage turned into that of a monkey. Or when they carry effigies of the President being lynched. Or when they put bumper stickers on their car or buttons on their lapels that read “don’t re-nig in 2012″. Or when they wear T-shirts that say “put the WHITE back in the White House”.

    Oh wait — don’t bother. I can repeat the talking points for you.

    1. People who do that are really liberals planted in the crowd to make conservatives look bad.
    2. It’s always a photoshop job.
    3. The GOP and Tea Party do have 1 or 2 crazies running around but you Dumbocrats are ALL crazy.

    Yeah, mmmkay. I’ve heard those.

    Here’s the problem, David. I have 30 years of experience as a journalist…20 of that in Christian Broadcasting, dealing with audiences that are overwhelmingly conservative. Many of them are fine, loving and decent people without a racist bone in their bodies. But a plurality (if not a majority) are bigoted hatemongers.

    I attended tea party rallies in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2009. In person. I saw the signs. I heard the chants. I talked to the people. “Get that n*gger and his uppity wife out of our White House” was the gist of it. It’s what the Tea Party stands for. It’s NOT what the whole conservative movement or the whole GOP stand for. At least not entirely, thank God. But if people like Senator Rand Paul get their way…I shudder to imagine what the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower will look like.

    There’s a reason Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond left the Democratic Party, David. There’s a reason they both found a home in the Republican Party.

    David holds forth, if you wish to argue with the racist “conservative” caricatures that dwell in your mind , there is always ‘stormfront’ to visit.

    Oh, I have visited. And the Council of Conservative Citizens. And Free Republic. And Drudge. You mean you don’t? Perhaps you’re clairvoyant and can channel them without having read them. Your bigoted notion that a decorated American hero who put his life on the line for the country he loved would endorse a candidate for any reason other than love of that country is straight out of the Stormfront playbook.

    Note that I am not saying an endorsement of Romney is NOT patriotic. Just that a person can endorse President Obama for patriotic reasons, too. And that when someone as decorated, wise and heroic as Colin Powell does so…he has earned the benefit of the doubt.

    After all, if I followed your logic…I’d have endorsed Governor Romney. After all, I’m a white guy.

    Mercifully, David concludes…s for hate , well that resides deep inside your heart as i have said nothing to deserve such a spray of ..well …vomit.

    David, I do hate — everything you seem to stand for. But not you. I just pity you. You’re young. You’ll hopefully figure things out. It’s understandable. I was a racist and a bigot in my youth, too. I won’t go into all the detail of how that ended and how I learned to replace hate with love.

    For now, suffice it to say you disrespected a great man. You essentially said that Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because “black people stick with their own kind no matter what, country be damned”.

    That’s wrong. It’s hateful. And if you don’t change that ugly chorus that keeps playing inside your head, it will consume you one day.

    Jim

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  2. David xavier says:

    JamesK- Colin Powel himself said he was voting for Obama 2008 due him being a “transformational figure”,-( Colin Powel: “It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Sen. McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that ….I think we need a transformational figure…”) – which i read as him referrring to Obama being 1/2 Black. There again So did Tom hanks who citied the fact that Negros used to be worth 5/8 th of a white person as a reason he voted for Obama. Obama was the post racial transformative candidate. In fact heaps of white folks voted for ‘hope’ and ‘change’ symbolised by Obama’s blackness. How is this controverisal?????
    ( I didnt btw as Obama is a secretive leftie who threatened to remake America and treated with disdain his American citizens who he thinks are clinging to their religion and guns – the guy’s a real piece of work)

    Colin powel has since endorsed Obama a second time , again for reasons partly to do with Obama being the first black president. Powell reiterated that Obama was a “transformational figure”

    So I have used Powell’s own words to inform and instruct my opinion that Powell is still enthralled with the ‘sun god’.

    So JamesK , Of course Sununo was managing a politcal problem , but it has some degree of truth in it…as Powell’s words atest. Just look at black voting pattrens to see group affinity at work. That Blacks overwhelmingly support a Black candidate doesnt logically follow that Whites behave in the same way. Meanwhile all sorts of racial smears are mounted at the tea party, conservatives, RNC etc that simply arent true…they are parroted to cause political damage.

