On Meet the Press this morning, Colin Powell said:
I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.
The endorsement isn’t much of a surprise. And, it probably won’t have much of an effect, save to give Obama the next few news cycles, which McCain can’t afford to lose.
But, Powell’s seven-minute introduction to those seven words is a thoughtful, dispassionate, well-reasoned summary of the campaign and of the choice that America has. And it’s just a devastating — and irrebuttable* — takedown of McCain. You must watch it. (
No embed link, yet. Thanks, sabutai.)
*I write “irrebuttable” knowing full well that McCain and his surrogates will certainly give it the college try. We can expect a few days of fun watching Tucker Bounds and Nancy Pfotenhauer tie themselves in knots trying to explain why nobody should care what Colin Powell says. (Washed up old patriot?) In some ways, Powell has put them in a no-win position. Any attack on Powell will just confirm his judgment of their campaign.
UPDATE (by David): Here is Powell outside the NBC studios immediately after his TV appearance. Well worth watching.