    Jim , if you wish to argue with the racist “conservative” caricatures that dwell in your mind , there is always ‘stormfront’ to visit.That you know of such sites is disturbing. As for hate , well that resides deep inside your heart as i have said nothing to deserve such a spray of ..well …vomit.

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  3. JamesK says:

    So David has bought into the notion that the reason Colin Powell endorsed the President is because they’re both black.

    So I guess, David, you’re admitting that you’re voting for Mittens because you’re both white? And that Meatloaf endorsed Mittens because they’re both white?

    Because that is the logical extension of what Mr. Sununu said…that whites will endorse and vote for Mittens because he is white.

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  4. Jim says:

    Hello, David!

    Welcome to the John Sununu Tea Party College of Racism! Do you also agree with the former New Hampshire Governor that Barack Obama is “lazy”, “smokes dope” and doesn’t “know how to be an American”?

    General Powell re-endorsed Barack Obama because they are both black? What a high opinion you have of a decorated American hero. You evidently didn’t read his rationale for endorsing the President. Seems pretty substantive to me.

    No less than former RNC Chairman Michael Steele has condemned your sort of thinking as racist and hateful. Mr. Steele is to be commended, as a Romney supporter, for being even-handed, gracious and respectful to the uniform.

    Sununu’s statement (and yours) is unpatriotic and insulting to a man who has served, and continues to serve in myriad ways, this great country with honor and distinction.

    More to the point, I have to wonder why former U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Danzig re-endorsed President Obama. Admiral Danzig is a white guy. Perhaps he isn’t aware of that. You might want to send him a memo. I am sure once he realizes, either that he is white or President Obama is black, he will change his endorsement to Governor Romney.

    Governor Romney is white, you see. Well, most of the time.

    Except — you know — when he is wistfully suggesting how great it would be to be “a Hispanic”, reminding people of his connection to Mexico and overdoing the spray-on tan whenever he happens to address a small group of Latinos. But it’s okay. Wishing you weren’t white is understandable if you’re Mitt. After all, “those people” get all the “gimmees”. Or, as Rick Santorum and Paul Ryan might put it, “Blah people are ‘takers’, not ‘makers’.”

    Just out of curiosity, did General Powell endorse Al Sharpton in 2004? Did he endorse Alan Keyes in 2000 and in 1996? Did he get behind Jesse Jackson in 1988? Perhaps Powell has only recently discovered that he is African-American and that may account for it. Yeah. That, I’m sure.

    Wow. If only General Powell has realized the other candidates he endorsed — George W. Bush, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush — were all white guys! How history might have changed!

    To put it another way, David, save your hate, bigotry and stupid for Stormfront or the Council of Conservative Citizens.

    This isn’t my blog but I think it’s fair to say, while dissenting opinions are welcomed, dissenters who simply show up and vomit all over the place are not.

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  5. David xavier says:

    Powell primarily endorsed Obama because he was a transfromational figure, that is , because he was Black. He is perserving with this endorsement second time around. I think Powell has gotten used to the ‘party circuit’ after he originally endorsed Obama. To go against Obama now would mess that up.

    There again there are reasons not to endorse Romney , I can name several, but in my opinion Obama is the bigger risk …each to their own.

    Interestingly , for a conservative public figure to break ranks and go over to the other side – he makes social gains, and ends the relentless demonisation. For a liberal to break ranks and come over to the conservative side , there is a social penalty and has them becoming a target for destruction. At the end of one’s career , you see dubious types ( all party’s have them) cashing in on ‘betrayal’ to gain acceptance with the ‘in crowd’.

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  6. JamesK says:

    So Mittens is finally claiming that the only reason that Powell endorsed Obama is because they’re both black.

    Which means that the only reason that Mitt gets endorsements and the votes of white people is because he’s white.

    Yeah logic has never been the conservative’s strong suit.

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